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Your front door—and, more specifically, the color it’s painted—can have a major effect on your home’s curb appeal. For instance, a red door might symbolize luck for some buyers. A jet black or charcoal black door could net you an extra $6,271 should you sell, according to a study from Zillow.

But what color should you never, ever paint your front door? We posed this question to a couple dozen real estate agents, and, well, let’s just say when it comes to front door colors, they’re not exactly tickled pink.

“I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong answer, so let’s go with hot pink,” says broker Brad Pauly, owner of Pauly Presley Realty in Austin, Texas. “For the sake of resale, it’s a good idea to stick with neutral or more popular colors.” Any colors in the neon family are tough to pull off on a front door, he says.

Los Angeles real estate agent Chantay Bridges agrees, saying a hot pink door will inevitably stick out like a sore thumb, “lessening curb appeal and not complimenting your nearby neighbors’ hues.”

 

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