No matter how your exterior facade is designed, the front door is always the most important element as it allows visitors and passers-by to generally grasp the shape and layout of the exterior of your house and, of course, to let them know where to enter! There has been a long history associated to door colours and their meanings. But today the front door colour can have an impact on the bottom line when it’s time to sell, so choose with enthusiasm but not without thought!
Here are my top six paint colours for the front doors:
Farrow Ball’s Pitch Black No. 256
This is classic black, which works well with taupe, beige, cream, white, grey, yellow, olive green or any exterior material that needs a strong focal point. Black is good for adding “weight” to a facade, making it appear more solid to viewers. However, black can be a poor choice if your entry is deeply shadowed or partially hidden as it creates a “black hole” from the street and appears unwelcoming rather than classic.
Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy HC-154
An ‘almost black’ navy blue, this deep and rich hue will add a touch of colour without too much colour. Like black, it is classic and complements light surrounding substrates and has always been a colour associated to authority and trust. It is an excellent choice for orange, salmon or yellow-bricked homes as it adds a touch more brightness than black.
Dulux’s Manor House A1701 by
This is a very interesting colour as it’s not brown, nor is it charcoal, but rather a mix of the two. I like to call it “dark greige” (rhymes with beige). This is a wonderful colour choice if you don’t want the heaviness of black and a chocolate brown looks too 1970s… this is a strong but subdued neutral for the front of the house. It will work well with any stucco or brick colour and is especially good for houses with dull beige fronts and lacking a focal point.
This is a deep delicious red that isn’t pink in its undertone, nor is it burgundy. It’s a mix of red, settled down by brown but it has retained its red character. Outside in the sunlight it is lush and stately. It is not a bright red, but a classier version of it. I love this colour with all brick colours and most stucco colours (although I’m not fond of yellow or orange stucco with a red front door… it’s too much for me). This is a lovely front door colour that complements the classic combo of black, white or gray exterior materials, with this version of red giving it a regal lift.
Farrow Ball’s Incarnadine No. 248 by
The definitive front door colour — strong red! If you want a bright red that isn’t pink or cherry, then this is the one. It is a beautiful saturated colour, adding personality wherever it is used. Red doors have always had the association to fashion, good fortune and strong energy and that still applies today. Red is difficult to select for exteriors, as it will appear pinker when applied to a larger surface, but this is an outstanding colour if you want to ‘standout’ in your neighborhood (and not look pink!).
Para Paint’s Zeus P5105-85D by
For a classic colour with a nod to English history, try “Zeus”, a deep hue, similar to the traditional automotive “British Racing Car Green”. Consider this on mission or craftsman style homes or exteriors that need a vintage or historic culture steeped n tradition.
It may be a small area to paint, but the front door is the first element visible to your home’s exterior, so go big and paint a great impression!!
About the author: Jane Lockhart, B.A.A.I.D. is the Founder & Principal Designer Jane Lockhart Interior Design