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Color Options for Front Doors

Updated on May 10, 2011

Paint your front door to add a bit of fresh color to your front landscape. Front doors are an important part of your home's curb appeal and exterior charm. Make your front entrance more inviting with color that complements the front garden flower beds and walkways.

Paint your front door a rich, jewel-toned blue to cool down a landscape filled with reds and yellows. Flower beds and flowering trees can overshadow your entrance, but a brilliant blue color adds contrast to the reds and yellows. If your home has a cottage or country design to it, consider a shade of sky blue for the door to complement the rustic charm.

A red door adds punch to your curb appeal
A red door adds punch to your curb appeal | Source

Paint your front door a bold red to bring it to the forefront of your exterior design scheme. The color red brings energy to your curb appeal and defines the entrance to your home. Red works particularly well if your landscape reflects a modern, minimalist appeal, particularly if your home is painted gray or has a stone veneer. If the front of your home has a lot of windows, a red door will add visual balance and create a focal point.

Go bold and bright with this sunny, summery color for your front door. Paint your door yellow to create contrast with a front yard filled with red roses. A yellow door is a welcoming color, giving visitors a sense of playfulness and joy. For a more stately appeal, use a golden yellow, one with an earthy brown undertone. This works well with a front lawn that is mostly green grass and a minimum of color.

A colonial style home painted white offers a great opportunity for you to add a subtle, yet striking, splash of green to your front entrance. Consider sage green, apple green, or a brighter, bolder grassy green to complement an expansive lawn. A green door can also soften the lines of a more linear style of architecture, such as mid-century modern or prairie style.

Though gray may seem a drab color to choose for a front door, consider the colors stately appeal when paired with an off-white wood clad home or red brick exterior. If you have a formal front garden with linear beds and precisely placed plantings, a gray door complements that formality, adding sophistication and elegance to your curb appeal.

Black and White
White is a lovely color for cottage style homes and is a traditional color for Georgian and Federal architecture. Use a bright white with front cottage style gardens to balance the riot of color. Black has been traditionally used on Regency style homes, but is striking when paired with post modern architecture and smaller front lawns. Keep the black from receding away from the rest of the entrance by adding brilliant white or red flowers in containers to either side of the door.


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    • Shelly McRae profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelly McRae 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks for visiting, Dirt Farmer. Orange is a dynamic color.

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      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      Great hub! Red's my favorite--as is orange.

    • Shelly McRae profile imageAUTHOR

      Shelly McRae 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, Sue. Red doors are gorgeous, and I think black is very dramatic on the right house. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      7 years ago from USA

      I love a red door. Those houses seem to stand out. The red adds sophistication it seems.


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