How to choose a front door paint color.
Friday, June 18, 2021
Here's our list of best paint colors for front doors, plus what hues might improve your qi and match your personality.
Choosing a paint color for your front door is often easier said than done. With so many options available, the process of narrowing down your choices can be overwhelming. One thing's for sure. At the end of the day, the color you choose should reflect your style and personality.
The good news is that there are a number of tips and tricks to help you choose the right color for you. You can start with coordinating your front door to your home’s exterior paint color. You might also let feng shui guide you, choose based on your enneagram type or take a just-for-fun quiz like this one from HGTV (we got green, maybe because we really want to travel to Ireland?). Keep reading for our list of best paint colors for front doors, plus what hues might improve your qi and match your personality.
Were you expecting all eye-popping bold paint colors? We’ll get to those. But don’t be fooled into thinking that classic neutral paint colors – black, white, gray – can’t do wonders for your curb appeal, too. They’re classic for a reason. No matter the style of your home, from traditional to modern and everywhere in between, a neutral paint color can be a beautiful choice. Plus, they tend to work regardless of your home’s exterior paint color.
Green is one of the most popular colors for front doors. The good news is that you have free rein to choose from the entire spectrum, from rich emerald to pale mint to earthy brown. More traditional homes may want to play it conservatively, choosing something like Benjamin Moore’s Martha’s Vineyard. For a more contemporary or daring look, consider their Fresh Lime.
The world is your oyster when it comes to the right shade of blue for your front door. Like green, this azure hue can range from light powder blue to a dark navy and everywhere in between. It can be rich and luxurious like a cobalt or fun and funky like teal or turquoise.
Purple is considered a very regal color, but most purple doors are described like food. Darker colors such as plum and grape can balance that feeling of playfulness – a purple door isn’t all that common, after all – with sophistication. For something a little lighter, which would pair better with a dark exterior, look for a purple with grey undertones such as lilac and some lavenders.
This fire element color is not for the faint of heart. That being said, it doesn’t have to be all sunshine and lemons. Try a yellow front door with more of a buttery or straw-colored tone for something that is as subtle as it is cheerful. A yellow door will also pair beautifully if the rest of your home’s exterior is white or blue, giving the whole house a light and airy vibe.
You can paint your front door a bright cherry red … or not. Sometimes the deciding factor is the color of the rest of your home’s exterior. A bold pop can be ideal if the rest of your home is more neutral – white or sage, for example. But if you want something more subdued, lean toward those with brown, earthy undertones or terra cotta.
Last but not least is pink. It’s been a favorite color among the bold in recent years, particularly in Mid-Century Modern and Bohemian Modern design. It can range from light bubble gum pink to a rich berry. Coral is popular to offset blues of coastal décor. If you like the idea of pink but are concerned it might be a bit too much, pay close attention to complementary colors. Pair your new paint color with Matte Black door hardware or lush green landscaping, which work to tone down the vibrancy without overshadowing the playful style.