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7 Fabulous Front Doors and Why They Work

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Photo by Aimee Herring

Photo by Aimee Herring

Sunny Disposition

This lemon-yellow hue just oozes happiness, but the contrasting black hardware and accessories keep things from getting too sweet. Potted plants are a great way to perk up your stoop, but either go big or go for multiples to keep them from looking bitty.

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Modern Whimsy

Airy windowpanes let light flood in and give off a sense of welcoming openness. The retro-cool green door, sculptural pots and plants, and striped mat tell visitors this home is fun and kid-friendly but still design conscious.

Photo by Francesco Lagnese/GMAimages

Photo by Francesco Lagnese/GMAimages

Tradition Reinvented

A bold yet classic color—Benjamin Moore’s Heritage Red, to be exact—in a high-gloss finish took this home’s Victorian-era door from staid to stunning. The gilt stencil detail on the glass completes the look.

Photo by Norman Pogson/Alamy

Photo by Norman Pogson/Alamy

Coastal Charm

A front door can be a lovely way to pay homage to the home’s locale. Here an inlaid chevron panel detail, duck’s-egg blue color, and ship-lantern sconces all lend a seaside New England feel.

Photo by Nicole LaMotte

Photo by Nicole LaMotte

Purely Ornamental

Proving that there are endless ways to stave off dull-door syndrome, this front door gets a dose of personality in the form of flanking nonfunctioning shutter panels, a large-scale lantern, and a playful pooch.

Photo by Peter Zoeller/Design Pics/Getty

Photo by Peter Zoeller/Design Pics/Getty

Hip Historian

Lush, gorgeous greenery can increase the curb appeal of any home, but that doesn’t mean your front door has to play second fiddle. There’s something about plum that makes it feel whimsical and daring but historical and classic at the same time.

Photo by Peden+Munk

Photo by Peden+Munk

Focused Energy

This door is definitive proof that sometimes you’re just a can of paint away from a stop-and-gawk front door. A high-impact hue can sometimes be a cause for restraint in other areas. Case in point: this door’s industrial lights and simple yet stylized house numbers.

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33 Responses to “7 Fabulous Front Doors and Why They Work”

  1. I have a robin’s egg blue door and a dark red storm door that I know the neighbors think is too different but I really like it. So there. I LOVE robin’s egg blue, or like your Coastal Charm, above.

  2. Pattydee49 says:

    I love them!

  3. Hardy-Har-Har says:

    Oh I LOVE that purple door!

  4. Ginger Burleigh Willett says:

    Love the black door and love the DOG!! Gotta have both!

  5. Linda Baudoin says:

    Red is my personal favorite…. Love your door Georgeanne Ingram.

  6. Tina capielano says:

    Do my shutters have to match the color of my front door

  7. Holly Brook Cotton says:

    Is the Purely Ornamental door with the dog painted navy or black? Can you tell me the brand/paint color?

    • leviz4 says:

      Did anyone ever answer this question? It’s weird to have an article on front door color and then give the color of every door except one.

      • Holly Brook Cotton says:

        No didn’t hear anything…looking at it again, I think it is a dark navy? Our house siding is a cream/light yellow-25 years old but we can’t afford new siding-so I am stuck with that. Current shutters and door are a rusty red and def want to change them. I am thinking a dark navy or a black and if navy maybe a a little aquaish door and if black maybe a bright royal blue? We just got a new roof which is black and also thinking of grey treck/azek decking on porch. What do you think? I am not very good at this stuff! We also have a pretty conservative homeowners association and everything has to get approved.

        • leviz4 says:

          Well this door color is definitely a combination of a blackish/blue. Your siding can be pressure washed easily to make it look sparkly clean. If you went that dark with the shutters it may be to much contrast. Let me ask you something, do you have a lot of shutters? Would you say that the roof is straight up black or is it more charcoal/greyish? How warm would you say the color of your siding is? And what colors do you always find yourself drawn to.

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    • lyone says:

      Looks black to me… the spots on the dog.

  8. Nancy Nurse says:

    If you make your house TOO attractive, it invites break ins, because it stands out.

  9. edna says:

    my husband and I couldn’t agree on a color…he wanted green, I wanted blue so I suggested we go in between the two. We now have a beautiful door in Tropical sea Aqua and white…

  10. edna says:

    Me telling you I loved it didn’t show! I think it’s beautiful!

  11. mary says:

    quite enjoyable to envision what can be done when one is able to ‘color’ outside the box. My sort of coloring

  12. Lelabelle says:

    The red door….is that a mail slot way down low near the ground? If so, why so low?

  13. DakotaErikson says:

    My front door was purple for 20 years. Now it is Tiffany-box blue.

  14. Gina Brewton says:

    That red door is particularly spectacular and eye catching. The color is striking and every person who passes by would definitely pause in their steps to have a look at the door. I am renovating my house and the doors are being replaced. I have finalized Landmark Home Solutions for buying the doors and windows. We are planning to have a front door that would create and impression on the people like the red door in your blog. Thanks for sharing this!

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