30 Astonishingly Gorgeous Front Door Paint Colors



In honor of Mother’s Day, I have a very special post that some of you have been wanting me to write for quite some time.


It’s about the best front door paint colors


Yes, yes… Calm down. ;]

You may recall that we discussed some beautiful exterior paint colors in this post from last year. And we also just talked about these fantastic exterior home makeovers.

So, let’s jump in to discuss what I think are the best exterior door colors or at least some of my favorites. And I’m going to begin with a color that you don’t see a lot of in a front door.


Highland Homes, Scheffy Construction - SW pure white, shutters SW sea salt-classic home with tall windows shutters and white front door-best front door paint colors


For some reason, this image did not want to download, but I finally got it to work. It is a new home in New Orleans built by Scheffy Construction. I found them on instagram.

It was also brought to my attention that the developer is Highland Homes. There are lots of gorgeous images of their homes in suburban New Orleans.

I read that the house and door color is Sherwin Williams Pure White and the shutters are Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

Can I have the house, please? I wouldn’t change a thing.

This is another gorgeous home by Scheffy construction. It looks like there are three front doors. Love the pale colors and the transoms over the doors.

Image from Jefferson Door on instagram. A pale whisper of a color on the front door. Looks great with the brick.

This isn’t a door obviously, but I adore this porch and windows by Jefferson Door.

Photo by Vintage Owl Photography on instagram. Fabulous old home in the UK with a chalky white front door paint color.

I adore these white and very pale front doors!

Bill Ingram Home - gray shingle with gray door - photo by Simon Watson - Best Front Door ColorsBill Ingram’s fabulous cottage. They are saying that the door color is Copley Gray and I suppose it’s possible since the sun is so bright, but Copley Gray is much darker than this. (see below). But anyway, this tone on tone is so lovely.

Benjamin Moore Copley Gray HC-104


A pale whisper of color also looks wonderful on this back door in a home we visited last fall in England. This one designed by Ben Pentreath.


A Black door is an enduring classic and definitely one of the best front door paint colors.


Architect Tim Barber’s wonderful home painted in Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. That is one of the Laurel Home Paint Collection 12 shades of white paint.

Via Kelleyanne03 on instagram

A classic beauty with a shiny classic black door in Charleston, SC.

Fine Paints of Europe makes a rich, black, glossy paint that’s gorgeous on exterior doors.


beautiful black door taken by rjacksonbonn on instagram. Love the leaded glass sidelights - best front door paint colorsAnother beautiful black door taken by rjacksonbonn on instagram.

Love the leaded glass sidelights.

By the way, typically the sidelights (narrow windows flanking the door) are not painted the same color as the door.
But if the door is mostly glass then it makes sense to paint them the same.



That’s another very popular color and for good reason. It just wakes everything up like when I put on red lipstick. Same thing.

Lover of Light 78 on instagram

The classic red door on a white house with black shutters. This one could very well be a wonderful red by Benjamin Moore, Heritage Red. This is another beauty in Charleston, SC

This is one of my favorite door styles. I don’t know if it has a name but it reminds me of the door by Metrie from their Then and Now Collection. You can see examples of this by clicking here.


PJHavel on instagram (fabulous account I recommend following)

Another classic center hall colonial in Maine, but this time with dark green shutters that look to be Benjamin Moore Essex Green, a very dark, almost black-green. But outside, it’s obviously green. Amazing colors with the orange trees!

Dominic West Home via Lonny Photo by James Merrell

Love this red-orange door that looks a lot like Racing Orange red. Another fabulous color in the Laurel Home Curated Collection of 144 beautiful Benjamin Moore colors.

Another PJ Havel image. Love his photos!


Jackie Greaney on instagram who I featured last December in this post. This incredible image was taken in Newport, Rhode Island.


Via PJ Havel on instagram. Great image of a charming home and wonderful colors!

One last PJ Havel image. Fabulous colors, once again! And this time and orange-y stained wood door!


Via Southendboston on instagram. Love the colors, wrought iron and bit of quirk - Best front door paint colors

Southendboston on instagram

I thought that this one was interesting because the color scheme is very close to the one above it, but in different places, of course. Love all of the details too, but I’m curious why one window frame is black and one is white.


thebirch_boys London - orange door amid old dirty bricks - best front door paint colors.jpg

The Birch Boys on instagram

I think that this bright Marigold orange-yellow is quite interesting with the old soot-laden brick.


via House with the Yellow Door on instagram. Best Front Door Paint Colors

House with the Yellow Door on instagram

Wonder how she came up with that name. haha.

