There’s no underestimating the importance of a good door. It welcomes your guests, greets you at the end of a long day (or says goodbye as you leave in the morning) and, of course, keeps out undesirables. Doors also open to allow in light and air, close to keep out unpleasant drafts, and act as a barrier to noise and fire. Security and protection aside, there’s the whole visual appeal they add to your home too. Doors, we’ve discovered, can be as cheery as people want them to be — so what better color to paint this essential feature of any building than a striking and jaunty yellow?
Yes, the sunny color we all know and love is quite a popular choice for doors — but as we will see, no two yellow doors are quite the same. Let’s take a look at some wonderfully bright and charming doors from all over the world, starting with this beauty here. In case the bright yellow of this door isn’t enough to catch your eye, the wall surrounding it is an equally dramatic red. The door is actually the back entrance to a shop house down an alley in Singapore. Makes you wonder how pretty the front door is…
Image: Stephen Heron
It would certainly be hard to pass by this music school door in Dublin without noticing the vibrant color contrast between the black ironwork decoration and bright paint. Stephen Heron, the photographer who took this shot, says he’s taken pictures of this particular door many times, and it’s not hard to understand why it should be such an appealing subject.
Image: John D. Carnessiotis
Just looking at this picture, you can almost feel the sun and sea breeze on your skin. There’s no mistaking this for anywhere other than a Greek island (specifically, Mykonos). The traditional whitewashed walls contrast with the azure-colored ocean and bright yellow door to give you that wonderful holiday feeling — even if it is, sadly, only for a few moments!
Image: Emmanuel Huybrechts
Here’s another picture that conjures up images of fun and exploration! This door was found in the Belgian city of Durbuy, which photographer Emmanuel Huybrechts describes as being one of the world’s smallest and cutest cities. Based on this delightfully painted door and window, it’s a claim that’s not hard to believe.
Image: Michele Marzocchi
Psychologists say the color yellow is a brain stimulant, so what could be more appropriate for a school door? The contrast with the dark brick wall makes this one stand out even more! According to photographer Michele Marzocchi, every door in this street was painted a different shade. “A nice chromatic effect!” she says, and we couldn’t agree more. What a colorful place to take a walk!
Image: Francisco Oliveira
The lovely green metal filigree adds a romantic touch to this yellow door in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto. This door sure looks like it’s seen a lot of history, and with an entrance this intriguing, don’t you just wish you could take a peek inside?
Image: Steve Hudson
This door, apparently tucked away down the end of an alleyway, looks like it would be quite easy to miss were it not for the attention-grabbing color. The alley is opposite Tewkesbury Cathedral (in the English county of Gloucestershire) and doesn’t actually end at the door, instead meeting a road that runs perpendicular to it. So, the entrance is not really as hidden away as it looks! It still makes for a great photograph though.
Image: Lauri Rantala
This intriguing door is part of an abandoned watermill in Eastern Finland. Photographer Lauri Rantala noted that although the rest of the mill was in disrepair and falling apart, someone had taken the time to paint the door this vivid yellow. We don’t know why they would do such a thing, but since it’s resulted in this lovely picture, we’re grateful all the same!
Image: Bill Oswald
We’re back in Ireland to look at another gorgeous door, this time in Cork. Not only is the door itself a stunning color, but the blue and white frame around it makes it even more arresting. One thing’s for sure: giving directions to this distinctive entrance would be easy!
Image: Hans Vaupel
Now here’s a door that looks like it’s seen a fair few years! The wood has chipped away in many places, leaving it rough and uneven, but with loads of character. What’s more, this door has the added benefit of a wonderfully bright yellow coat of paint. Whoever painted it certainly took care to cover everything — even the lock!
Image: Steven de Sousa
This restaurant and bar in Toronto surely attracts customers with its lively yellow and blue doorway. We also like the matching menu display box and leaflet holder on the wall next to it.
Image: Dave Fallis
Still in Canada, this yellow door couldn’t be more different. Like most of the photographers whose pictures we’ve found, Dave Fallis, who took this picture, was attracted by the bright color — especially since the surrounding colors were so muted. It’s pretty obvious from the door’s condition that this isn’t a house entrance but rather some kind of business. For us, though, the gritty, beaten-up look only adds to the door’s appeal.
Image: Marie-Marthe Gagnon
Here’s another door that has ‘vacation’ written (or rather, painted!) all over it. The bright blue walls, yellow door and white shuttered window reflect the colors of the sun, sea and clouds. Perfect for its location in the sunny Bahamas.
Image: Kaelyn Michaels
This more subdued (but just as lovely) door belongs to an old abandoned house in Pennsylvania. If anyone does buy and restore the house in the future (if somebody hasn’t done so already), let’s hope they keep this door just the way it is.
Image: Paul Reynolds
Our next door was spotted in Birmingham in the UK. This vibrant portal must stand out cheerfully on even the most dull and dreary of winter days!
Image: Preeti Desai
Lambertville, New Jersey is the location of this grand and imposing portal. It’s not certain which building the door belongs to, but the maroon, green and yellow combination suggests a pub in our eyes. Maybe it’s just because we’re thirsty! Anyone for a drink?
Alright, we know this one isn’t technically a door, but we just couldn’t resist adding the sunny Spanish gate you see before you to our collection. What better invitation could there be to wander down the garden path?
As you can tell from these photographs, yellow is a much-loved color all over the world, with people everywhere attracted to its happy and welcoming hue. Whether it’s a beaten-up warehouse entrance or the threshold of a stately heritage home, every door looks special when it’s painted this bright. Perhaps we’ve even inspired you to take a paintbrush to yours…