Choosing the Appropriate Color for Your Front Entry Door

Mar 02, 2020

Believe it or not, one of the first exterior elements on a home a visitor takes note of is the front door, as it can speak volumes in terms of curb appeal as the color has a direct impact on visitors’ first impression. That being said, it’s important to familiarize yourself with various components of color theory and home design in order to select a front entry door color that not only expresses your personal taste but compliments your home as well.

Compliment Your Home’s Architecture

When selecting a color for your front door, it’s best to start by examining your home’s architecture. It’s advised to choose a front door color that compliments the home’s overall design. For instance, older homes typically sport darker tones, such as navy blue or black. Conversely, modern homes are more closely associated with bold colors like purple or red. Moreover, cottage style homes are synonymous with bright, natural colors such as yellow and orange.

Work with Your Home’s Color Scheme

In accordance with the home’s design, you’ll also want to examine the color scheme. In order to create a sense of unity, it’s recommended to either match your home’s color scheme or select an accent color that emphasizes it. Remember to take the color of your home’s siding, trim, and shutters into consideration when narrowing down a color, so you can make an informed decision.

Use Contrasting Colors

Maximizing contrast really helps distinguish the front door from the rest of the home. For example, a home with a lighter toned exterior would not benefit from a cream or beige front door, because in this instance, the colors would function like camouflage, concealing the door. Instead of selecting a color that blends in with the rest of the home, select a darker hue in order to capitalize on contrast. This allows the front door to really pop, catching the eyes of visitors and passersby alike.

Draw Inspiration From Your Neighbors

Another strategy is to take a stroll around your neighborhood and note the various front door colors. Not only will you be inspired by your neighbors, but it will help you recognize the colors your subdivision identifies with. While homeowners are encouraged to select a bold or contrasting front door color, appearing out of place is not recommended.

Be Aware of What’s Popular for a Front Entry Door

Another suggestion is to stay on top of popular color trends. For instance, according to, the following front door colors are expected to gain traction in 2020:

  • aqua
  • cobalt blue
  • coral
  • fresh green
  • gold
  • lilac
  • mint green
  • pastel blue
  • peach
  • pink
  • purple
  • yellow

Given this information, don’t feel you’re restricted to following mainstream trends. Rather, understand they serve as a source of inspiration and can help guide you to the ideal front entry door color for your home.

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