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37 Front Door Paint Colors and how to pick one

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Are you looking for fresh front door paint colors and have no idea what to choose?

I know how you feel. Our front door paint color could use an update and I’m not sure which direction to go. I’ve scoured the internet for inspiration and am sharing some of the prettiest doors on the web, along with the colors used.

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Front Door Paint Colors

Tips for selecting front door paint colors

  • Bring what you can to the paint store to match with the swatches. For example, shingles, bricks, or anything else that won’t be changing anytime soon.
  • Always look at the actual swatch against your siding, trim, roof, etc. to make sure it’s the look you’re after.
  • If possible, buy a tester sample and paint some on a board and place it where the door is so you can get an idea of how it will truly look. I love to sample paint colors on these boards that are lightweight and easy to move from place to place but are large enough to tell what the color really looks like.
  • Also, you can get a peel and stick sample of many paint colors here
  • Peel and Stick Paint Color Samples
  • Look at the sample at various times of the day, as well as on a cloudy day and a sunny day so you’ll know exactly how it will change. Sunlight makes colors appear lighter, so be aware of that. Look at the very first photo below and you’ll see an example.
  • Remember that it’s only paint and if you don’t like the color, a door is very easy to repaint!
front door painted with benjamin moore marigold yellow

What’s the most welcoming front door color?

Front door paint colors that are the most welcoming are bright and friendly colors like reds, golds, oranges and corals, turquoise, green, and blue.

What are the most popular front door colors?

Black and red are the most popular front door colors. These are always classic, and there are various shades of both black and red to choose from.

What does the color of your front door mean?

Is your front door saying what you want it to? Make sure it represents your personality and conveys the right message about your home. Here are some popular door colors and the generally accepted meaning of them:

  • Red front door – a red door always means “welcome.” A brighter red tells people that you’re exciting and vibrant, a darker red says you’re warm and inviting.
  • Black front door – indicates order and control. A black front door indicates that you’re sophisticated and authoritative.
  • White front door – a white front door says you’re organized, clean, simple, and serene.
  • Yellow front door – are you sunny, cheerful, optimistic and extraverted? If so, (or if you want people to think that), then you might want to paint your front door yellow.
  • Green front door – go green on your front door and your neighbors will think that you’re healthy, wealthy, and love nature.
  • Blue front door – front doors painted in blue relay the message that you’re calm and trustworthy.
  • Orange front door – you’re unique, artistic, and maybe a little quirky. And you don’t care what anyone else thinks.
  • Brown front door – practical and dependable people have brown front doors.
  • Purple front door – purple symbolizes new opportunities, spirituality, and being bold and adventurous.
  • Gray front door – says you’re intelligent and dignified, but can also tell people that you’re stand-offish if the color isn’t right.

Should my front door and shutters be the same paint color?

Some say that shutters and front doors should be the same, and others say it doesn’t matter as long as the colors complement each other and the brick or siding. It’s really a personal choice.

What’s the best kind of paint to use on my front door?

You definitely want to use an exterior paint on your front door. A high quality acrylic paint will be able to expand and contract with changing temperatures and should last for years.

Which paint sheen should I use on my front door?

On any surface that might need washing or wiping down, you should always use some type of gloss. If the door is new and doesn’t have any flaws, a high gloss will give it a high end look. For an older door that’s not as smooth or perfect, a semi-gloss or satin finish would be preferable.

How often should I paint my front door?

The amount of weather that your front door is exposed to will be the biggest factor in determining how often it needs to be painted. If it’s underneath an awning or roof, the paint could last for 15 to 20 years. If it gets full afternoon sun exposure or gets rained on then you’ll need to paint it more often. As soon as you start to see cracking or fading, it’s time to repaint.

Can I put a clear finish on my wood front door?

Some wooden front doors with beautiful details deserve to be seen and can be coated with clear finishes. These must be made to withstand the elements and block harmful ultraviolet rays. Not all exterior clear finishes are created equal, this one that’s made for boats should hold up for several years without having to reapply it: Varnish for Exterior Wood

For all of the photos, I’ve researched the original source as much as humanly possible, and listed either the actual color or the one that matches the closest on my Benjamin Moore color decks.

Should I paint the inside of my front door the same paint color as the outside?

