Color Wheel Contrast
Using the rules set up by the color wheel is a simple way to bring a bright hue to your front door. Complementary colors -- those that are directly across from one another on the color wheel -- are a great way to bring both energy and a pleasing visual sense to your home's exterior and in particular the front door color. Here, both the yellow-orange and blue choices come in an unexpected shade for a bold facade.
When it comes to making a color statement, very few hues top neon—especially this neon green. Here it's unexpectedly used on a brownstone door to energize and accent the otherwise traditional door reveals and hardware. If you'd like to create a similar setup on your home, test out a few swatches next to the exterior color to make sure you know what you're getting. And consider pulling the color onto nearby trim -- here, it's done over the half-circle window.
An Eye-Catching Hue
A simple, mostly monochromatic color scheme often serves a home's exterior best, particularly with solid, straightforward designs such as this one. One way to add a punch of energy and visual interest is with a door in an unexpected shade. This blue -- which leans more electric than navy -- vibrates without being distracting.
A Cheery Hello
Contemporary homes are often distinguished by their lack of extraneous details or ornamental colors. That choice generally works in their favor, creating a clean, minimalist facade that reinforces a particular design rigor. But a well-placed pop of color can serve to accent those stripped-down material and aesthetic choices. Here, a striking yellow door offers warmth to the cool metal overhang and gray-leaning whitewashed wood siding.
Clever, Colorful Accent
Doors are often focal points on their own, even if they don't have a distinctive color. A coat of paint might conceal intricately carved or detailed wood doors, often found in traditional or historical homes. Instead, paint accents -- here, a tall pair of door shutters -- to add color that brings the spotlight to a home's entry. Remember to coordinate the overall color scheme of door, house, and accents -- such as robin's-egg blue, orange, and white -- as a total package.
A Classic Choice
Traditional-style homes often necessitate color schemes that are quiet and conventional yet still interesting. In those cases, a lovely hue on a front door offers a way for homeowners to add a distinctive visual touch and boost way-finding. On this home, a vibrant red door sets off the understated combination of grays on the siding and roof as well as the white trim. It's a color that's cleverly picked up in a pillow accent on the chair and enhanced with the strategic placement of containers nearby.
A View to an Entry
What makes enviable front door hues so attractive is not necessarily the color by itself but the color in combination with other materials and accents at a front door. Take this charming entryway setup: The warmly stained wood decking and bench temper the cool-leaning light green. Metal containers -- not too matchy-matchy but complementary nonetheless -- offer a style-forward way to display plants, while the watering can (in an analogous shade of yellow) provides a bit of whimsy.
Bright and Bold Way-Finding
Neutral is a great selection for a home's overall color: It plays well in what can often be multicolor landscapes and can work across a variety of home styles and accents. But a neutral front door on a neutral home can quickly get lost. Here, the homeowners accented their front door -- adorned with a variety of geometric reliefs -- with a brilliant hue of turquoise that adds energy to the otherwise innocuous color scheme.
Playing with Threes
Successfully adding color to a front door depends in large part on how well you work within the rule of threes. Generally, most home exteriors mix three hues -- a dominant and two subordinates, one of which tends to have a bigger role in the color scheme. Here, a solid interplay of neutrals -- a warm taupe and white for trim -- gets a boost thanks to this green door. Two tricks used here tie the trio together even more. First, the doors are self-contained: Their color doesn't spill out onto the white trim. Second, the interior doors behind the exterior doors were also painted the same shade, helping give the color more presence and pop.