Front door color ideas from a pro

Punch up your home’s exterior look with a statement front door. To help you get started, we asked an expert at Sherwin-Williams for some front door color ideas.
A black front door with sidelight makes a bold statement on this white painted house.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Whether you’re trying to sell a new home or pass your house on to the next generation, front door color carries outsized importance.

To help you start dreaming up the perfect color for your front door, we tapped Kiki Redhead, the color and trend lead for industrial coatings with Sherwin-Williams. Her job is to forecast color trends by predicting how industry, product, and consumer preferences, as well as consumer purchasing behavior will evolve.

What’s in a front door anyway?

“Curb appeal is a home’s first impression, much like the clothes we wear,” Redhead explained. “It’s the outside world’s view of the type of house we keep, and correlates to the thoughts and emotions someone will form prior to entering the home. If you put effort and care into the exterior, you most likely have done the same inside.”

In addition to adding personality to your home, certain front door colors may actually boost resale value. A Zillow analysis of 132,000 homes sold since 2010 found that painting a front door black or gray can help fetch up to $6,271 more. Even choosing navy blue — black’s fraternal twin — can increase a home’s sale by an average of more than $1,500.

Whether you’re interested in one of these sophisticated dark neutrals or prefer a mood-brightening yellow, you’ll want to start by coming up with a color scheme that matches your exterior.

How to create a front door color scheme

Redhead says fashionable colors for entry doors emerge to either blend in with or stand out against the popular neutral hues of a housing market. To help you figure out whether you want a color that blends in or stands out, let’s look at color theory.

Grab a color wheel and find the color that best matches your home’s exterior color. From there you can use one of the following approaches to home in on a front door color idea:

  • High-contrast scheme: If you want your front door to pop, select a complementary color or a color that’s on the opposite side of the color wheel from your exterior color. For example, a red-hued door would provide bold contrast to a green exterior.
  • Medium-contrast scheme: For a contrast that’s still pleasing but less dramatic, select a triadic color or one of the colors equidistant from your exterior color. Image laying a triangle on the color wheel with one corner on your exterior color. The other two corners will point toward its triads. For example, a door in the red or blue color family would provide a nice contrast to a green exterior.
  • Harmonious scheme: If you want to use color in a way that’s subtle and calming, select a front door color that’s analogous or right next door to your exterior color on the color wheel. For example, a door in the green or yellow color family would be harmonious with a green exterior.

Once you’ve decided on a color family for your front door, it’s time to get into paint color recommendations.

Expert color recommendations

The trendiest hues for entry doors typically fall into one of four color categories below, and according to Redhead, each one says something different.

Worried about front door color dating your home? According to Redhead, you shouldn’t be. “I see these color families as a long-term trend,” Redhead said. “The specific hues may shift slightly, but you can always rely on a classic red, navy, or black.”

How color works on entry doors

Love one of these colors? You can order one of our entry doors to match any Sherwin-Williams paint color — select one color for the exterior and another color or a stained wood for the interior. In case you’re wondering about the door shown above, it’s an entry door in a straightline panel style.

Want to explore the rest of our entry door panel styles, colors, hardware, and more? Bring your dream door to life with our design tool. Or keep gathering exterior inspiration here on the blog.

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 A black front door with sidelight makes a bold statement on this white painted house.