Is your front door getting the attention it deserves? Perhaps it’s time for a new color. But which one best suits your home? If you’re ready for a front door refresh, here are 8 do’s and don’ts from Cormack's home remodeling pros.

No matter what style of home you have, you can't go wrong with a classic, natural hue for your front door. Source:

1. Do consider the classics.

Classic, neutral hues like brown, black, or gray provide a look that will stand the test of time. If you change the style of your home’s exterior, these neutral colors will adapt with it. Even deep reds and navy blues are classic front door colors that act as neutrals. Another neutral option:  stain your door instead of painting it. 

Choosing the right color for your front door


2. Don’t rule out bright colors.

Many homeowners might think twice about using bright colors on their front doors. But sometimes, a pop of color can make a bold and attractive statement. If you find a hue that speaks to you, but think it could be a little too daunting, consider a darker version of the color.

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3. Do visually expand your home with a monochromic entrance.

If you have a smaller home, you can visually expand it by painting the door, trim, window frames, and exterior the same color. Add pops of color with accessories, including planters and light sconces.  

4. Do bring your home’s style into your decision.

Consider your home’s style when selecting a color for your front door. While a bold, lime green might suit a modern home, it might look out of place on an old rustic farmhouse. However, don’t be afraid to bend the rules with an unexpected color, which can add some personality and excitement to a traditional facade.

5. Don’t forget your screen door and trim.

If you have a storm door or screen door, consider painting its frame a contrasting hue for a second punch of color. Likewise, give your trim some consideration. While white is classic, a contrasting trim can make your door pop. For example, a rich brown trim can warm up a cool-colored door.

choosing your front door colorStumped on a color for your front door? Look to your home's natural surroundings for inspiration.  Source: Cormack Construction

6. Do consider your home’s natural surroundings.

Look to your home’s natural surroundings for color inspiration. For example, the greens, blues, browns, and other hues that appear together in nature will also suit your home, making it look like it belongs in the landscape.

7. Don’t choose a paint color inside the store.

Paint chips are going to look a lot different in the store than they will outside your home. To get a better sense of how the color will appear, tape the swatch to your front door and observe how it looks in different natural lighting throughout the day.

8. Do the proper prepping and painting.

Be sure to prepare your door for painting with an exterior primer. Use a latex exterior paint to avoid fading and peeling. For a more forgiving finish that hides flaws, opt for a semi-gloss paint.

Home Remodeling in NH’s Lakes Region, White Mountains, and Western Maine

Cormack Construction is an award-winning building and remodeling company serving homeowners throughout New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, White Mountains and Western Maine. If you need help with your home remodeling project, contact our friendly, professional team today! 

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