Front door Benjamin Moore Charcoal Slate, red brick stairs on exterior. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting

What Are The Best Paint Colours for Your Front Door?

The Top 9 Front Door Paint Colours

Did you know that painting your front door is one of the BEST ways to add curb appeal to your home? And in ONE AFTERNOON, you can take a ho-hum door and turn it into something that gets your neighbours talking – for less than a hundred dollars!

HOWEVER, with thousands of colours to choose from it can be hard to figure out which colour is best. That’s why you have me (insert happy face here). You can either hire me via my E-design to give you the TOP 3-4 colours for YOUR front door, or you can check out these fab options below…

The best paint colours for front door and curb appeal on the exterior. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, navy blue, black, gray, green and more

1. Best Front Door Colour – Burgundy or Red

Burgundy is a great choice if you want visual interest without committing to the intensity of a real vivacious red. Brick red is a slightly more modern take on burgundy, with red coming in as the colour with the most vibrant personality!

The best red, burgundy and brick paint colors for front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting blog

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

  • Check out Benjamin Moore Sundried Tomato. It’s close to being red but has enough of a burgundy/grounded base to keep it calm and collected.
  • Another fave along those lines is Benjamin Moore Dinner Party, more of a rich, dense red.
  • Benjamin Moore New London Burgundy is a more typical burgundy compared to those with stronger brown, purple or orange undertones.

If you’re looking for a more ravishing red (check out my profile photo – wink wink), these next colours should get you on the right path. Keep in mind, while red is one of the most popular choices, it isn’t always the smartest one. Your home has to actually suit red (or a tweaked version of it) otherwise it will look out of place.

Exterior, front door paint colour consultation with Kylie M Interiors E-design and online color consulting. Sherwin Williams Chinese Red with red orange brick, beige painted wood siding

I gave my E-Design client (above) four beautiful front door options to choose from, and Sherwin Wiliams Chinese Red was the winner.

Exterior palette, red front door best paint colors, Benjamin Moore Caliente, Cream siding Lancaster, shutters in Essex Green. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice blog

  • Benjamin Moore Caliente is a gorgeous, sumptuous red, one of my faves for real personality.
  • For a red with a bit more RED, check out Sherwin Williams Poinsettia. It’s not quite primary red, but it’ll give that impression.

And BTW, 99.9% of the photos on my blog are from my E-Design clients; thank you for sending them in; you guys rock! 

2. Best Front Door Colour – Navy Blue

Navy blue is a wicked choice for a front door. Blue can be rich and classic or fun and fresh, but it’s the more traditional navy blue paint colours that are a hit with today’s homeowners.

The best navy blue paint colours for the front door exterior. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting blog

Above samples are just approximations of paint colours

Front door Benjamin Moore Charcoal Slate, red brick stairs on exterior. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Front door painted Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, blue siding and white trim. Best paint colour. Kylie M E-design

  • Sherwin Williams Naval is a handsome fellow and the perfect complement to almost any siding. Naval sits on the slightly cooler end of the blue scale (compared to some navies that have a smidge of green in them).
  • Sherwin Williams Cyberspace is a dark navy with a decent gray undercurrent.
  • Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue has a bit more gray in it and appears slightly ‘softer’ than Naval.
  • Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. Oh haaaale yes! It’s hard to go wrong with the classic look of Hale Navy.

Beige or tan siding with cream trim and Benjamin Moore Temptation shutters, front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color expert (1)

And while there are about half a dozen more navy blues that I could rattle off the top of my head, those are a few of my FAVES.

Front door painted Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, siding REquisite Gray, trim and railings High Reflective White, Gauntlet Gray concrete steps. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart

3. Best Front Door Colour – Teal / Blue Green

Whether you’re looking for a farmhouse or a beachy look, there is nothing like a fresh, modern teal paint colour for your front door! Teal is a mixture of blue and green – and not always an even mixture. Some teals lean more on the blue side, while others lean more green.

