While neighborhoods continue to be redefined by black and white exteriors, there is still room for colour. Here are 14 of the prettiest front door paint colours to choose instead of painting your door black.
A black front door is and always will be a classic choice for many exteriors. But we are in a moment where entire neighborhoods are being built or “updated” to the most uniform exterior colour trend the world has ever seen: black and white.
So right now, a black front door simply doesn’t have the mystique it used to have.
Because every house has one.
Stop painting your front door black
So, it’s time to think beyond black for your front door colour. If I were a part of one of these ubiquitous neighborhoods, I’d rather be able to say, my house is the one with the happy green door. 💚
And truth be told, right now that’s the only thing that will make your white house different from your neighbours white house.
Here’s the thing that’s great too. It’s ONLY PAINT. Painting a door is a pretty easy weekend project. And the potential curb appeal you’ll add is outsized to the cost.
So what’s holding you back?
Not sure which colour is best for your exterior? Try this.
Harmonize on key – consider existing exterior colours
Front doors look great in a surprising range of colours. The trickiest thing you need to pay attention too is how saturated or muted the colour is in the context to the other colours and finishes on your home’s exterior. For instance, on homes with an earthy exterior colour palette, especially with brick or stone, choosing a colour that is too clean will certainly look off.
Try an eDesign front door colour consultation
If you have an exterior with earthy beiges, greys, taupes or browns, or anything that’s not white or cream, you might want some guidance. Our front door colour consultation will offer you at least 3 beautiful options to consider that will accent your specific exterior perfectly. Try it here!
Front door colours for a black and white house
But let’s look at colours that will look good on a white house with black windows or accents.
First, have you noticed how black painted doors often look simply like holes in the facade – kind of like black windows?
My director of eDesign painted the main entry door that goes from the garden to her cream garage black some years back. She said she couldn’t count how many times that at a glance the door looked like it had been left open.
The good news is a black and white exterior colour scheme can handle a very wide range of accent colours. So I’m going to show you some of the best front door colours my team and I are into right now to help inspire you.
Terrence, Chief Technology Officer
“Since a white house can have really any colour according to Maria, I would go for a playful colour with vintage vibes like salmon or pistachio to bring some joy to the otherwise stark feeling of black and white.”
Behr Indian Sunset
Behr Enchanted Meadow
“I think brighter and more saturated colours are having quite the moment right now as alot of us crave a little more visual interest for our homes and would be the perfect solution for brightening up and creating a happier look on a classic white exterior.
This vibrant periwinkle colour would be so fun to repeat in porch decor and a leafy green would connect beautifly to lush green surroundings.”
Sherwin Williams Lobelia
Sherwin Williams Dill
Marla, Customer Service
“A black and white house looks especially classic with an eye catching red door. Poinsettia is a clear pink leaning red that gives a fresh take on the traditional red. I like a rich blue with some warmth so that it stands out with black accents.”
Sherwin Williams Poinsettia
Benjamin Moore Blue Danube
Kristy, Social Media Director
Just like cognac warms up black and white interior schemes, it makes a pretty focal point at the entrance. Deep teal green is always a beautiful choice. Teals and blue seem to be trending here with the MK team.
“This summer, I’m planning to give my front door a beautiful new update. My heritage home has a classic white exterior with a charming brick foundation, so I’m considering a terracotta hue to add a touch of warmth that perfectly complements the brick (and some well-placed terracotta pots on my front porch).
But, as someone who loves to play with color, I’m also eyeing a rich blue-green shade, similar to the colour of my back door. Adding a pop of colour to your front door is a simple update that can really breathe new life into your home’s exterior – no matter how old your home is.”
Benjamin Moore Warmed Cognac
Benjamin Moore Dragonfly
Shana, eDesign Customer Service
“Saffron gold is uplifting. Yellow can be tricky for a front door since some look too bright. But this is a darker and richer gold looks pretty and regal with a white exterior. For a calm look, a muted mid toned aqua or slate colour always looks polished. It would provide soft contrast to any white exterior, traditional or modern.”
Sherwin Williams Sunflower
Sherwin Willams Mountain Stream
Tricia, Director of eDesign
“I know I’m often in the minority for my love of earthy moss greens, but they are having a moment and are a good choice for creating a grounded look on a white exterior with black accents. And a muted lilac colour is sophisticated in an unexpected way and really easy to repeat in plantings.”
Farrow & Ball Sap Green
Behr Dream Sunset
“It always works to take a classic colour like primary blue or red and shift it slightly for a more interesting and custom designer look. Salsa Dancing is the perfect meeting of red and orange, and Lucerne has that dash of green that brings deep beautiful water to mind instantly.”
Benjamin Moore Lucerne
Benjamin Moore Salsa Dancing
I hope you found some inspiration directly from my incredibly talented team here at Maria Killam Inc.!
We are always here for you and ready to help you with all things colour.
If you’d like to refresh your front door with a brand new coat of paint this spring, we couldn’t be more behind that. And you can get Maria and the team’s help with the best colours for your specific home here.