What the Color of a Door Says

June 4, 2013

Kate Smith, a national color expert who works with Therma Tru Doors, is advising homeowners to match the color of their entry doors to their personalities to give guests a “preview” of the owner inside the home.

“An entry door painted a bold shade of orange says, ‘I’m friendly, fun-loving and enjoy getting together with people,' so that’s the color for an extrovert and perhaps not the best choice for someone who has a more reserved personality,” says Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. “Since the front door is the key feature on a house that offers homeowners the most flexibility in color choice, this is a good place for people to let their personality shine through.”


According to Smith, here’s a look at what different paint colors on entry doors of the home say about the occupants inside:

  • Red --- tells the world to “look at me!” This bright color says I’m not afraid of standing out or saying what’s on my mind.
  • White --- says that I prefer things that are organized, neat and clean. Even if my home isn’t always this way, I wish it were!
  • Green --- tells the world that you have traditional values and enjoy being a member of the community.
  • Black --- says I’m consistent, conservative and reserved in my manner as well as my approach to color. With a black door I’m saying my design style is timeless rather than trendy.
  • Blue – tells people you are naturally at ease in most situations and people are attracted to your easygoing personality.
  • Yellow --- says you have a personality similar to green, but a bit less traditional. You’re most likely a leader or organizer of a group.
  • Purple --- reveals a “free spirited” person who is comfortable taking risks, thinking differently and dreaming big.

“Homeowners should remember they don’t always have to go ‘bright and bold’ with color on their front doors to make a positive impression,” says Smith. “Muted colors like sage green, colonial blue and copper sunset are all striking colors that enhance a home while showing your true colors."

Smith suggests homeowners purchase smooth, paintable doors for their homes so they can select and add the color that best reflects their personality. “I love Classic-Craft Canvas Collection fiberglass entry doors from Therma-Tru,” she says. “You can paint these doors any hue you wish to express yourself while quickly adding a colorful accent to your home."

“In my mind, the really terrific thing about having a paintable front door is the ability to change your door’s color over time," Smith continues. "You may start out with a conservative black door but transition over the years to more of a hunter green or ocean blue. Having the ability to paint your entry door allows you to update your home’s exterior while sharing your evolving personality with the neighborhood.”

Therma-Tru is currently offering a free download of Smith’s 17-page Fresh Exterior Colors Guide on its website.