The best teal front door paint colours, exterior. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, onnline paint colour advice. Sherwin or Benjamin colors

The above samples are just approximations of paint colours

Classic French Gray siding, Extra White and Stillwater front door. Exterior paint colour, pavers. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant. DIY decorating ideas blog. Best paint color for siding or front door

Benjamin Moore Sioux Falls blue green front door, Sherwin White Duck off white painted brick exterior. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, curb appeal and online decorating ideas for paint colour

Today’s popular teals also have gray in them, keeping them a bit more in-check and not so ‘day-glo’.

  • Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue is one of my fave blue-green-gray blends. Whether you prefer the lighter version, Palladian Blue, or the darker Stratton Blue, this range of blue-green is a wicked choice for a front door.
  • I can also be talked into the likes of Sherwin Wiliams Peacock Plume for a bit more colour.

Grand Canal and Cloudburst teal blue front door paint colour ideas

Looking for something a bit spunkier?

  • You’ll find that Benjamin Moore Mexicali Turquoise is a vibrant, lighter, brighter front door colour.
  • Benjamin Moore Cool Aqua and Sherwin Williams Aquarium are teals with a bit more spazip to them! (spazip being a super technical term).
  • If you like a green-blue with a slightly vintage feel, Benjamin Moore Hazy Blue might be for you! 

And of course the darkest of the teals – Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green. Not for the faint of heart, Yorktowne Green is a gorgeous blend that’s flexible and easy to live with. It would look stunning in a woodsy environment with a lot of cedar siding.

The Best Blue Green Paint Colours for Your Front Door

4. Best Front Door Colour – Green

There’s something about a solid dark green that seems to work on a LOT of homes.

The best green front door paint colours. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour virtual consultant

The above samples are just approximations of paint colours

Front door Craftsman style painted Benjamin Moore Dark Pewter, Maibec Balsam stained shingles. Kylie M interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Front door paint colour Sherwin Williams Night Owl with beige vinyl siding and white trim. Kylie M E-design

The above front door is Sherwin Williams Night Owl. Another beauty is Benjamin Moore Mohegan Sage or even Sherwin Williams Rockbottom for a stronger, striking look.

This next home was oooookay with its blue front door…

front door and exterior dragons breath before

But I knew siding colour (Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath) would be WAY better suited to a lil’ chartreuse, which also satisfied the owner’s desire for something a little OUTSIDE the box!

Front door Benjamin Moore Chatreuse, siding Dragons Breath, similiar to Sherwin Urbane Bronze. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Benjamin Moore Chartreuse was the PERFECT choice to take things up a notch!

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out shortly to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
  • if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

5. Best Front Door Colour – Black 

Black is bold and is a great way to make a statement on a large or small home. It looks especially fabulous when paired with a crisp white trim.

The best black front door paint colours exterior. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Benjamin and Sherwin

The above samples are just approximations of paint colours

Front door exterior painted Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, Mink siding, Alabaster trim. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

Exterior with red brick. Paint colours Sherwin Williams Dovetail and gauntlet gray with Iron Ore front door and white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

And while black is a classic in the fashion world, it isn’t a ‘sure’ thing on a front door. Some homes look too intimidating with a black door – particularly ones that don’t have enough natural light around them.

  • Benjamin Moore Black 2132-10. Yup, just black – clearly a rocket scientist named it.
  • Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black and Iron Ore are beautiful black choices. Tricorn Black is a bit bolder and striking (but not as strong as Black), whereas Iron Ore is slightly softer.

Black doesn’t always suit homes with river rock or ledgestone detail or front doors that are under heavy shadow

6. Best Front Door Paint Colour – Gray & Charcoal

Gray and charcoal are a hit with homeowners these days and with their varying undertones, suit a HUGE variety of homes.

The best gray, charcoal front door paint colours, exterior. Kylie M Interiors edesign, Sherwin and Benjamin paint colours. Virtual consulting

The above samples are just approximations of paint colours

Aged copper roof, painted white brick exterior, black shutters and benjamin moore gray front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray painted front door with stone and cream vinyl siding. Kylie M E-design

  • I have MAD love for Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray, a slightly warmer, deep charcoal. See how it jibes with the black trim and the river rock feature wall in the above photo.
  • For a softer look, check out Sherwin Williams Dovetail, the slightly lighter version of Gauntlet Gray.
  • You can also check out Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray which is a medium-dark charcoal with a very MINOR green undertone. Kendall Charcoal is also a big hit for a more striking look as it’s kind of like the darker version of Amherst Gray.