Yellow doors are one that I don’t think I would ever do, but always makes me feel good when I see one. And actually, I DO have a yellow living room and also we discussed yellow here and it really is an awesome color!


Another yellow stunner taken by Loi Thai of Tone on Tone but he’s become HUGE on instagram too.


And if you want a color that goes with everything, then some shade of green should work for most house colors.

Green Front Door Via Southern Living Best Exterior Paint Colors - Green Front Door

Southern Living


via Chezballiet on instagram-photograph-Ana Lui Photography-green-best front-door-color-

via Chezballiet on instagram-photograph-Ana Lui Photography

Beautiful family home in Cali with a green door as cool as the succulents outside it.


Jillian Attaway on instagram - beautiful turquoise door Charleston - best front door colors

Jillian Attaway on instagram – beautiful turquoise door and again in Charleston
I love the pale house with pale shutters. You rarely see that around here. Make that never.



Please click to see this image on Willow Homes

Elegant cream home with a door and sidelights painted Benjamin Moore Yorktown Green hc-133

Here’s an instance that I was referring to earlier where I think it’s appropriate for the sidelights to be painted the same as the glass front door.


Farrow and Ball

Here they painted everything that’s wood, one color which is Farrow and Ball Green Smoke.


Charleston Historic District via designedforgrace on instagram - dark charcoal gray best front door colors

Another beauty from the Charleston, SC historic district – via Designed For Grace on instagram


Alexandrab13 on instagram - beautiful rich blue front door paint color in London

Alexandrab13 on instagram – beautiful rich blue front door paint color in London


Erin Kestenbaum on instagram Siffkey Blue front door best front door colors

Erin Kestenbaum on instagram

I’m often asked about the interior side of the front door. Can you bring the outside color in? Yes! You can, but you don’t have to. It depends what else is going on.


But the important thing which I probably should’ve said about 28 images ago is that the outside color MUST relate to the inside color(s).


Another Loi Thai beauty while he was on holiday. Love the vivid blue door. It reminds me of Farrow and Ball’s St. Giles Blue

Kelly In the City

This has to be the most photographed door and house in all of Charleston. Maybe anywhere! And for good reason, it’s an unbeatable combo of classic Georgian styling and proportions and the most lovely warm pink verging on coral in some images.

It reminds me of Salmon Peach which is one of the Benjamin Moore colors in my curated collection I’ve been mentioning ad nauseam.


Thomas Mach Interiors on instagram

This is pretty pink and that means that it must be London.

Well, that was a bit of a marathon. But they’re all so beautiful, it was difficult to cut any of them out.


Would someone please bring me breakfast in bed at about 10:00 AM tomorrow? I don’t like eggs, but anything else is fine and a LOT of good hot coffee, but no Starbucks please.


***OH! News! I have to tell you that I am going to be interviewed on an instagram live this Monday the 14th at noon – Eastern time. It is at Laurie Laizure’s Interior Design Community. I am the second one to be interviewed. Last week it was the beautiful and talented Natalie Redell.

So, if you’re interested, I am going to be interviewed by Mark McDonough of Tastefully Inspired who is a helluva nice guy. We’re going to discuss BLOGGING and how I got from point zero to where I am now.

Head crashing into my keyboard. haha But no, it’s more about anyone who’s interested in learning how to get more out of your website.

You can find the instagram live Monday at noon, here.




PS: Don’t forget to check out the hot sales. There are some wonderful ones going on this Mother’s Day weekend, plus, I’ve featured lots of fab items, all on sale.

