Red: It's a color with dramatic variation in appearance and with hundreds of shades, hues, and variations. And red appears differently to different people: What's red on a front door to you may look crimson to another person. Likewise, auburn to your neighbor may seem vermillion to you. But red, in all its changeability, continues to be one of the most popular and best shades for front doors.
If you are thinking of swapping out your staid front door for something in red, read on to learn more about how the best shades for red front doors can work well with your home.
In general, different shades of the color red are made by adjusting the amounts of white and black as well as by varying the intensities of base shades. For example, a deep, rich burgundy has much more black in its appearance than a soft salmon color.
Whatever your house's architectural style, red can serve to complement that design and establish a mood that's apparent from the street. Take a look at two different reds, located side by side. A deep, rich color probably changes your mood, creating feelings that are soothing and solid; a brighter, more electric hue will convey much more energy and excitement.
A red front door can serve to complement or contrast with the rest of your home's exterior, as well as provide accent to its particular style.
For example, a dark-color brick on the exterior might need the pop of a lighter and brighter red door in order to draw attention to the front entryway. A lighter shade of siding might benefit from a darker hue of red on the front door. Both choices will help draw attention to the door and offer pleasing contrast.
Style might help provide boundaries for the best shades of red for your front door. A more traditionally styled door probably calls for a more traditional hue of red. A cottage or contemporary styled home might offer more design and color flexibility when it comes to a red front door, either with a quirkier choice for the former or a more sophisticated hue of red for the latter.
TIP: If you have a few samples of red that you're trying to choose from, try them out on the front door; paint swatches a few inches apart as well as close to the surrounding door frame and step back to see how they look. Make sure to view them from various angles and distances, including from the driveway and the street.