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.


Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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