Front entry doors are typically independent of your home’s color palette, which gives you more flexibility in terms of color selection. But there are some do’s and don’ts you need to be aware of when choosing entry door colors.
DO: Consider Classic Colors
You can’t go wrong with classic colors. Neutrals like brown, black or gray are great options that won’t look dated, even if you change your home’s exterior color palette. If you want something richer in color, deep reds and navy blues will also work. If your front door is made of natural wood or has a stainable wood-grain finish, consider wood stain instead of paint.
DON’T: Be Afraid of Bright Colors
Try out bright colors for your front door. Keeping in mind that the front door acts like a beacon that calls your guests’ attention, colors like red and lime green work perfectly well with most exterior color palettes. If you find bright colors daunting, consider darker versions of the same color, such as burgundy or forest green.
DO: Choose a Monochromatic Color
Going the other extreme, you may want an entry door that blends into the exterior color palette. This is particularly effective on smaller-than-average homes that utilize the same colors for the siding and trim.
DON’T: Choose Your Door Color Indoors
Before you make a final decision on your front door color, check and see how it will look outside and at different times of the day. Try to obtain samples, place them against the siding, and view them in the morning, at noon, at sunset and in the evening. Choose a color that works on all times of the day.
DO: Consider the Screen Door or Storm Door
The screen or storm door is, at least visually, a part of the entry door and should, therefore, be included when choosing your front door color. Make it stand out by choosing a contrasting color that doesn’t detract from the front door.