Friday, September 21, 2012

Rosie O'Door is a Mismatch

The owner's replaced their original plain ole six-panel door for this elegant leaded glass door with side panels.  Replacing dated entry doors is always a good investment.

The front facade of your house should be expressive and speak to your guests and/or potential buyers. 

But wait a minute....

Linda Beam

What is wrong with this picture?  The beautiful front door has Rosie undertones.  The Rosie red paint color does not work with the orange-y brick. (The door really glows Rosie in full sun.)

Is this a deal breaker?
No, but this is an example of when it is particularly important for the front door paint color to be

The house is located on a hill,

                                                 in the middle of a cul-da-sac,

                                                                                                 at the end of a street.

Meaning that on the approach, the potential buyer is forming an opinion of the house for a longer-than-normal period of time. It is more critical on a long approach for the front facade of the house to look great.

Triangle MLS
You never get a second chance at that first impression.

It might only register subliminally with a potential buyer, your visitors, and your neighbors but this Rosie O'door paint color is a mismatch and is a missed opportunity. 

(BTW, the seller's disagreed with my advice to repaint.)

Happy Friday, y'all!



  1. Those buyers need to listen!! It really looks bad!

    1. Oh, Patty if only folks with their house on the market would listen! It is cathartic to post my impressions. And, very rewarding when I get support--like you, my friend!

    2. Brilliant as usual, Linda! It's just the wrong color red. A blue-ish red might have been better perhaps.

    3. Thanks Peggy! Yes,another red might have worked. I recommended a lively sage green--a great complement to the red brick. I appreciate your comment!

  2. I agree with YOU. I would paint the side lights white and the door an pretty ink green.

  3. That would be a pretty color combo. Thanks for your suggestion!

  4. I agree with you on this door. Another color would be so great. Lot's of great advice here on your blog!
    Have a good weekend!


    1. Thank you Kim! Thanks so much for leaving a comment. It is beautiful here and I hope you enjoy your weekend too.

  5. What is wrong with those sellers? That red is screaming, paint me.

    1. These would be the folks that hired me to stage then backed out at the last minute. They had the pink-taupe family room, red office, blue dining room...I think they are color challenged.