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Nation’s favourite front door colour revealed

Data from lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, has found which front door colours the nation find the most appealing when looking to buy a home, as a third of homebuyers admit it can influence their decision to view a property, while more than half will judge you as a person based on your front door. 

What did the survey find out?

The survey commissioned by Benham and Reeves asked homebuyers who have purchased a property within the last six months, how influential they found the front door when first forming an impression of a property.


Over half of buyers (57%) said it had an impact on their first impression of a house - 31% saying it was a little influential, 21% saying it was somewhat influential and 5% saying it had a big impact.

Furthermore, a third said it could influence their decision to view, with 17% admitting they would view a home simply because they liked the front door, while 13% would steer clear of a home if they didn’t like it. 

The condition of front doors

Front doors don’t just impact how buyers view the property but also informs their opinion of the homeowner. The survey found, 55% of homebuyers admitted to judging the person that owned a property based on the state of their front door. 

Cracked or dirty glass was the biggest front door faux pas for potential buyers, topping the list of things that will create a bad first impression. Cracked or peeling paint ranked second, followed by signs of previous damage or repair, leftover Halloween or Christmas decorations and a broken doorbell or knocker.

Reinforced locks or doors sent alarm bells ringing, while joke or offensive doormats, signs that read beware of the dog or kids and themed or musical doorbells were also unpopular with homebuyers.  

Colour of front doors

When it came to colours, Red ranked as the least favourite amongst prospective buyers, while yellow, pink, brown and orange are also unpopular.

Black is the country’s favourite front door colour but for those who like a little more colour, blue, white, grey and green also ranked within the top five colours likely to make a good first impression with the nation’s homebuyers.

Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, commented: “Your front door can be incredibly influential in forming a good first impression as it’s the first feature a buyer will spend a brief period picking apart as they wait to enter your home. So it’s well worth spending a little time and money to make sure it looks its best as this will help set the tone for the rest of the viewing. 

von Grundherr continued: “Cracked windows, peeling paint, a broken doorbell, or a wilted Christmas wreath are not a good look, but even the colour of your front door can be influential.”

von Grundherr advised: “As with most things in the home, you can’t go wrong with a subtle, neutral black or blue and while you may have slightly more colourful tastes, it’s important to remember you are trying to sell and so anything too extravagant could be a potential put off.”

Would your impression of a front door deter or entice you from viewing a property?
Answer Totals
No 69%
Yes, I would view a property just because I liked it 17%
Yes, I would avoid a property if I didn’t like it 13%
How influential was the front door of a property in forming your first impression of a property when viewing?
Answer Totals
Not at all 43%
A little 31%
Somewhat 21%
Very 5%
How influential was the front door of a property in forming your first impression of the existing homeowner when viewing?
Answer Totals
Not at all 45%
A little 27%
Somewhat 23%
Very 5%
Thinking about the front door as a whole, which of the following would make you judge a home negatively? (Tick all that apply)
Answer Totals
Cracked or dirty glass 1st
Cracked or peeling paint 2nd
Signs of previous damage or repair 3rd
Leftover Halloween or Christmas decorations 4th
A broken doorbell of door knocker 5th
Reinforced locks or structure 6th
Joke or offensive door matt 7th
Beware of the dog' sign 8th
Beware of the kids' sign 9th
A themed/musical doorbell 10th
An over the top door knocker 11th
No junk mail sign' 12th
An over the top door number 13th
What is your favourite froont door colour?
Favourite Rank
Black 1st
Blue 2nd
White 3rd
Grey 4th
Green 5th
What is your least favourite froont door colour?
Least Favourite Rank
Red 1st
Yellow 2nd
Pink 3rd
Brown 4th
orange 5th

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