It might be time to rethink your curb appeal

February 28, 2018

The colour of your front door might be inspired by  trends or fashion, but it can reveal a lot about your personality, the latest research reveals published in a recent House Beautiful magazine.

London estate agent Marsh & Parsons has teamed up with international colour consultancy, Pantone, to carry out research on what your choice of front door colour can suggest about the type of person you are.

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According to the study, many people prefer their front door in black, white, grey or navy. But what is the significance in terms of the owner’s personality? Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute, reveals the findings:

“Black is elegant, powerful, and prestigious,” she says. “Indeed, it is imposing, sleek and chic. White is simple, crisp and pristine and often favored by those going for a minimalist look. Grey is timeless and classic, so doesn’t run the risk of going out of fashion – (which unsurprisingly is our choice at our country house).

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“Navy is authoritative and trustworthy, while green is calm, quiet and soothing. Red is quite the opposite. Instantly recognized as offering good cheer, a front door in red is more likely to be preferred by commanding, dynamic and engaging individuals.

“Purple suggests those with a penchant for the dramatic, Minion Yellow is warm and welcoming conveying a sense of optimism and uplift. Pink or lavender is youthful and spirited while opting for a natural stain is rustic and comforting.”

Front door colour meanings:

  • Black: elegant, powerful, and prestigious
  • White: simple, crisp, and pristine
  • Grey: timeless and classic
  • Navy: authoritative and trustworthy
  • Green: calm, quiet, and soothing
  • Red: commanding, dynamic, and engaging
  • Purple: dramatic
  • Yellow: warm, welcoming, and optimistic
  • Pink or Lavender: youthful and spirited
  • Natural stain: rustic and comforting

“You can’t get scientific about people’s choice of colour but clearly someone who chooses black … is probably inclined toward an imposing first impression that suggests power and prestige,” said Alex Lyle, sales director of Marsh & Parsons. “But someone who paints their front door a vibrant pink or yellow is making a statement that life should be fun.

“We would not suggest that a particularly outlandish colour would affect a sale, but psychologically, people might subconsciously be more attracted to a house which reflects their own personality.” From: House Beautiful US

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