Need some colour inspiration to help you decide the best colour for your front door?
The colour you choose to paint your front door is vital as a welcome to you and your guests. According to a study by Dulux Weathershield, it only takes 10 seconds for people
to make a judgement about you when they see your front door.
While red suggests a passionate and dynamic homeowner, black is favoured by those who want to give off an air of power and prestige. It’s also preferred by those who want to maintain a sense of mystery! Green denotes a calm personality and complements the outside world with its strong connections to nature. A calming teal front door, with its year-round summery vibe, will bring your front garden back to life as the year draws to an end.
For those feeling brave, statement front doors are one of the hottest trends and bright yellows are perfect for creating a warm, welcoming entrance and setting your house apart from the rest.
‘A front garden with lush hedges and foliage will be enhanced by the hints of green in Teal Façade, a fun twist on the traditional. Paint the trim in a darker colour to add a touch of sophistication,’ suggest paint experts at Dulux.
‘For a more understated front door colour idea, choose Feather Flock or Green Glade – both elegant, subtle shades. Both of these can be coordinated with a refreshing and vibrant Teal Façade if your preference is for bolder accents. Meanwhile, the dusky violet of
Lavender Quartz works well with soothing shades of white or cream’, the colour experts add.
Not sure where to start, or how to paint your front door? Valspar has pulled together a quick and easy guide so you can revitalise your entrance in six easy steps:
1. Clean your door with sugar soap
2. Sand down all surfaces once dry – going with the grain – and fill any crack, making sure to lightly sand the filler afterwards
3. Wipe the door with damp cloth and leave to dry
4. Mask the hinges, handles and door frame
5. Apply 1-2 coats of primer and undercoat
6. Once primer and undercoat is dry, paint the edges of the door first with desired colour and then the rest of the door. Then repeat with a second coat.
*Top Tip: Make sure to leave the door to dry for 2-4 hours before closing the door!
Browse front door colour ideas and inspiration below…
This minty blue shade is one of our favourite colours when it comes to front doors. Friendly, cheerful and fresh, and goes well with both silver coloured or brass coloured door hardware.
Get the look: This colour is Tears of Joy from Valspar
Lavender has a friendly, inviting and familiar feel to it. Sweet for cottages or family homes. Suits silver doorware better than brass colours.
Get the look: This is Dulux's Lavender Quartz paint.
This lovely blush shade is not too pink, not too peachy, it's just calm, bright, and rather sophisticated. Looks particularly good with brass hardware.
Get the look: This pink shade is by Little Greene.
Phoar! This vibrant green isn't quite pine, nor is it a perfect teal or turquoise, but however you'd describe it we rather love it. It looks fresh and zesty on this modern door, but would suit shed or garden house buildings and cottages too. Pairing it with black hardware (like in this image) gives it a modern, minimalist edge.
Get the look: This is Copenhagen Harbour R229A from Valspar.
If doors could dance, this door would have jazz hands. The zesty citrus shade instantly puts you in a good mood.
Get the look: Zaney Jane from Valspar
This indigo shade reminds us of the Aegean – we wish we could dive right into it.
Get the look: This is Dulux's Indigo Shade
This pink shade from Little Greene has grey undertones, giving it a more neutral appearance. Pairs well with other earthy and stone-hued colours too.
If you ask us, you can't go wrong with a soft blue shade. It's a classic.
Get the look: This is Teal Façade from Dulux.
Just how soothing is this soft, earthy shade from Little Greene? There's nothing loud or bolshy about it, it's just neutral, warm and calming.
As this Holland Park front door proves (it's one of our Design Projects), it's that black and white is always classic and elegant, and a very London look.
Case in point.
Get the look: this home was designed by Katharine Pooley
This blue shade feels traditional and homely, and would work well in a country setting.
Get the look: Blue Bird Morning from Valspar
A rich green shade from Little Greene pairs perfectly with the black hardware on this door, and makes a cool contrast to the exposed brickwork.
Get the look: This is Little Greene's Goblin 311
More gorgeous colours from Little Greene, but we're particularly taken with the way that narrow raspberry pink line perfectly complements the lining of the curtains. Gorgeous.
Smokey hues give this entrance a modern, sophisticated and grown-up vibe.
Get the look: This colour is Aegean Ruins from Valspar
Perfect white is a hard one to pull off, and we wouldn't recommend it for households with big dogs or small kids as it will look dirty quick, but for professional households it can look very polished indeed.
The white door and doorframe makes a bright, fresh contrast to the brick exterior.
Get the look: Lighting is from astrolighting.com
Another gorgeous shade by Little Greene, a soft blue with grey undertones.
This soft green shade looks gorgeous in this country setting.
Get the look: Ho Ho Green 305 from Little Greene
This dark blue shade from Little Greene looks almost purple in some light. The dark, bold colour is chic and grown-up.
Get the look: Dock Blue by Little Greene.
We found this pic in the Livingetc archives and just had to include it. And orange-you-glad we did? You don't often see an orange door but when you do, it's uplifting and cheerful.
Get the look: For similar outdoor chairs and table, Amazon. Big plant pots from Rosemary Livingstone.
Navy shades pair well with white, and look perfect in this coastal setting.
For stone properties, white will just make the walls or pillars look dirty, so stone colours, eggshell and off-white will achieve a light and neutral look and bring out the lightness of the property's materials.
Dark smokey colours work well for modern properties too, and have a clean, crisp look when contrasted with a white border.
Get the look: wall lights from astrolighting.com