How to Pick the Perfect Color Paint for Your Front Door

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Choosing the perfect color paint for your front door can be a daunting task, but this post will help you take some of the guess work out of the process!  Read on to see what color paint I chose for our front door, and the process I followed!

Your front door is kind of the first impression of your home, and welcomes friends and family in.  It’s also huge curb appeal.  But choosing a color (as I experienced) can be a tad overwhelming. When we moved into our home 8 years ago, I knew I wanted a yellow door.  I had always loved the cheery welcoming feel that yellow doors have.  But after 8 years the yellow paint has faded a bit, and I was ready for a new color.


Bye bye yellow door

Look for pin-spiration

Head on over to Pinterest and start yourself a mood board for ideas to collect your thoughts.  Try searches like “front door paint colors” or if you have a particular color in mind get more specific by searching something like “blue front door orange brick.”  This is exactly how I landed on narrowing down my paint choices for a blue door on an orange-ish brick house.



How to pick a front door paint color

Narrow down your pins and choose two or three colors to grab samples of.  Lowe’s  has samples for under $5!  And in case you don’t know, you can go into Lowe’s and have them provide samples from other brands like Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore – which is exactly what I did.

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Splendor Blue (Sherwin Williams) // Tranquil Blue (Sherwin Williams) // Wythe Blue (Benjamin Moore)

Once you have your samples, paint a large enough swatch on your door to get an idea of what it will look like.  Make sure you give it plenty of time to dry (I left mine for about 2 hours). Take a pic and maybe poll your close friends & fam ;). I was already leaning towards Wythe Blue (far right shown above & below).  It has more of a slate gray feel to it which goes well with our brick.  Tranquil Blue was a close second, but ultimately too light of a blue for our brick.  It would be really pretty on a white house though!


It was at this point that I knew I was happy with my decision!

Tips for how to paint a door

First and foremost, clean your door really well.  Like really really well.  I got out our hose and turned it on to the most powerful spray option.  I used a large scrubbing brush to get some of the gunk off the door too so I was working with a nice clean surface.

Use these tools to perfectly paint your door… NOTE I did not use a primer.  And I barely even used a third of the quart of paint!  The Valspar satin finish paint I used covered really well!

small roller

1.5″ brush

2.5″ brush

painters tape

1 Quart of Paint

Then try to paint your door in this order… start by using your blue painters tape to tape off areas and hardware that you don’t want to get paint on.  Start by using your small roller and painting areas that might require you to leave the door open for a bit (i.e edges) so that those dry first and you can shut your door faster.  Next move on to areas that require paint brushes – crevices, corners, and around taped off hardware.  Then you’re ready to fill in with your roller, perhaps the most satisfying part haha!  It goes fast.  Let the first coat dry over night, and then apply the 2nd (and hopefully final coat) the next day!


I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!  We had most of the supplies already (minus the paint) so all in all this project cost me less than $50!  While you’re here, check out some of our other past home improvement + home decor projects!


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