What Your Front Door Color Says About You

I hope you all enjoyed Memorial Day weekend.  My husband and I  spent the long weekend in our camper in the White Mountains. Since the Camper is “off the grid” we have no internet, no TV, and other than my iphone, no technology distractions. We do have solar panels to run lights so I always bring up an armload of books and magazines and find it is the one place I can get caught up on my reading.

our view

view from our camper: Linda Holt Photo

One article that caught my eye this past weekend was from Traditional Home. The paint company Farrow and Ball conducted a color survey on 2000 British residents  in order to determine the correlation between front door colors and the personality of the occupants inside. A spokesman for Farrow & Ball, which commissioned the research  to find the world’s best exterior door, said: “A front door is the first thing you see when you are approaching someone’s house and can tell you a lot about the home and its owner”.

According to Farrow and Ball’s survey here are the results:

A red door indicates a happy homeowner

green door is a sign that a sophisticated and intelligent home owner resides inside

A blue door indicates a trustworthy homeowner while a pink door is favored by the daring risk takers

Socially gregarious types prefer purple doors

orange or terracotta was the color chosen by people who were happiest in their relationship and

The most highly successful and career driven types paint their front doors black.

White, green and brown were the door colors chosen by the occupants who were overall the most content with their lives (not sure how that differs from the happy red door homeowner).

There is no mention at all of yellow but maybe a yellow door is just not popular among the Brits where the study was done.

My front door is currently painted purple although it would really be a stretch to call me “socially gregarious”.

Purple front door

Linda Holt Photo

Since I am ready for a change I have been planning on repainting this Summer. Now I just have to decide if I want to be “sophisticated and intelligent”, “highly successful”, or become more of a “risk taker”.

Actually, I am debating between a glossy black door and also painting the side lamps and house numbers matching black

black front door


or else bright turquoise.



What’s your vote… black or turquoise?

What color is your front door? Do you think  Farrow and Ball’s survey results matches your personality?

If you need help choosing a front door color or with any other  color or decorating issues, give me a call.


24 Responses to What Your Front Door Color Says About You
  1. Sherry Daniele Reply

    I love your purple door. But, if you change it, I vote turquoise!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Sherry, I am leaning toward turquoise.

  2. Marlene Reply

    My front door was painted by the previous owner and it’s a burgundy color. I’ve been thinking about painting it black…wishful thinking for success? 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Marlene…Black for success!

  3. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    I vote turquoise!!! Maybe I should paint stripes in all colors so that I can be all those wonderful things . . .

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I have actually thought about doing a striped door but I am not brave enough…maybe one of these days.

  4. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    how ’bout polka dots? 😉

    • Linda Holt Reply

      That would really be stepping out of the old comfort zone wouldn’t it? My husband would most likely have a heart attack and my neighbors would probably stone the house..or me 🙂

  5. Andrea Brooks Reply

    I definitely vote Turquoise, Linda!! You have success now have some fun!! 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Andrea…turquoise it is!

  6. Sheila @SZInteriors Reply

    I just finished reading Kelly’s post (Styling Homes by Kelly), so this post is a perfect fit! I liked BM’s Calypso Blue and Cayman Lagoon, so for me it would have to be turquoise! Funny though, because I’ve always thought my choice would be black, hands down, but there’s something so cheerful and welcoming about turquoise!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Wasn’t that a funny coincidence about Kelly and my blog? We determined we must be sisters in a past life because we think alike so very often.

      • Kelly Reply

        Great minds think alike! 🙂

  7. Barbara Pirie Reply

    Linda, I have always thought the color of your front door should reflect your inside color story. Now with that said, I painted our front door high gloss black. This did not reflect the inside, where the previous green did. Must admit, I am really liking a black/burgundy door I saw recently. Very classy!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Barb, I always heard the same thing about the front door color relating to the inside but today I think anything goes! Pick a color that makes you happy and who cares if it relates or not. My door is purple and I do not have a single purple thing inside my house.

  8. Nirma Raffi Reply

    I think the turquoise speak to your fun personality and confident nature. You can ALWAYS paint it black and it would look great but you only live once! I vote turquoise.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Nirma, everyone else is on the same page as you so turquoise looks like the winner!

  9. Hannah Dee Reply

    I’m with the voters on Turquoise. I’ve got one myself, so I’m biased.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      wow..not a single vote for black. Either I was way off base with that one or else all my friends are color lovers like me.

  10. Kelly Reply

    I love your purple front door Linda! So pretty! If you have to change though, I would go with the turquoise too! Fun and alive like you!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kelly and yes, great minds do think alike 🙂

  11. Jessica Reply

    Slightly late to the party, but I stumbled across your page while looking for ideas for my own future purple door. I love the color you used, would you mind telling me the color? I also vote turquoise for your next shade!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Jessica,
      Thanks for the comment. The current color of my front door is Ben Moore Plum Royale 2070-20.

  12. Ranell Reply

    I just painted my front door aqua/turquoise with the house numbers on it in black. It matches the flowerpots I purchased at Lowe’s by Alan and Roth. The house was just recently painted with black shutters and white trim. For a house that was built in 1953, it’s received a facelift of Sherwin Williams Emerald paint and color that i’m sure, all the surrounding houses are envious.

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