I also love the SUPER PASSIVE approach of Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10, shown on this next front door…

Stone exterior around front door with patio and beams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant. DIY Decorating and design. Front door painted Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10

7. Best Front Door Paint Colour – Yellow & Gold

Yellow and gold can look warm and welcoming on a home. Just remember that yellow reflects much more light than most other colours, so when choosing a yellow make sure its intensity suits your home and your personal style (in other words err on the side of caution when choosing ‘intensity’). 

The best yellow gold paint colours for the front door exterior. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consulting services

The above samples are just approximations of paint colours

  • Sherwin Williams Rayo de Sol is a rayo of sunshine!
  • Benjamin Moore Stuart Gold is a rich and stately gold colour. Not too yellow, not too orange – juuuust right!
  • Sherwin Williams Classical Gold, Gambol Gold and Bee are also beautiful, brighter choices.

8. Feeling brave for your front door?

My client Mark was wanting a front door that was a little different from the rest. I threw some beauties at him and he settled on Sherwin Williams Knockout Orange!

Exterior front door, mid century style painted orange with dark brown black trim and painted brick in a cream beige tone. Kylie M Interiors E-design and ONline Colour consulting decorating expert

And while orange won’t suit MOST homes, it was the PERFECT choice for his home and the palette he decided on (see the whole project here).

Exterior siding in blue paint colour, white trim, orange front door, dark gray black roof. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

This last one is just for fun, as I don’t HAVE a violet-inspired front door section yet, but this one was just TOO pretty not to include.

Before, the rusty red wasn’t BAD, it just wasn’t connecting enough with the stone, whereas Sherwin Williams Darkroom hit JUST the spot…

Before and after front door painted red rust to purple. Best paint colour with stone. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting. Sherwin Williams Darkroom


Painting the INSIDE of Your Front Door

The 12 Best Navy Blue Paint Colours for Cabinets, Feature Walls & Front Door

The 7 Best Teal & Navy Blue Paint Colours for Your Front Door

Grand Canal and Cloudburst teal blue front door paint colour ideas

Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR front door?

Let me help with my Online Paint Colour Consulting services! 

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Comments 41

  1. I painted my front door Oxford Gray earlier this year. I was considering that color on my own, and when I saw you included it here under violets, I went for it. I couldn’t be more pleased! I love it against my log cabin logs, which are stained a medium brown with a touch of red.

  2. Hi Kylie,

    Love your blog, style ideas, and sense of humor. Your door color choices are beautiful but I’m confused as to what color to paint an existing storm door. Same or different color than the actual front door?

    1. Good question Shari! I’m usually inclined to do the storm door similar to the trim on the house. Not always, but ‘usually’. It all depends on the layout of the front entryway and the finishes around it (trim/shutters)… 🙂

  3. I’ve noticed in my neighborhood that front doors and shutters are the same color. Is that a necessity? Or should they always at least be in the same family? I just don’t know 🙁

    1. Hi Diane! It TOTALLY depends on the house, but I would say that more often than not, they aren’t the same colour. And yes, they should ALWAYS coordinate with the main house/trim/front door, but don’t need to be the same as any of those necessarily.

  4. We JUST painted the front door of our new house Iron Ore and it looks amazing with our yellow house (SW Banana Cream) with white trim. It makes the door pop!

  5. Which navy is the front door painted in the picture you used? Trying to decide between Naval and Hale Navy. House is a medium to dark gray with white trim.

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  6. Can you suggest a color for a front door for a home with burgundy shutters, besides repeating the burgundy? I am thinking of purchasing this house and I really don’t want to repaint all the shutters, but would like something different.

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  7. When the house is light gray and trim is dark gray ( siding) What color front door will look good dark gray?Or will it be to much gray?

