Few things are more welcoming than a beautiful, bright front door. Use these tips to choose a colorful hue to match your house and your personality.

By Kelly Roberson and Jessica Bennett
Updated March 09, 2020

While some exterior updates can be time-consuming and expensive, switching up your front door color is a simple, high-impact project. So why not have some fun with it? Traditional shades, such as white, gray, or navy blue, can certainly be beautiful on an exterior, but a vibrant, colorful front door makes your entry even more eye-catching. Bright front door colors (including yellow, lime green, coral, and turquoise) add a pop of personality that can make your home's exterior stand out from the rest of the block. Try one of these vivid shades on your front door to instantly amp up curb appeal.

wood front porch turquoise door
Credit: Anthony Masterson Photography

Teal Front Door

With wood siding, trim, and flooring, this home's all-neutral exterior demanded some contrasting color. A bright shade of teal on the front door stands out against the rich wood tones and beckons visitors inside. Containers planted with bright pink blooms flank the door for an extra dose of color.

Suggested Paint Color: Teal Tone 663, Benjamin Moore

modern home exterior with gray color scheme
Credit: Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Coral Front Door

A happy hit of color draws the eye and makes the front door a focal point on this asymmetrical exterior. The energetic coral hue is repeated on the patio furniture to keep the look cohesive. White trim emphasizes the door and windows to lighten up dark gray siding.

blue and yellow home exterior
Credit: Laura Moss

Yellow and Blue Exterior

Using the rules of the color wheel is a simple way to select a bright front door color. A monochromatic color scheme features tone-on-tone combinations, a contrasting color scheme creates an adventurous palette of hues evenly spaced on the wheel, and complementary colors (those directly across from each other) bring energy and a pleasing aesthetic to your home's exterior. Here, a yellow-orange door and trim pair with bright blue siding for a bold facade.

Suggested Paint Color: Golden Spell 3004-1B, Valspar

Green painted door with arch window
Credit: John Bessler Photography

Neon Green Front Door

When it comes to making a color statement, few hues top neon, especially this electric green. On this brownstone, an unexpected front door color energizes and accents the otherwise traditional door design and hardware. If you'd like to use a similar color scheme on your home, test out a few paint swatches next to the exterior color to make sure you like the combination. To blend the color into your existing scheme, consider pulling the color onto nearby trim (here, it's done over the half-circle window and on the door jamb).

Suggested Paint Color: Limelight 2025-40, Benjamin Moore

white house with royal blue door
Credit: Eric Roth

Eye-Catching Blue Front Door

A simple, mostly monochromatic color scheme often serves a home's exterior best, particularly with solid, straightforward house styles such as this one. One way to add a punch of visual interest is with a door in an unexpected shade. This blue, which leans more electric than navy, energizes the exterior without being distracting.

Suggested Paint Color: Cobalt Stone PPG1241-7, PPG

Modern style exterior with yellow door
Credit: Laurie Black

Cheery Yellow Front Door

Contemporary homes are often distinguished by their lack of extra details or ornamental colors, which generally amounts to a clean, minimalist facade. But a well-placed pop of color can serve to accent those pared-down aesthetic choices. Here, a striking yellow door offers warmth to the cool metal overhang and gray-leaning whitewashed wood siding.

Suggested Paint Color: English Daisy P290-6, Behr

orange chair on porch with blue doors
Credit: Richard Leo Johnson for Atlantic Archives Inc

Colorful Front Door Accents

Doors are often focal points on their own, even if they don't have a distinctive color. If you'd rather not conceal intricately carved or detailed wood doors (often found in traditional or historical homes), paint accents instead. Here, tall door shutters add color to put the spotlight on the home's entry. Remember to coordinate the overall color scheme of the door, house, and accents (combining robin's-egg blue, orange, and white, for example) as a total package.

Suggested Paint Color: Buttercup Squash 2007-1A, Valspar

gray house with bright red door
Credit: Brie Williams

Bright Red Front Door

Traditional-style homes often necessitate color schemes that more conventional yet still interesting. In those cases, a lively 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 white trim and grays on the siding and roof. The front door color is cleverly picked up in a pillow accent on the chair and enhanced with the strategic placement of containers nearby.

Suggested Paint Color: Ruby Red 2001-10, Benjamin Moore

white exterior with green door
Credit: Brie Williams

Lime Front Door

This charming entryway setup demonstrates the importance of choosing a color that meshes well with other materials and accents at a front door. The warmly stained wood decking and bench temper the cool-leaning light green. Metal containers, which are complementary but not too matchy-matchy, offer a style-forward way to display plants, while the watering can (in an analogous shade of yellow) provides a bit of whimsy.

Suggested Paint Color: Lime Splash PPG1217-5, PPG

Covered porch to blue door
Credit: Jay Wilde

Bold Turquoise Door

Neutral shades are a great selection for a home's overall color because they play well with multi-colored landscaping and across a variety of home styles. But a neutral front door on a neutral home can quickly get lost. Here, the homeowners accented their front door, which is adorned with a variety of geometric reliefs, with a brilliant hue of turquoise that adds energy to the otherwise innocuous color scheme.

Suggested Paint Color: Rushing Stream P480-4, Behr

brick front steps with key lime door
Credit: Brie Williams

Electric Green Door

Following the rule of threes is a no-fail way to add color to your front door. 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 neutral combo (warm taupe siding and white for trim) gets a boost thanks to this green door. To give the color more presence and pop, the inner doors behind the exterior doors were also painted the same shade.

Comments (5)

June 10, 2018
This happens all the time. The first two pixs show the rest dont
April 27, 2018
Nice doors options 🙂
April 26, 2018
So many AWESOME ideas!I have a unique indoor-door.I did not want a sliding glass door,and it needed replacing ,as well.We spend lots of time arranging our front entrance,but we do not spend enough time to really enjoy it.This door- leads out to the mudroom, and the mudroom has a exterior exit.SO,I decided to use a nice entry door,and treat it like a entry.Of course, it makes good for a extra security measure.Seeing the ideas, gives me ideas for this,also, as a awesome focal point. I have a expansive imagination.THANKS for the ideas!
April 26, 2018
If you use the color wheel, green would be the complementary color. Humm sounds interesting
April 26, 2018
What color would you paint a door on a red barn house??