If bright colors aren't your thing, turn to black, navy, gray, or maroon to make a sophisticated statement with major curb appeal.

By Allison Maze Vancura
Updated March 11, 2020
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
Advertisement

Bright and cheery front door colors have their charm, but some home exteriors call for color that offers a bit more moodiness. A rich, dark hue splashed on your home's point of entry makes your exterior look polished and put-together. (And since painting a front door is an inexpensive improvement, it's one of the easiest ways to boost curb appeal!) Modernize your facade with a trendy black front door, or go classic with a coat of navy blue. These striking, yet timeless hues prove your front door doesn't need to be bright to be bold. Whether your style is crisp and tailored or breezy and relaxed, these ideas for dark front door colors will give your home an entirely new look.

Edmund Barr

Black Front Door

Like that little black dress hanging in your closet, versatility is a black front door's best feature. The high-impact neutral works with a wide variety of home styles, exterior materials, and color combinations. Set against a white brick exterior, this black front door commands attention from the curb. A glossy finish sets the entry apart, while the black-painted window trim and flower box reinforce the high-contrast color scheme.

Suggested Paint Color: Onyx 2133-10, Benjamin Moore

Werner Straube

Dark Gray Front Door

Sophisticated and timeless, dark gray makes an excellent front door color for more traditional house styles. Use brass accents, such as the door handle and house numbers shown here, to dress up a deep, blue-gray door. Shutters painted in a lighter gray tone fade into the background, keeping the focus on the front door.

Suggested Paint Color: Cyberspace SW 7076, Sherwin-Williams

Emily Followill

Indigo Front Door

This elegant all-white exterior demands a focal point. A saturated (but not too bright!) shade of blue immediately draws eyes to the entrance, while decorative glass panes and molding reinforce the classic appeal. The rich indigo color is sophisticated without looking too serious.

Suggested Paint Color: National Anthem M520-6, Behr

Jean Allsopp

Dark-Stained Wood Front Door

Decorative wood doors may benefit more from staining than a colorful paint job. A dark wood stain can accent intricately carved details while allowing the door's natural beauty to shine through. Here, the dark front door color picks up the brownish tones in the gray shingle siding.

Suggested Stain Color: Dark Walnut Wood Stain, Rust-Oleum

Anthony Masterson

Maroon Front Door

Your home won't go unnoticed with a deep red paint color on the front door. To tone down the flashy color, choose a maroon hue surrounded by a light trim color. Here, white trim surrounds the door, windows, and porch to distinguish the entrance from its blue-green siding.

Suggested Paint Color: Quite Red 1011-3, Valspar

Laurie Black

Chestnut Brown Front Door

With its dark brown front door, the color scheme on this Cape Cod cottage takes its cues from the surrounding landscape. Burgundy and pink accents found in the Japanese maple, rose, Loropetalum, and caladium brighten garden beds and complement the home's exterior. A textural stone walkway leads the way to the chestnut-color entry to complete the storybook scene.

Suggested Paint Color: Seed Brown 2096-10, Benjamin Moore

John Granen

Slate Blue Front Door

Create a streamlined silhouette with a serene palette of grays and blues. This exterior draws on the cool, neutral hues found in the surrounding hardscape materials. A deeper shade of slate blue painted on the front door brings the entry forward to become a focal point.

Suggested Paint Color: Granite Peak SW 6250, Sherwin-Williams

Helen Norman

Olive Green Front Door

A subdued olive hue painted on this farmhouse's front door keeps it from fading into the background. Crisp white trim and casing highlight the entry's architectural elements, ushering visitors to come on in. Sunny-yellow siding and dark green metal roofing complete the inviting aesthetic.

Suggested Paint Color: Secret Meadow S360-6, Behr

Werner Straube

Charcoal Front Door

A nearly black front door hue can turn a simple entry into a striking statement-maker. The dark charcoal color on an unadorned, wide double door flatters this modern ranch, complementing more muted neutrals on the siding and trim. The symmetrical placement of planters, lighting, and hardware gives the spot a balanced, eye-catching appeal.

Suggested Paint Color: Witchcraft PPG1037-7, PPG

Comments

Be the first to comment!