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Dos and Don'ts for How to Pick a Front Door Color

Ready for a front door refresh but not sure where to start? Look to these expert color tips and discover the perfect hue for your home.


Your front door color shouldn't be an afterthought. After all, it's the first thing people see when they visit your home. The front entry should serve as a welcoming beacon to greet guests. Although you can paint your front door any color you'd like, a few considerations can help you pick a shade you'll love.


Do: Stick with the Classics

Use a neutral hue such as brown, black, or gray for a look that will withstand the test of time. Even deep reds and navy blues are classic front door colors that act as neutrals.


Don't: Be Afraid of Color

Some people are nervous about using bright colors in their decor, but a door is a smaller commitment than painting an entire house or room. Why not experiment?


Do: Purchase the Right Paint

Since your door will be exposed to outside elements, it's essential to use the proper paint to prevent peeling and fading. Latex exterior paints provide weather-resistant coverage. If your door is metal, look for one with built-in rust protection.


Don't: Neglect Your Screen Door

If your front door features a storm door or screen door, you can paint its frame a contrasting hue for another punch of color. This charming cottage home uses cool-tone pastels to its advantage. The cheery pale blue of the screen door gets a repeat appearance on the window frames and as a step riser accent.


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