You could, but it’s not necessary at all. Any paint color you want to use is perfectly acceptable for the inside of your front door. And here are a few ideas:

front door paint color ideas color chart

Want to see more interior door paint color ideas? Visit this post that I wrote about it: 22 Gorgeous Interior Door Paint Colors

Front Door Paint Colors

I’ve tried to represent all colors, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, keep scrolling.  They’re grouped together by color. Let me know which one is your favorite!

NOTE: Keep in mind that all colors will vary on each computer screen, and the lighting and surrounding colors make a HUGE difference on how a color will appear. I can’t tell you how many times a client has looked at a swatch after seeing it online or in a magazine and said that it looks nothing like the online image or magazine photo.

Blue and Purple Front Door Colors

Front door painted with Benjamin Moore Americana

front door painted with benjamin moore americana

Traditional Entry by San Jose Interior Designers & Decorators Linda L. Floyd, Inc., Interior Design

Don’t you love this door with that built in doorbell? Our old house had one and it was so fun to ring it. The dark teal color looks great with the antique brass hardware. Get a peel and stick sample of this color to try out here →
Benjamin Moore Americana Paint Sample

Benjamin Moore Blue Spa Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore blue spa

Eclectic Entry by Tampa Photographers Mina Brinkey

Here’s a classic cottage with a beautiful front door color. The arched top and little window are so charming. And the antique bronze hardware gives it the perfect contrast.

Benjamin Moore Cool Aqua Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore cool aqua

Transitional Entry by Los Angeles Photographers Stephanie Wiley Photography

If you’re looking for a Caribbean or beachy blue front door color, consider Blue Spa. It adds a splash of vibrant turquoise and looks great with the gray stucco on this house.

You can get a peel and stick sample of this fun color here →
Benjamin Moore Blue Spa Paint Sample

Benjamin Moore Teal Ocean

front door painted with benjamin moore teal ocean

Contemporary Entry by London Interior Designers & Decorators Amory Brown

Another good option for a turquoise front door paint color is Teal Ocean. This color is a bit more muted than the Spa Blue but still gives a nice punch of color. And the red-orange bricks really set it off.

Peel and stick sample of this color is available here →
Benjamin Moore Teal Ocean Paint Sample

Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue Painted Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore wythe blue

Eclectic Entry by Lindon Furniture & Accessories Four Chairs Furniture

Colors from the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection like this Wythe Blue are timeless and classy. The white trim gives a lovely contrast and the gray is an ideal siding color. Although it would look good with taupe, yellow, and white as well.

To try a peel and stick sample go here →
Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue Paint Sample

Benjamin Moore Deep Ocean Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore deep ocean

Traditional Exterior by Minneapolis Architects & Designers TEA2 Architects

For a mid-tone blue that’s colorful and classy, try Deep Ocean on your front door. It’s not a navy blue, not a turquoise, and not cobalt. But it’s definitely blue and looks amazing on this home with white trim and a gray roof.

Want to try this color? Get a peel and stick sample of it here →
Benjamim Moore Deep Ocean Sample

Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore breath of fresh air

The classic lines on this front door look stunning painted with Breath of Fresh Air. And the green boxwood bushes perfectly complement the scene.

Benjamin Moore Ocean City Blue front door color

front door painted with benjamin moore ocean city blue

Traditional Entry by Memphis Interior Designers & Decorators Jennifer Estes Interior Design

Softer and more subtle, an Ocean City Blue front door gives this small structure a cozy, cottage look and pops just the right amount against the white-ish siding and black lights.

Benjamin Moore equivalent is Ocean City Blue. Get a peel and stick sample of it to try here →
Benjamin Moore Ocean City Blue Sample

Benjamin Moore Downpour Blue

front door painted with benjamin moore downpour blue

Traditional Exterior Benjamin Moore Down Pour Blue

You can get a peel and stick sample of this pretty blue to try here →
Benjamin Moore Down Pour Blue Sample

Sea Life Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore sea life

A door painted with gray paint is neutral and will go with planters and plants alike. This front door is painted with Sea Life from Benjamin Moore and complements to terracotta pots and lilac bushes nicely.

Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy

front door painted with benjamin moore midnight navy

Traditional Entry by Larchmont Interior Designers & Decorators Debra Kling Colour Consultant

A dark blue door is another classic that will never go out of style This door is painted with Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy, which looks a little different in person than what you see in this image. It’s always best to sample the color first.

For a peel and stick sample of this soft, dark blue, go here →
Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy Sample

Benjamin Moore Gentle Violet

purple front door painted with benjamin moore gentle violet

Are you bold enough for a purple front door? We painted our front door on our last house purple and loved it. You can get a peel and stick sample of this beauty here → Benjamin Moore Gentle Violet Sample

Red and Coral Front Door Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Caliente Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore caliente

Red front doors are always attention grabbing and scream welcome to your guests. This glass paneled front door is painted with Benjamin Moore Caliente. The siding is painted with Nimbus Gray, also from Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Pomegranate

Benjamin Moore Pomegranate front door

Benjamin Moore

You just can’t go wront with a red front door. It’s a timeless color that never goes out of style.

Try a peel and stick sample of this one here Benjamin Moore Pomegranate Sample

Benjamin Moore Raspberry Glaze

front door painted with benjamin moore raspberry glaze

This Old House

Benjamin Moore Raspberry Glaze is a pinkish red that gives a refreshing look to any front door. Get a peel and stick sample of this bold color here Benjamin Moore Raspberry Glaze Sample

Benjamin Moore Wildflower

front door painted with benjamin moore wildflower

Eclectic Entry

Door: Benjamin Moore Wildflower, Siding: Benjamin Moore Midnight

Another color reminiscent of a fashionable lipstick, Wild Flower is a classic pink to gives personality to any entrance. Get a peel and stick sample of this one here Benjamin Moore Wild Flower Sample

Front Door Painted with Benjamin Moore Coral Bells

front door painted with benjamin moore coral bells

Saratoga

Love the look of coral? Sherwin Williams Coral Bells has a beautiful bold coral hue. You can get a peel and stick sample of it here Sherwin Williams Coral Bells Sample

Sangria Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore sangria

Traditional Entry by San Diego Interior Designers & Decorators Gatling Design

Benjamin Moore Sangria has a warm, rich red hue with a hint of orange. Get a peel and stick sample of this one here Benjamin Moore Sangria Sample

Front Door Painted with Benjamin Moore Maple Leaf Red

front door painted with benjamin moore maple leaf red

Traditional Entry by Philadelphia Architects & Designers Kass & Associates

This door color looks like the deep rich hues of a maple tree leaf in the fall. Try a peel and stick sample of this one here Benjamin Moore Maple Leaf Red Sample

Benjamin Moore Shy Cherry

front door painted with benjamin moore shy cherry

Rustic Entry by Birmingham Architects & Designers Dungan Nequette Architects

There’s nothing shy about using Shy Cherry on this welcoming front door. You can get a peel and stick sample of this one here → Benjamin Moore Shy Cherry Sample

Orange Front Door Colors

Benjamin Moore Orange Parrot

front door painted with benjamin moore orange parrot

Asian Landscape by Rancho Palos Verdes Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Jesse Im/bugonmyleaf

Go bold or go home! Benjamin Moore Orange Parrot is definitely a bold choice and makes a big statement. Get a sample of it here Benjamin Moore Orange Parrot Sample.

Benjamin Moore Rhumba Orange

front door painted with benjamin moore rhumba

Contemporary Exterior

Another bold choice, Benjamin Moore Rumba Orange works beautifully on this modern home. Samples of this color are available here → Benjamin Moore Rumba Sample

Coral Spice Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore coral spice

Reminiscent of a found piece of coral, this front door painted with Benjamin Moore Coral Spice is colorful and welcoming.

