A little splash of color to your front door

Blue Traditional Exterior Door

Changing the color of your front door is an easy and inexpensive DIY project, which will transform the exterior of your home.

The right door color will add curb appeal, welcome visitors and potential home buyers.

Before choosing your paint color you might want to drive around your area for inspiration. An other way to get inspiration is to browse the internet for homes that have similar style, color brick, exterior siding, wood or shutters.

green traditional exterior

Source: Katie Rosenfeld Interiors

Most hardware or paint stores provide free color advise. Take a picture of your home on a sunny day, print it and take it with you. Also take any exterior material left over you might have such as siding, stone or brick. Make sure to ask for color chips (samples) to take back  home.

Once you are back home, take the photo of your house and cut out the doorway. Simply use the different color chips behind it to see the effect.

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Take pictures of each sample and compare them side by side on your computer. This will make it easier to select your favorite colors.

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Choose the color that best suits your style and personality. Since your front door should be the focal point of your home, choose a color that will contrast with the rest of the house.

red traditional exterior door

Source: Houzz.com

Exterior paint colors should be chosen with exterior lighting, a bright yellow indoors might not look so bright outdoors. Therefore, a paint sample should be tested outdoors as the color effect might change through the various strength of lighting throughout the day.

yellow exterior door

Source: Sandi’s Real Estate

The paint color sheen, which is the level of gloss in your paint color, also plays a big role in your color effect. High gloss paint will enhance the color of your door and will be easier to clean. However, if your door has visible imperfections, high gloss paint will make them more visible. For an old wood door you might want to consider using a satin finish. Semi gloss paint is always a good option.

aubergine traditional entrance door

Source: Sandi’s Real Estate

eclectic exterior red door

Source: Houzz

blue front door

Source: Ann Drake of On Sutton Place

traditional exterior red door

Source: Houzz

If you are still not sure, then you may want to consider advise from a professional interior decorator who will show you different color options that work with the style of your home, color of brick, exterior siding, wood and shutters.

  1. EliEli03-26-2013

    What a great tip! I am for sure going to try this out. Can I do this with my shutters? How can I make sure that my shutters don’t clash with my front door?
    -Eli

    • EleniEleni03-27-2013

      Hello Eli,

      You can apply the same method and tips to choosing your shutters.
      Keeping in mind that your front door should be the focal point therefore,
      the bold color should only be used on your entrance door.

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