How to Choose a Front Door Color and Style
When it comes to curb appeal, your front door is more important than you may think.
Yes, your door will functionally lead you inside and guide you outside. But its color, style, shape, and craftsmanship will play a huge role in creating a welcome entrance.
When building a custom home, you can have practically any front door style you like. So, how to choose? Let’s talk about some considerations.
1. Choosing a Front Door Color
May of our clients choose a neutral color for their front door—white, brown, gray, stained wood, or black—letting the siding color shine. This approach works with a range of siding colors and materials—from light to dark to bright. Even with stone accents and other touches, a neutral door feels clean and current.
There are two possible ways to start this process:
Yes, you can match the front door with an existing element. For example, black window frames look amazing with a black front door.
Or—you can contrast your door color against the other elements on the home. Your door color selection is an opportunity to bring in a new color or material and create visual balance or more depth.
Start with Research
Walk or drive around the neighborhood and take note of the other homes’ color palettes. You may notice some element—tones, accent colors, etc.—that will inspire a general direction.
Look at Existing or Already-Selected Colors
You can always use minor colors in the home’s color scheme as inspiration. For example, if the house is blue and white, but there are hints of red, paint the door red to pull those colors together. If you’re using stone accents, you may choose to pull in brown, beige, grey, blue, or other colors from within the stone.
You can also match the garage door paint color.
Be careful about picking an interior wall color as the front door color. Sunlight hits the interior walls differently than it does outside, so you’ll want to view your paint samples in natural light and various times of day.
2. Selecting a Shape and Style
We love a mix of solid material with clear glass. Integrating glass panes brings natural light into the home and allows the homeowner to see who is knocking.
Using glass windows as vertical door bookends will expand the doorway width and transform the door into a focal point.
Look at the architectural style of your home when choosing a shape—which can lean more traditional, craftsman, or contemporary.
The craftsman door is rising in popularity because of its decorative detail and Shaker-inspired style. A craftsman door includes sidelight glass windows along with a windowpane at the top third of the door. Some craftsman doors contain transom windows and stained-glass inspired sidelights too.
The arched doorway is a curved version of craftsman or traditional doors. It’s a design choice that injects some instant detail and charm.
Up close or far away, your front door’s style and color matters. A door is both a focal point in curb appeal and a conversation piece. The correct door color and style is warm, inviting, and striking.
Give us a call and let’s talk further about how Premier can build your dream home.
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