Whether you’re positioned just off the road or down a winding drive, a vibrant front door is the architectural equivalent of a neighborly “happy to see ya.” Painting your front door is an easy and inexpensive weekend DIY project that will make a huge improvement to the appearance of your home. But, with so many color choices out there, it can be overwhelming to find that just right paint color to complement your stately brick house or to add a cheerful accent to your crisp white farmhouse. We’ve made it easy for you with this roundup of some of our favorite front entries, all with inviting doors painted in a full range of hues.
Give a neutral house a splash of color by painting both the window frames and the front door a cheery red. It gives a house personality while still letting it blend into its natural surroundings.
It doesn’t get any more classic than white clapboard siding (Cloud White by Benjamin Moore) accented by black shutters and front door.
This little storybook brick cottage welcomes with its vibrant door. The golden tones of the yellow compliment the brown undertones of the home’s brick exterior.
Looking for a little feminine flair? Try a pastel pink. Complete the look with a pair of copper lanterns, brass dragonfly door knocker, and a vintage-styled mailbox.
Turn any home into a beach-worthy escape with an uplifting sky blue. Here, on Paul Caddell’s New York cottage, the crisp, clean blue pairs perfectly with the brown shingled exterior and adds more interest than if he had simply gone with the same white paint color as the home’s trim.
A minty green front door gives a a fresh, modern upgrade to a traditional exterior.
If fall is your favorite season, choose a color that compliments all those pumpkins and gourds. It will make your house a standout come October and all year round.
A picturesque little Victorian farmhouse deserves the prettiest of front doors. This crisp pink hue does just the trick..
If you have an all white house, consider leaving the door white but painting the frame of your screen or storm door a color. It’s a little change that will have big impact. For added fun, try the same color on your porch floor!
A soft black on the front door and window elevates this simple board-and-batten exterior.
Pair the look of weathered shingles with a warm green that has some brown undertones. Outlined in a creamy white, the look is fresh, while still evoking historic charm.
Bright red is a perfect compliment to a dark gray exterior. It brings a classic but punchy look to a home
Green undertones make this brownish yellow a nice choice for rustic cedar cabins. It brings enough color to draw attention but doesn’t distract from the natural surroundings.
The yellow undertones of an olive green make it a nice pairing with creamier colored siding.
A calming shade of blue brings the sea and sky straight to your front door, making it an ideal choice for a white farmhouse. Complete the look with a galvanized ceiling light, nickel anchor door knocker, galvanized bucket planters, and a woven basket mailbox.
It doesn’t get much cuter than this tiny schoolhouse-turned-cottage! Homeowners John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of interior design firm Madcap Cottage amped up the cuteness with a sunny yellow door and striped green awnings
A black door can make a strong style statement, especially in a shiny, inky shade against soft gray siding.
Colonial-style homes pair perfectly with a red, white, and blue color palette. Architect Patrick Ahearn selected the exact right blue hue when designing this house.
Homeowner Jenn Chiarelli gave her home’s gray shingled exterior a dose of “c’mon on in” thanks to a reddish-orange door. White trim offsets the punchy door and ensures it doesn’t overwhelm.
Keep your home looking vibrant all year long with a jovial shade of green, like this one on designer Loi Thai’s Maine home.
A soothing shade of green will look gorgeous on your front porch throughout each season. This classic green is based on a paint color found on a historic house near Williamsburg–we’d say that makes it pretty tried-and-true.
Brown cedar shingles pair nicely with a vintage red paint. Also try turquoise blue (Fish Pond by Behr) or bright green (Peppermint Leaf by Benjamin Moore) for a fresh update on this old school exterior.
Create the coziest cottage with this warm shade of green that will match a thriving lawn.
Light gray siding looks especially clean with bright white trim and a splash of color on the front door, like this cheery yellow.
Instead of coating your entire door in a bright color, opt for a painted frame in a fun tone for a similar effect.
Cookbook author and Food Network star Nancy Fuller painted the door and trim of her traditional red brick home a deep rusty red hue, evoking an old schoolhouse feel.
Have a soft gray exterior? Give it a subtle pop of personality with a punchy pink door, like this happy hue homeowner Helena Ernst chose for her home’s newly added antique door.
Charcoal and Red
For a nautical style, pair a punchy red with dark or black houses. They also look great with bright pink!
Singer, songwriter, and contributing editor Holly Williams chose to break up her historic farmhouse’s crisp white exterior by painting her front door in the prettiest of palest blues.
Take a simple approach by sticking to white and black and adding one impactful pop of color with this playful red.
From transferware to ticking stripes, the pairing of blue and white is rooted in country interiors. So, of course, the classic combination makes for the loveliest of farmhouse entries. Complete the look with a pair of white enamel gooseneck sconces.
For an old-fashioned look that feels brand new, try a cheery red for your front door. You can even match your front room to it, like this home does.
Red is always an easy way to bring attention to your front door. Try a bright shade against neutrals, like this tan clapboard siding.
A yellow door is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who walks through it. Pair it with a minty overhead light for a retro vibe.
Create a seriously fun front porch by adding a purple door that will look beautiful surrounded by vibrant flower pots.
For a classic look on any home, especially a stone house like this one, a true deep blue is a great option.
Choose a verdant shade inspired by the natural surroundings to connect indoors and out. Pair it with a star pendant light, galvanized planters, and a handknotted woven doormat.
It may be a little unexpected, but a rich red front door is a nice color compliment to a red brick exterior.
This classic dark green color never goes out of style, especially when painted on a crisp white house
We love the simplicity of a white farmhouse with a pale blue door. It’s not too loud and works perfectly off of the sweet brick steps.