Your front door is more than just another part of your home. It’s the first thing you interact with and the first part many guests will examine up close. More importantly, picking the right color for your front door can drastically improve your home’s curb appeal and make it look better to potential buyers. With that in mind, here are the points to focus on when deciding between front door colors.
The Easy Method: Color Wheels
If all you want is a quick color match with no need to put more thought into it, use a color wheel. Paletton is an excellent choice for this and allows you to quickly find sets of complementary colors. More helpfully, this free online program allows for colors in several different spreads – this makes it easier to match it to your home’s existing colors.
Most homes have two exterior colors – siding and trim – so use those on the color wheel to find the right color for your front door.
Breaking The Mold: The Other Methods
The color wheel is the easiest option, but it’s certainly not your only choice. For example, my last house had a pale green exterior that went well with the green belt surrounding it. When it came time to sell the house, though, our realtor suggested we paint the faded door to make it pop – and we ultimately decided on a dark green that matched the overall hue, still stuck out, and fit well in the shaded nook the door was in.
Alternate Method #1: Stylistic Coloring
Some colors look better on certain types of homes. For example, turquoise tends to go well with Mediterranean styles, while lavender is unlikely to work with a red brick exterior. You should also consider your landscaping and any visual highlights that may provide. If you want the best impact, you may need to modify at least some of your home’s exterior style.
This isn’t as hard as it sounds at first. A few decorations and additions are often all it takes to reshape the look of your house and change the colors that look best. Whether you want to change your front door colors to match the exterior or change the exterior to match an entry is up to you.
Alternate Method #2: Impact Styling
Another consideration is whether or not you want your front door to have an impact. A color that matches the siding of the house hides the entrance and discourages people from looking, while a brighter color can help draw the eye and allow guests to find your home more easily. “It’s the only red door on the block” is easy for everyone to understand.
Impact colors can also generate other types of emotions. In general:
- Bright colors offer energy and work well for homes with a lot of guests
- Neutral colors don’t create much of a mood and are better for places you won’t be living in for too long
- Dark colors are somber and private, and as front door colors go, they tend to emphasize security
The Color Guide
Now that you know a little more about the methods you can use, let’s look at the color spectrum and see when each primary color is most appropriate.
Front Door Colors:
Bright red doors have impact, strength, and power. They draw the eye against most backgrounds – especially neutral colors – and suggest a home with active and energetic occupants. Bright red is one of the best front door colors to use when you want your home to make an impact on everyone who comes to visit.
If bright red is a little too much, consider a darker shade instead. Dark red and crimson doors tend to give off an air of refinement and sophistication without being too ostentatious about it. Curiously, some shades of dark red work well as a neutral color, and they fit in particularly well with dark green exteriors.
Orange doors have a lot of modern pizzazz – but it’s also easy for this color to go wrong if the lighting or shading changes. I don’t recommend painting your front door orange unless a designer agrees that it’s appropriate. If it does work, chances are the surrounding walls are olive, gray, or turquoise – those are some of the only colors that let orange work.
Arguably the most cheerful and lively option you have, yellow signifies warmth, energy, and general happiness.It’s an excellent color to use, especially if the rest of the exterior is a little glum. Yellow doors can set a positive mood every time someone walks through the door.
Bright green gives off a modern touch – but the color is also associated with energy-efficient designs and particularly artistic homes. This is a great color to use when you want people to really look at your house and everything inside of it. It pops exceptionally well when surrounded by neutral colors like gray or beige.
Some people like to extend this color out and into the garden area. Darkening door to a more natural color along the way. This can help a door feel like it’s part of the landscape. And while it’s more of an investment in design, it’s also something guests will remember.
This is what our family used when selling our previous house, and it worked well. Dark green tends to offer a sense of peace and security – it’s a sturdy hue, and it works well for private residences.
Like bright green, dark green is also a natural color and works well in areas with a lot of green plants. If your door is right by a row of hedges, painting it dark green can make it almost invisible. This color works best when paired with light green siding, especially when the door itself is shaded for most of the day.
While blue is a popular color for siding – dark blue, in particular, works in most areas – it’s not seen on doors very often. That’s unfortunate because this is a surprisingly good choice for some buildings.
If you’re looking to make your door pop, blue doors work well when paired with a red brick exterior. The two colors complement each other well, and people will find it easy to locate the door. Be sure the rest of the exterior trim is neutral if you do this – that ensures maximum impact.
If you want something more subdued, a grayish-blue hue works well with gray and brown stones. In this setup, the front door colors tend to blend in with the wall and provide a sturdy appearance. If you want your home to have a feeling of safety and security, this is a great way to go.
Finally, blue pairs well with white exteriors. This tends to give off a ‘sailor’ look. It allows a home to be distinct from others on the block. White exteriors may need to be cleaned more often. So keep that in mind, when deciding whether or not to repaint the outside of your house.
Like orange, purple can go wrong very quickly indeed – so it’s best to avoid this color unless a professional agrees it will work.
That said, dark purple goes relatively well with pale gray walls. The overall impression tends to be one of refinement and restraint – the door is distinct, but doesn’t grab for attention. This is a great way to go if you like the idea of a purple door but don’t want to be flamboyant about it.
For a more artistic feel, purple goes well with orange and olive. Your home’s design needs to support this – large areas above and to one side of the door work best. But it is possible to give a painting-like quality to your entryway. But if you follow it up with a dramatic entryway, it can quickly set the mood.
Finally, there’s black. Like dark red, black doors tend to give the impression of elegance and refinement. They’re also a good choice if you want people to pay more attention to the architecture of your home. Black doesn’t draw the eye, so a bright exterior and a dark door can quickly highlight what you want guests to see.
That said, it’s always best to put a white trim around a black door – or, failing that, another pale color. This helps guests find the door without having to make things too bold.
Black is one of the best front door colors for dark red and olive siding. Otherwise, try to stay away from too much color.
We could talk about colors all day, but sometimes, it’s easier to show it. If you need additional inspiration, take a look at the galleries from paint companies like Sherwin-Williams (or whoever you decide to get the paint from).
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- Can apply a light spray of wallpaper remover to make the job simpler.
- Will be great for watering plants and gardens.
You may also want to find an app that lets you ‘test’ different colors on the outside of your home. Don’t be afraid to check unusual combinations – they may work better than you ever expected.