Dark Front Doors Done Right

These strikingly handsome hues prove a front door needn't be bright to be bold. If flashy looks aren't your cup of tea, turn to black, navy, gray, or maroon to make a sophisticated statement with major appeal.

Painting a front door is an inexpensive improvement, and a rich hue splashed on your home's point of entry makes your exterior look polished and put-together. Whether your style is crisp and tailored or breezy and relaxed, these ideas can work for your home.


This elegant all-white exterior demands a focal point. Draw eyes to its entrance with a peppy (but not too bright!) shade of blue. A rich hit of indigo adds classic appeal.

High-Gloss Black

Like that little black dress hanging in your closet, versatility is a black front door's most fashionable feature. A high-gloss finish sets this entry apart from its red-brown brick exterior.


Your home will never go unnoticed with a rich red paint color on its front door. Tone down the flash with a maroon hue surrounded by a light trim color. Here, white trim surrounding the door, windows, and porch distinguishes the entrance from its blue-green siding.

Chestnut Brown

This Cape Cod cottage's color scheme 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 gracious stone walkway leads the way to the chestnut-color entry to complete the storybook scene.

Slate Blue

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.


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.


A nearly black hue on an unadorned, wide double door flatters this modern ranch. Symmetrical placement of planters, lighting, and hardware give the spot balanced, eye-catching appeal.

Refresh you home by painting your front door a fun color. Not sure what hue to choose? These tried-and-true colors are sure to flatter any facade.


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