It's always tough making decisions when there's a lot of options, and there are PLENTY of colors to choose from when painting your front door. This is a focal point for the front of your house and you might wonder what color is best to make your house look inviting and elegant. The entryway helps with curb appeal.
Keep reading for some tips that will help you figure out what color to paint your front door!
You can look back at our post on psychology of color for more details on that, but we'll go over a few here as well.
To get an idea of the logic behind color pairing, a color wheel is a great way for you to mix colors that go together on their own. Color schemes based on the color wheel include monochromatic (several shades of a single color); analogous (colors found side by side on the color wheel); contrast (three colors spaced evenly apart on the color wheel); and complementary (two hues opposite each other on the color wheel). This can help you determine what you're going for. The only one you probably won't use for your home is monochromatic.
Blue- This is another color that is not so common for the front door. Keep in mind that selecting the right trim and siding colors is key to making the blue door work. Often blue goes well with grays or if you want more contrast try warmer colors like beige or tans. There are also many shades of blue and if you venture into things like pastels and teal it can be tough. This color works so well with the type of door and stands out nicely against the white.
Purple- This is a tricky color, if it's a pastel it might come across as too feminine, but if it's too dark it could seem cave-like. Sometimes purple and another color mix is the best way to go, like a red-purple, or blue-purple. This picture is a nice shade of purple that's not too light or dark and contrasts very well with the gray siding. The purple front door adds very nice character to this home.
Orange- Proceed with caution, but sometimes it's nice to do something different and when it's paired with the right colors it is a really nice front door color. If your door has windows in it this is a nice way to add a pop of color without it being overwhelming. Gray pairs nicely with an orange front door. It can also be a more dull orange, which can go nicely with a stone home or entryway.
Yellow - This is a good way to brighten up dim and gloomy homes. For example, it looks great against dark brown wood siding which can appear dull and lifeless. It is warm and inviting, and gives off a feeling of energy, just like the sun! Yellow can also be paired with neutral hues like white, grays, toned-down blues and tans. This color is great for cooler climates that are often cloudy, so as to cheer things up.
Black- A popular color, this makes a classy statement. Keep in mind that this may get hot, attracting the sun so if you have a porch or shaded front yard this won't be a problem. I also heard that it requires more upkeep- it'll show dust, etc. The great thing is that it works great with all other colors and styles. Have white, or very light trim to accent the door and won't make your entryway seem too dark.
Red - This color is lively and evokes feelings of power and strength. Actually some ancient cultures thought a red door gave the residents luck and protection. White trim looks nice with the red door, but a dark blue siding works for more contrast and drama against lighter blue-gray siding, for example.
With any of these colors, brighter or darker will provide different outcomes, so know what you're going for and what compliments your home. Keep in mind that the sun will fade darker shades faster.
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.