Front doors come in traditional colors like red, black, stained wood. You've probably seen some blue, green, and gray front doors too, yes? You may even be noticing some brighter colors popping up around the neighborhood these days.
So, what color 'should' your front door be? Are there any rules for front door colors? Nope. Not really.
It just has to look great with your house and make you feel happy when you come home.
Here are 16 door colors that could be perfect for you along with some exterior color palette tips to help you bring it all together.
If you go with a classic red door, you can still keep it fresh. Look for a modern earthy red, and paint the door and door trim the same color. For white houses, consider only using black for the windows or shutters. It's a softer look that also feels bigger and brighter.
For darker houses, a deep lipstick red door can be amazing with lower contrast between the body and trim. Look for muted off-white trim color vs. stark white. Lower contrast in this case will feel more rich and sophisticated.
Light gray blue exteriors are surprisingly versatile for front door colors. So have some fun!
Yellow doors like this have been popular for a few years now and show no signs of going away just yet.
Here's the same house with a stunning poppy color for the front door.
Spoiler alert: I don't want to sway you too much, but this is the scheme you just might see on my house when we finally get it painted- sshhh
You can even use classic black with this scheme! I love how this moody black brings out the blue in the house color. Finding the right color is less about 'matching' and more about discovering a combination that gives you the best feeling.
Pretty pinks have always had a place in our homes. In nearly every decade we find rosy colors on everything from wallpaper, carpeting, tiles, and formica to tubs and even toilets!
Soft blushy hues for front doors are trending hard right now! I love it, it's nice to see this color become less about gender and more about optimism and joy.
And since we're expressing ourselves more these days, don't be afraid to take your pink door to the next level. With warm neutral houses, the front door is your opportunity to stand out in the crowd. I mean, hello!
It's okay too if you don't feel like shouting. Here's the same house color with a friendly green door. The look is polished but quiet and looks lovely with the landscaping.
Here's the same house color yet again, this time with a sweet aqua blue door. It makes the siding feel a bit deeper and the whole look is both cheerful and relaxing.
I'm sure you've seen the wedding cake trend (houses painted all white) by now.
It's fun, it's cool, but I'm so glad the trend is going to a creamier, more buttery white.
Front doors for white houses need to feel confident and sophisticated. Choose something that's a touch muted and feels luxurious.
To soften the chunky look of a dark porch or heavy columns, lower the contrast for the entire area with a lighter color for the walls and ceiling. Then choose a great door color because this will be your feature moment.
Trend alert! This honey mango color is on the rise for both interior and exterior! Look for ways to incorporate it that make you feel hip and happy!
Even traditional doors stands out in the most lovely way with a softer background color for the porch.
Note to self: this is our most popular black paint ever- Carbon!
Here's another way to do the same thing. Use the trim color for the entire porch (walls, ceiling, trim) and make sure it's a hue that looks amazing with your front door.
Trend alert #2! Bright reddish blues are still popular. Notice this hyper optimistic color on everything from cars to cabinets and well, front doors.
This plan works for lighter and darker houses. It really opens up the space and shows off your front door. This Americana combo is modern again with this shift in color placement.
BTW: all of the colors on this red, white, and blue version are in THE Historic COLOR SET, our newest fandeck with 110 timeless colors- It's my favorite deck right now.
My favorite color placement for front doors (and interior doors too!) is to make them feel bigger and better by painting the door and trim the same color.
Big beautiful trim like this looks even better. But even small and plain trim feels broader and looks more attractive with this technique. I use it as often as possible.
At the end of the day, coming home to a house that helps you reset begins with just a lovely front door.
Don't worry about what others say about it, and don't be afraid to try something a little unexpected. Colors that make you feel happy about your home will always be in style.
For more color inspiration check out our Color Schemes and Color Trends pages. And to try your bold ideas without a commitment, try our 8 1/2 x 11 COLOR Swatches in any of our 1,721 colors.
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