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  • Danae - May 17, 2018 - 11:40 PM

    Happy Mother’s Day Laurel! And speaking of coffee, this Texas mom’s
    son is in NYC working for BIRCH coffee, so I’ll see what I can do for you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lorri - May 15, 2018 - 5:27 AM

    My mother just painted her exterior gray with soft white trim and a teal front door. The house number is in teal also. It looks sharp.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh - May 13, 2018 - 10:51 PM

    Great post! Love the sidelight info. If you have any opinions on screen/glass doors I would love to hear them! I saw the Loi Thai yellow door had a matching yellow glass door on the front. Our door is stained and then has a white screen door in front of it which ruins everything! 😛ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 11:15 PM

      Hi Ashleigh,

      Yes, the screen/storm door should match the door behind it. You can get screen doors that are wood. We had two back doors in our town house and got two screen doors that were painted to match the doors which were mostly glass. I loved them!ReplyCancel

  • Tess - May 13, 2018 - 10:48 PM

    Happy Mother’s Day, Laurel! I have appreciated and benefited so much from your posts in the two years since we bought this big quirky house! Now I am thinking maybe a painted instead of natural wood door. You always open my mind. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 11:11 PM

      Hi Tess,

      My mind has also been opened a lot. Posts like this one require hours of research and I always learn new things.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie Vrettos - May 13, 2018 - 9:37 PM

    Hi Laurel,

    Happy Mother’s Day. Nice to hear that you had a lovely long visit with your son and are enjoying your new wallpaper. I am excited to see the reveal.

    Thanks for sharing some pretty doors today. No purple doors? Mine is BM Purpleicious which I adore.

    As a realtor, specializing in new home construction. we have found that when we paint the doors in a community all different bright colors the houses tend to sell more quickly.

    We recently painted one door SW Lime Rickey. The house is a dark blue-grey with white shutters. Well, the buyer told me that she decided to buy the house before she ever came in because of the door color!

    Thanks for all your wonderful posts!


  • Libby - May 13, 2018 - 7:39 PM

    Happy Mother’s Day, Laurel. Today remember that you were always there for your sons and advocating for them! Just to remind you of what you have shared with us in passing.

    The black window/off white trim and white window/trim belong to separate residences. The door belongs to the “white window” home.

    The pale look for doors and shutters may become more popular in the Northeast because of widespread interest in trends and ‘hot’ looks. It certainly would set a home apart.

    But, many flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, container plants do not flourish for many months in zone 5, for ex.Grass only gets green and lush in May. And spring is brief. Leaves on trees will completely unfurl in a day or two and it is almost mid-May. Most of the time everything is white, white or mud. Out in streets – snirt (Laurel-speak). That’s why I have a bright door.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 8:58 PM

      Thank you Libby. You’re incredibly kind. I had a long talk with my older son today. He’s turned into the most lovely young man. I’m very proud of him!

      Our leaves popped out last week!


  • Mary - May 13, 2018 - 6:03 PM

    First, Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you had a chance to relax.
    I love seeing colorful front doors. I live in a townhouse & our HOA doesn’t allow us to paint our doors anything other than white. It makes me sad.
    I’m curious as to why some folks say they enjoy seeing a colorful door but they could never do it. What about it scares them?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 8:42 PM

      Hi Mary,

      I’ve never lived anywhere where I was allowed to paint my front door either.

      I find that most people are afraid of a lot of things– being judged, ridiculed, failing…

      But, a caged man will never learn how to fly.

      Most of us build cages for ourselves of some kind or another. And then again, some should build a cage for themselves. haha.

      I’ve been resting, the entire day and enjoying my new wallpaper! ;]ReplyCancel

      • Dolores - May 16, 2018 - 11:01 AM

        Hi Laurel! I loved your comment because it’s absolutely true and I should remember those wise words and apply them to my own life: “..a caged man will never learn how to fly.
        Most of us build cages for ourselves of some kind or another. And then again, some should build a cage for themselves”

        Hope you had a wonderful and happy Mother’s day..ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - May 16, 2018 - 1:05 PM

          Thank you so much Dolores! xoxo

  • Andrea - May 13, 2018 - 4:01 PM

    Thank you for a very helpful and interesting post. I have had a black front door forever, and was wanting to make a change, but now I think I’ll stick with what works.
    Happy Mother’s Day, Laurel. We all love and appreciate you.ReplyCancel

  • Pam - May 13, 2018 - 2:22 PM

    I painted my front door yellow in my last house (grey with black shutters.) It made me smile – and everyone coming to visit could always find my house.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 2:39 PM

      Hi Pam,

      Now, that’s the best reason of all to paint one’s front door a distinctive color!ReplyCancel

  • Fenella - May 13, 2018 - 1:57 PM
    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 2:38 PM