A peel and stick sample is available here: Benjamin Moore Coral Spice Peel and Stick Paint Sample

Yellow and Gold Front Door Paint Colors

Stuart Gold Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore stuart gold

Nothing gives a house old-fashioned charm like a yellow front door. This one painted with Benjamin Moore Stuart Gold is so nice with all the glass panels. Trim: Chantilly Lace, Siding: Weston Flax

Yellow Hibiscus Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore yellow hibuscus

Traditional Entry by Newport Beach Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Garden Studio


Benjamin Moore Yellow Hibiscus gives this front door a happy, cheerful vibe. You can get a sample of this one to try here
Benjamin Moore Yellow Hibiscus Sample

Yellow Marigold Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore yellow marigold

Traditional Entry by Mahwah General Contractors Michael Sisti

Door: Benjamin Moore equivalent is Yellow Marigold, Siding: Benjamin Moore equivalent is Dior Gray

Brighten up a gray or dark house by painting your front door Yellow Marigold. Samples can be purchased here → Benjamin Moore Yellow Marigold Sample

Golden Honey Painted Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore golden honey

This Old House

Benjamin Moore Golden Honey is a soft yellow that will brighten any door. Samples available here
Benjamin Moore Golden Honey Sample

Green Front Door Paint Colors

Agave Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore agave

Farmhouse Porch by Boston Photographers Mary Prince

Benjamin Moore Agave gives an organic, earthy welcome to visitors. Get a sample of this color here
Benjamin Moore Agave Sample

Iguana Green Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore iguana

Spaces by Seattle Design-Build Firms RW Anderson Homes

This bold green is appropriately called Iguana Green and you can get a sample of it here
Benjamin Moore Iguana Green.

Tequila Lime Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore tequila lime

Modern Exterior by Menlo Park Architects & Designers Ana Williamson Architect

Benjamin Moore Tequila Lime is a bold lime green with a hint of yellow. You can get a sample of it here Benjamin Moore Tequila Lime Sample

Herb Garden Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore herb garden

Pam Penick’s Digging

Benjamin Moore Herb Garden is a classic green and truly is the color of an herb garden. Samples are available here Benjamin Moore Herb Garden Sample.

Benjamin Moore Green Meadows Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore green meadows

A green front door is always a welcome sight, and this one painted with Benjamin Moore Green Meadows is especially pretty with the matching shutters and stair rails. Siding: Maritime White

Tree Moss from Benjamin Moore

front door painted with benjamin moore tree moss

If softer, muted colors appeal to you then you might want to consider painting your front door with Tree Moss from Benjamin Moore. When paired with the lovely blue ceilings on this home, it has a spring garden feeling.  Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Harbor Haze, Siding: Benjamin Moore White Diamond

Black Front Door Paint Colors

Jet Black Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore jet black

This traditional home looks classy and stylish with the Jet Black front door. Siding: Coventry Gray, Trim: Cloud Cover

Blue Note Front Door

front door painted with benjamin moore blue note

Traditional Entry by Athens Interior Designers & Decorators cullen and company

For a soft, deep blackish blue you should consider Benjamin Moore Blue Note. Samples can be obtained here Benjamin Moore Blue Note Sample

Mopboard Black Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore mophead black

Here’s another classic black front door from the Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Paint Color Collection. This one is called Mopboard Black and looks great on the stunning door.

Black Front Door Paint Color

front door painted with benjamin moore jet black

Traditional Entry by Seattle Architects & Designers Paul Moon Design

Benjamin Moore Black is a classic front door color that never goes out of style. Get a peel and stick sample of it here Benjamin Moore Black Sample

I hope you’ve found some inspiration for your front door here. These are just a few of literally thousands of colors to choose from. The sky’s the limit on what you could do.


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7 Comments

  1. I love this post, Angie! I am something of a front door snob — Just ask my husband if I don't comment on everyone's (mostly wrong) choice of front door colors! Houses could really improve their curb appeal with just the right color door. Ours was forest green when we moved in. I wanted it red. The first red I picked was so wrong – it looked like hot pink! I thought we would be fined for having an ugly door! I repainted it the very next day with BM's Heritage Red. I love it!

    1. Thanks, Amy! Our front door is red as well…at least for now. Heritage Red is a great red. Good choice! Thanks for dropping by. ~ Angie

  2. I love all the doors Angie. I particularly like the yellow doors against the gray siding.

    1. Hey Kathy! I really like that combination too. I love the orange and green doors, but I don't think I've got the guts to do either of those in our very traditional neighborhood. Thanks for dropping by. I hope you're doing great. ~ Angie

  3. I'm in love with the Tequila Lime; that's where I'm taking my Herb Garden Green next. However, in a couple of years I'll be switching to the most beautiful color I've found on this post . . . Gentle Violet. It is soooo pretty. Thank you for this collection and the information!

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