Paint Colours: Your Front Door

The best paint colours for your front door are always those that make a bold statement. The paint colours on your front door should also say something about your personality and should be easy to keep clean. Not all of us can actually paint our front doors. Mine, for example is one of those thick, heavy front doors, made from layers of double-glazed PVC and glass, built for safety – not for beauty. If you’re one of the lucky ones with a wooden front door, you have the privilege of making the best of what your house can really look like with the added paint colour. Before we look at paint colours, read this article if you need some lessons in painting.

Additional recommended reading: exterior design ideas and DIY security for your home

 

4 Best Paint Colours for your front door

Top paint colour 1: Bright red or Moroccan-red front door

This is probably the most popular front-door paint colour (in the UK). It’s brave, bright and bold. Your house stands out in your street when you use this paint colour on your door. I think, of all the paint colours, Moroccan red shows up well and will go with simply any house colour. If I could paint my front door, it would be this colour. It’s perfect against this white background. Yellow, cream and light blue houses also look stunning with a red front door. This paint colour complements even dull, grey brick or red-brick homes.

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Moroccan red front door

 

Top paint colour 2: Lemon or yellow front door

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yellow front door

A lemon door is fabulous in the bright months of summer. It’s beautiful and will go well with most house colours (not as universal as red, though). This paint colour will always brighten up your neighbour’s day and will welcome you when you return home from work. It’s a bold and intimate colour for a front door and will be perfect if you have flowers in your front garden. Just imagine your yellow front door in the background, with flowers waving gently in the wind. The mixture of green leaves off trees and the brown earthy colours of the front garden all come together to produce something really romantic indeed! In the winter this paint colour also brings a bit of sunshine to your life. It’s always bright and beautiful and no weather condition will ever darken this paint colour.

White, cream, yellow, pale blues and pale greens houses go well with yellow front doors.

Top paint colour 3: Royal or dark blue front door

A Royal blue front door is a wise choice when it comes to paint colours. It’s dark enough not to show up when it’s dirty, but it’s not black, so it still retains some interest and colour on your house in the street. The beauty of the royal blue paint colour is that it looks amazing on any type  or size of house. It can make any house look great. This paint colour is a very  popular choice for a lot of people, but the good news (if you want to be different) is there are several different shades of blue available to choose from.

Like red paint colour, blue is also quite versatile and can complement most house colours. It looks especially beautiful on white and light blue houses, but not so great on red-brick ones.

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dark blue front door

 

Top paint colour 4: pale green front door

I’ve always fancied myself in a cottage with a light green door. This is an unusual colour for a front door, but I included it in this list because I’ve seen it on a few houses, and was really impressed by the understated beauty of this paint colour. In the summer it looks inviting and calming against the bright sunlight. In winter, even the whiteness around, and the grey sky do not negate the attractiveness of this front door colour. Of course, this paint colour cannot be used on any house. Red brick, white, grey and very pale cream houses look great with a pale green front door. If your house is any other colour – forget it. Another point to note is that because this is a light colour, make sure your DIY skills are up to scratch before you paint your door, otherwise you run the risk of visible brush strokes. This is not a good look for the front of your house.

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light green front door

Conclusion: Paint colours: your front door

Regardless of what paint colours are popular, the ultimate choice remains with you. As we said before, the colour of your front door reflects something about you, your home and your personality. Also make sure you’ve got a good idea of how to prepare wood before painting. Two-thirds of the painting job is the preparation. The finished look always depends on how well you’ve prepared the surface. As always, it’s great to have you here. Please share this article if you found it inspiring. Leave your comments and ideas in the comment section please. We’d also like to hear from you if you think your front door colour says something about your personality and if so, what?

You may like to read our extreme home makeover series to see what other changes (in and around your home) will make the most impact. We also show you how to use colours inside your home to make it more homely and beautiful.  In the meantime, here’s a beautiful Welcome Front Door vinyl wall decal that looks great on any colour front door. The best thing about it is that it’s not cheesy like most other items of this sort. It’s also easy to apply. Your guests will all be asking you where you got it.

More ideas on how to pimp your front door.

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15 Responses to Paint Colours: Your Front Door

  1. Labeling Machine March 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Pale green is my favorite! I always see that type of door on movies and wishes to have one on my rest house years from now. :)

  2. BJ March 23, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    My front door is a dark red color. The color is very welcoming. I agree that front door colors are important.

    • Anne April 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

      If I ever have a wooden door it’ll be dark red, just like the picture above.

  3. Danica Green from Shopping March 2, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I like the royal blue front door the most. It looks very welcoming and inviting.

  4. Columbus Kid February 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Your front dooe says alot about you. Come to think of it uour entire house does but usually the first impression is the front door. Great article on how to make a statement.

    • Anne April 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

      Definitely, the first impression visitors get from your home is your front door. We should take the condition of it more seriously than we do. Thanks for visiting.

  5. Shiva January 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I think it is essential for one to choose the color for the door which goes with the color of the house. None the less blue and pale green are my favorite choices
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    • Anne January 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      You’re right, Shiva. I believe this too (like I said in the article). You have to be adventurous, but you have to be careful to choose right.

  6. Peter January 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I really like all the colors but the blue one is my favorite because we got that color to. Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Cheng Lee January 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Painting is really a hard job in which color selection is the main important part. I suppose to grey color on front door with red brick wall, and also your red and royal blue collection inspired me too much.

    • Anne April 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      Cheng Lee, painting is hard for most people. I shared a link in the article to a post about how to paint. It’s a step by step tutorial that makes painting look like child’s play. :-)

  8. William Anderson January 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Actually The red color is blooming and the white wall of Glory, more open this is really fantastic paint for the front door I have relatives coming to appreciate the house’s color looks good blooming red.that’s why i like the red paint i prefer that topic awesome topic. Thanks for sharing information happy new year

    • Anne January 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      Happy new year to you too, William. And welcome to diy projects.

  9. Harriet December 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    My parents had a red front door and then it changed to light green, and then to dark Navy blue! I’ve always prefered the red but they don’t want to change it back. I think that red gives such a bold statement that it looks fantastic!
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    • Anne December 31, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

      Hi Harriet.

      Yes, I too, would prefer the red one. They probably like to have the option of change. Maybe they’ll have another colour soon :-)
      Happy new year.

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