While showing houses over the weekend, my clients were impressed by the different shapes, sizes and most noticeably, colors of front doors!  Doors are the entranceway to what awaits a buyer on the inside– an opening that may lead to small, medium or grand rooms; rooms that scream traditional, contemporary or whimsical; rooms that say: “choose me.”

Clearly there are many aspects of a home that will appeal to buyers; grounds that are sleekly maintained, or yards that offer a more natural landscaped look.  Perhaps the criteria involve a two-car garage, a split-level design, a chef’s kitchen or a bonus room. However, the first step in the decision making process is getting them through the DOOR so they make the big decision on which house will become their home.

Seldom do buyers purchase a home entirely on the color of a door, but then again, door colors DO matter. Following are a few thoughts on what colors may mean and why a buyer may be drawn to opening it in order to take a closer look on what’s inside:

Let’s start with neutral tones – black doors are often viewed as timeless, classic and sophisticated; pristine white signals fresh, clean and organized; while stained brown doors convey organic, earthy and warmth.  Moving to more color, a blue front door offer a tranquil, calm, relaxing feel; and green tones send vibes of safety, health, & tranquility.  Some front doors are bolder with their invitation to enter:  red doors scream passion, excitement and positive energy; a brilliant orange door generates a friendly, fun-loving feel; and a yellow door is cheerful and vivacious. A front door with a splash of purple may be saying, free spirit and risk taker; while a soft lavender shade conveys a breezy, carefree attitude.

Indeed it is fun for buyers to critique door colors and decide which to open first, or at all; but remember if you’re a seller, regardless of the color you decide to paint your door, it’s important to make sure it is clean, with no chipping or pealing.  Also adding drama with a touch of color is great, but try to steer clear of going too far; after all, you’re viewing your sale as a business, not an emotion.