Even though it’s the middle of winter and exterior painting season is still a few months away, now is the perfect time to start thinking about color as we gear up for summer.
One question I’m asked frequently is around choosing front door colors. What are good colors to use?
There is a reason why certain colors are perennially at the top of the list:
These are all classics that never go out of style and work with a variety of different body colors.
Let’s dig into each of these a little bit:
Red is the classic symbol of “Welcome” when it comes to front doors, and a color that the eye can easily see. Interestingly, men are attracted to yellow-based reds and women to blue-based reds. So if you find yourself debating with your partner over different shades of red, this might be one reason why.
Red can be tricky with cheaper paints. Have you ever had the experience of painting 5 coats of red to get good coverage? The pigment red is very transparent, and unless formulated smartly by the paint manufacturer, has horrible hide.
One reason I love C2 Paint is that even the brightest red, like Canadian Flag, covers in two coats. TWO!! This is due to the quality and density of the pigment. Better paint = better coverage = less headaches = less paint needed = less time spent painting = less money spent paying the painter = happy homeowner.
Ah, black front doors are classic, like that little black dress in your closet that never fails – and it’s all about accessorizing. One of my favorite ways to use black is with an eye to detail. Support the fabulous black by using great hardware on the door. Planters and accessories at the entrance support the classic look (even modern homes need accessorizing), and try a gloss finish.
High gloss looks ah-maze-ing on black painted front doors. Gloss adds polish to a well thought out entry, and black gloss is the epitome of sophistication.
Not as deep as black, navy blue is a universal color. The trick is to make it a fresh take on this tried-and-true hue.
Find a navy that is deep and clean. Many navies tend to be a bit muddy or dusty looking. Instead, find one that has a depth and clarity to it to create a real statement at the door. It gets back to quality pigments and hide – cheaper paints cannot get the depth of color without compromise. So they often have a lot of white in them to give better coverage, but you end up with a blue that is not crispy or rich, instead it looks a bit dusty or faded.
One of my favorite tricks: Match the door to your favorite decorative tree, like a maple whose leaves turns that magical shade of dark red in the fall. This creates visual layers to the face of your home, and connects the house to the yard.
With the popularity of painting houses in various dark grays, burgundy is a wonderful way to add life and visual interest without being too distracting. Where black might be too quiet, and red too distracting; burgundy is rich and eye catching.
Where to Go From Here?
I’ve created a Pinterest board called “Front Door Style” for you to explore different colors and styles:
There’s also a great video we made with our friends at Dunn Lumber about transforming your home simply by painting the front door:
I invite you to drop by and check out our paints, I think you’ll love the colors and the quality. We have designers that make house calls, so if you are finding the idea of creating a color scheme overwhelming, we can help.
If you are planning of painting this summer, now is the time to start getting your painter lined up. Get at least three bids, and make sure you are comparing your bids smartly. Our Daly’s Reference List has independent painters you can call, plus a tip sheet of How to Choose a Painter. Check it out.
Robin Daly is the 3rd generation owner of Daly's Paint & Decorating stores. She is passionate about supporting people with their home improvement projects, loves how color can transform a space and knows a thing or two about how to get things done.