The original article was published in LA Times:
Homeowners looking for major impact with minimum effort often overlook the easiest solution: the front door.
While white, gray and brown remain go-to colors for the less adventurous, more exuberant hues are on trend for those who want their entry to provide an instant pop of personality to their home.
“The front door may very well be the first and last thing your visitors see up close, so it might as well be memorable and inspiring,” says interior designer Meg Braff, whose new book, “The Decorated Home,” is chock-full of her signature colorfully cheerful interiors. “For my own home, I chose an aqua lacquer — it brings me joy every time I turn into the driveway and see it shining in the distance.”
How your front door reveals your age
Los Angeles feng shui expert Francoise Courty-Dan says the color of your front door can be revealing.
“A bright, rich front door creates yang energy, which is active and male and is usually more appealing to younger people,” she says. “Softer, quieter colors create yin energy, which is more passive and female, and often appeals more to older people.”
SoCal’s distinct edge
When it comes to how certain hues look, Southern California has a distinct advantage to other locations.
“What happens here is that the light is really clear and strong, and even when it’s diffused, you can see the undertones,” says Farrow & Ball color consultant Erik Runner. “Saturated, rich tones really come out, both indoors and out, and colors that are complex change a lot from day to night.”
Pulling the look together
Start by assessing the other elements of your home’s exterior — the color of your roof, trim and walls, and the overall style.
“A brown brick Midcentury Modern house would look great with a quiet terra cotta, but you could also go with the kind of bright orange you’d see on an upholstered chair from that era,” Runner said. “A Spanish colonial with a red tile roof and white stucco exterior could take a deep, saturated color — even something more unexpected like teal would look wonderful.”
Inspiration from unexpected places
Braff also advises simply taking a look around your property before embarking on painting your front door.
“The color selection should never come from out of nowhere,” she says. “It should relate to something in the area, even if it’s the flowers in your garden. I often repeat the color from the garden bench or a garden gate entry. Repeating the color has a way of connecting the property in a subliminal way.”
Still nervous? There’s this:
If you’re still nervous about jazzing up your home’s entry with a vivid splash of color, Runner has some words of wisdom: “It’s a quart of paint,” and perhaps part of a weekend or two to plan and prep, and one to execute. “What could be easier than that?”