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      Hi Molly! There’s a few other things to consider when picking a front odor, like landscaping, roofing and any stone/brick/etc… Off the top of my head it sounds like too much gray to me, without anything to really set things off. I do have a super affordable Front Door package in my E-design and I can come up with 3 gorgeous options for you!

  8. Great article Kylie! I own a small business specializing in Wrought Iron & Decorative Glass Door Inserts for front doors, and so many clients ask my opinion for a bold new colour! Very insightful, and I love all your choices (I have guided many of my clients to these colours already)

  9. Hello! I specifically love the naval blue color! Just wondering your thoughts… What would you paint the inside side of the front door? The same or a completely different color? I’d love to know! Thanks in advance!

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      Hi Carly! You can do either, but i DO lean toward different colours, because often what is the best accent for an exterior, can shift for an interior! That being said, both the inside and outside of my front door are black 😉


  10. Love your article(s)!
    Advice on new front door color? Our exterior is Malibu Beige with white trim and we’re about to get a white carriage garage door. Looking for something that pops more than our current door and shutters, which is Kelly Moore’s ‘Turtle Bay’? Was thinking Red, Black or Blue…..
    Thanks in advance

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  11. Kylie, we have a light yellow house with white trim, and black shutters. What door color do you suggest? I am leaning toward Benjamin Moore Pumpkin Pie, or perhaps a gray shade. What are your thoughts.

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      Hi Corrie, thank you for asking! I actually have an e-design business just for questions like yours – otherwise, I’m guessing as to what your home REALLY looks like – the type of yellow/roof/landscaping. I do try to give as much complimentary, helpful info on my blog as possible, and if that doesn’t work, it just might be time for me to take a look!

  12. Thanks for the ideas! I’m sending your link on to many who’ve asked me for door colour ideas. Also, you are the most patient person on the planet. I can’t believe all the questions you get for free door colour advice, and you always respond so sweetly! Your services are worth every single penny so keep in doing what you’re doing!

  13. My house is light gray with blue/gray shutters. I currently have a white painted front door that I want to paint . What color do you suggest?

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  14. Hi Kylie,
    Dueling between burgundy and gray and blue front door colors.
    We have a red Chicago brick and white siding. Goal is to present the house for sale and improve curb appeal.
    Interior will be in Gray scale – Benjamin Moore – Coventry Gray and Metropolitan.
    What would you suggest for front door in my case?

  15. My brother wanted to do some home improvements to his tropical house before we moved in for a vacation. I found it very helpful when you mentioned that blue-green/teal colors work well for beach houses because we wanted to renovate the place to make it feel better for vacations. I’ll be sure to bring your article up to my brother when we look for contractors to replace all our doors and windows. Thank you so much!

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      Hi Taylor, it was a while ago but i BELIEVE it was BM Charcoal Slate :). Although it could almost look like BM Cheating Heart in that photo!

  16. Please add dark brown brick to your tutorial. My brick has different shades of taupe mixed in with the dominant dark brown, trim is almond. Is taupe for the door a good choice since the trim is almond?

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  17. The front door of my house has been used for a long time, it is broken, I think I will replace the house with a new door. I’m quite confused about what color to choose to match my house. The exterior of my house is painted white, my wife likes pink very much, she has an opinion on pink, it feels so soft, do you think her idea is suitable for the house?

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      Welllll, it’s less about what the wife likes and MORE about what suits the home! Not every home can handle a pink front door, it call comes down to what best suits any surrounding stone/brick, siding colour, the roof and even the landscaping! Long story short, pink doesn’t USUALLY work :).

      1. Your article really attracted me, I will let my wife refer to your ideas. Thank you for the article, hope you will make more good articles like this in the future.

  18. Hi Kylie! I appreciate your great article for some awesome ideas on exterior front door paint colors!!

    I also wanted to mention that it looks like you’ve got a broken link at the bottom of this article. The link titled “How to Paint Your Front Door and WHY you should!” is broken, so the page at the linked URL is moved or missing:

    Would love to hear what you said in that one!!

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