What Are The Best Paint Colours for Your Front Door?

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The Top 9 Front Door Paint Colours

Did you know that painting your front door is one of the BEST ways to add curb appeal to your home? And in ONE AFTERNOON, you can take a ho-hum door and turn it into something that gets your neighbours talking – for less than a hundred dollars!

HOWEVER, with thousands of colours to choose from it can be hard to figure out which colour is best. That’s why you have me (insert happy face here). You can either hire me via my E-design to give you the TOP 3-4 colours for YOUR front door, or you can check out these fab options below…

1. Best Front Door Colour – Burgundy or Red

Burgundy is a great choice if you want visual interest without committing to the intensity of a real vivacious red. Brick red is a slightly more modern take on burgundy, with red coming in as the colour with the most vibrant personality!

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

  • Check out Benjamin Moore Sundried Tomato. It’s close to being red but has enough of a burgundy/grounded base to keep it calm and collected
  • Another fave along those lines is Benjamin Moore Dinner Party, more of a rich, dense red
  • Benjamin Moore New London Burgundy is a more typical burgundy compared to those with stronger brown, purple or orange undertones.

If you’re looking for a more ravishing red (check out my profile photo – wink wink), these next colours should get you on the right path. Keep in mind, while red is one of the most popular choices, it isn’t always the smartest one. Your home has to actually suit red (or a tweaked version of it) otherwise it will look out of place.

I gave my E-Design client (above) four beautiful front door options to choose from and Sherwin Wiliams Chinese Red was the winner.

  • Benjamin Moore Caliente is a gorgeous, sumptuous red, one of my faves for real personality
  • For a red with a bit more RED, check out Sherwin Williams Poinsettia. It’s not quite primary red, but it’ll give that impression

And BTW, 99.9% of the photos on my blog are from my E-Design clients, thank you for sending them in, you guys rock! 

2. Best Front Door Colour – Navy Blue

Navy blue is a wicked choice for a front door. Blue can be rich and classic or fun and fresh, but it’s the more traditional navy blue paint colours that are a hit with today’s homeowner.

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

  • Sherwin Williams Naval is a handsome fellow and the perfect complement to almost any siding. Naval sits on the slightly cooler end of the blue scale (compared to some navies that have a smidge of green in them)
  • Sherwin Williams Cyberspace is a dark navy with a decent gray undercurrent
  • Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue has a bit more gray in it and appears slightly ‘softer’ than Naval
  • Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. Oh haaaale yes! It’s hard to go wrong with the classic look of Hale Navy

And while there are about half a dozen more navy blues that I could rattle off the top of my head, those are a few of my FAVES.

3. Best Front Door Colour – Teal / Blue Green

Whether you’re looking for a farmhouse or a beachy look, there is nothing like a fresh, modern teal paint colour for your front door! Teal is a mixture of blue and green – and not always an even mixture. Some teals lean more to the blue side, while others lean more green.

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

Today’s popular teals also have gray in them, keeping them a bit more in-check and not so ‘day-glo’.

  • Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue is one of my fave blue-green-gray blends. Whether you prefer the lighter version, Palladian Blue, or the darker Stratton Blue, this range of blue-green is a wicked choice for a front door
  • I can also be talked into the likes of SW Peacock Plume for a bit more colour

Looking for something a bit spunkier?

  • You’ll find that Benjamin Moore Mexicali Turquoise is a vibrant, lighter, brighter front door colour
  • Benjamin Moore Cool Aqua and Sherwin Williams Aquarium are teals with a bit more spazip to them! (spazip being a super technical term)
  • If you like a green-blue with a slightly vintage feel, Benjamin Moore Hazy Blue might be for you! 

And of course the darkest of the teals – Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green. Not for the faint of heart, Yorktowne Green is a gorgeous blend that’s flexible and easy to live with. It would look stunning in a woodsy environment with a lot of cedar siding.

Read more: The Best Blue Green Paint Colours for Your Front Door

4. Best Front Door Colour – Green

There’s something about a solid dark green that seems to work on a LOT of homes.

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

The above front door is Sherwin Williams Night Owl. Another beauty is Benjamin Moore Mohegan Sage or even Sherwin Williams Rockbottom for a stronger, striking look.

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This next home was oooookay with its blue front door…

But I knew siding colour (Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath) would be WAY better suited to a lil’ chartreuse, which also satisfied the owner’s desire for something a little OUTSIDE the box!

Benjamin Moore Chartreuse was the PERFECT choice to take things up a notch!

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

5. Best Front Door Colour – Black 

Black is bold and is a great way to make a statement on a large or small home. It looks especially fabulous when paired with a crisp white trim.

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

And while black is a classic in the fashion world, it isn’t a ‘sure’ thing on a front door. Some homes look too intimidating with a black door – particularly ones that don’t have enough natural light around them.

  • Benjamin Moore Black 2132-10. Yup, just black – clearly a rocket scientist named it
  • Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black and Iron Ore are beautiful black choices. Tricorn Black is a bit bolder and striking (but not as strong as Black), whereas Iron Ore is slightly softer

Black doesn’t always suit homes with river rock or ledgestone detail or front doors that are under heavy shadow

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

6. Best Front Door Paint Colour – Gray and Charcoal

Gray and charcoal are a hit with homeowners these days and with their varying undertones, suit a HUGE variety of homes.

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

  • I have MAD love for SW Gauntlet Gray, a slightly warmer, deep charcoal. See how it jibes with the black trim and the river rock feature wall in the above photo
  • For a softer look, check out SW Dovetail, the slightly lighter version of Gauntlet Gray
  • You can also check out Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray which is a medium-dark charcoal with a very MINOR green undertone. Kendall Charcoal is also a big hit for a more striking look as it’s kind of like the darker version of Amherst Gray.

I also love the SUPER PASSIVE approach of Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10, shown on this next front door…

7. Best Front Door Paint Colour – Yellow and Gold

Yellow and gold can look warm and welcoming on a home, just remember that yellow reflects much more light than most other colours, so when choosing a yellow make sure it’s intensity suits your home and your personal style (in other words err on the side of caution when choosing ‘intensity’). 

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

  • Sherwin Williams Rayo de Sol is a rayo of sunshine!
  • Benjamin Moore Stuart Gold is a rich and stately gold colour. Not too yellow, not too orange – juuuust right!
  • Sherwin Williams Classical Gold, Gambol Gold and Bee are also beautiful, brighter choices

8. Feeling brave for your front door?

My client Mark was wanting a front door that was a little different than the rest. I threw some beauties at him and he settled on Sherwin Williams Knockout Orange!

And while orange won’t suit MOST homes, it was the PERFECT choice for his home and the palette he decided on (see the whole project here).

This last one is just for fun, as I don’t HAVE a purple-inspired front door section yet, but this one was just TOO pretty to not include.

Before, the rusty red wasn’t BAD, it just wasn’t connecting enough with the stone, whereas Sherwin Williams Darkroom hit JUST the spot…

Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR front door?

Let me help with my Online Paint Colour Consulting services! 

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Kylie M Interiors    Affordable Interior Decorating, Design Ideas, E-Design and Online Paint Colour Consulting Expert   Blog   Based in Nanaimo BC, Vancouver Island and serving the whole darned World!

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