      Hi Fenella,

      Thanks for that. I have one of those images in the post which I got from their instagram. I cloaked the link to make it look a little nicer. :]ReplyCancel

  • Rose - May 13, 2018 - 1:28 PM

    Thank you for this post as I have a never-ending interested in doors of all kinds and in all places.
    In my neighborhood where nothing changes very much and which for years had no new builds, I am seeing new orange exterior doors. Its fun to spot them in a “Where’s Waldo” sort of way.
    Exteriors are for sharing which is good to think about on Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to you and thank you again for this gift.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Markham - May 13, 2018 - 12:29 PM

    Another wonderful blog of great ideas and photos!
    Small thing, please Laurel – people from California never say Cali.
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannine - May 13, 2018 - 12:15 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    I appreciate your comment concerning the front door needing to relate to the inside color. It would seem obvious but it’s not for someone like me.
    Are there any considerations for side doors or back doors when choosing color?
    Thanks for your blog I have learned so much and look forward to it each week.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 12:50 PM

      That’s a good question Jeannine. I think it depends on a lot of factors, but in most homes, they get painted the same as the trim. But, there’s no hard and fast rule.ReplyCancel

  • Fenella - May 13, 2018 - 11:25 AM

    Farrow & Ball recently did A Thing on front doors – painted their own colours, of course – and there were quite a few pink ones. Delightful! Not sure I’d want it on my own doors, but pinks do look lovely on other people’s doors. Happy Mother’s Day, by the way, Laurel!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 12:48 PM

      Hi Fenella,

      Yes, I often feel the same way about things. I like looking at it, but wouldn’t do it. I did look for something about Farrow and Ball and front doors, but couldn’t find it. I love their colors!ReplyCancel

  • Julie S - May 13, 2018 - 11:08 AM

    I love you, Laurel – happy Mother’s Day!
    Great front door color choices – I have seen lots of wild door color posts but they do seem to work better on modern places. These are exciting yet classic. As you said, it MUST relate to what’s inside. We had a rich red door on our last place which looked great with the exterior and the landscaping, but there was almost no red inside the house. This house is light gray and I am painting the door green, both to add greenness to our Mediterranean-dry landscape and because it is one of my main decor colors. I have really strived for a cohesive, related look throughout the home this time.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 12:46 PM

      Hi Julie,

      I think that green doors are so lovely whether there’s greenery outside or not. Green and pale gray sounds gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - May 13, 2018 - 10:42 AM

    Lovely treat today, thank you Laurel ! Your point is so important, and something for home owners like me who know so little to keep in mind, that it’s not just about the one color, but about how everything works together with the architecture ! Charming marigold orange door (in that context), it’s such a sunny color 🙂 Love all the blue doors and the pink too. But as usual I’m always drawn to shades of green and you have some real beauties here. That reminds me….my front door needs painting !!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 12:45 PM

      Hi Maggie,

      I love the green doors too. But, in truth, it would be a very tough decision. ReplyCancel

  • Red Ellie - May 13, 2018 - 10:08 AM

    (As I scrolled thru Southendboston pix on IG (thanks to you…) realized many houses are right next to the next-Row houses? . So thinking one person’s door or window choices may not be anything to do with their neighbors… yet it all works!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 10:35 AM

      Hi Ellie,

      I thought about that as I noticed that one window is black and one is white. From the image it looks like it’s the same house, but maybe not.ReplyCancel

      • Julie - May 14, 2018 - 11:51 AM

        The window boxes definitely do not belong to the same person! No one would neglect one and plant the other so nicely!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - May 13, 2018 - 10:03 AM

    As always, such an interesting and helpful post. We moved from Charleston, SC almost 2 years ago and loved walking around downtown and looking at the houses and gardens. Our door and shutters were a Benjamin Moore dark black-green, which people there call “Charleston green,” even though BM calls it something else.

    Here in our new (96 years old) house in a new city, I’m trying to decide on a paint color for the front doors, which have lots of glass so the color will be an accent. House is a pale brown stucco (previous owners were into the faux Tuscan look popular in the early 1990s). I’m planning to find a shade of green because I love it and green and brown are everywhere in nature. Now to convince my husband!

    Thanks so much, Laurel! You’ve definitely given me inspiration and new determination to make a change.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 10:32 AM

      Hi Charlotte,

      Glad that you found inspiration!

      Yes, Benjamin Moore calls that very dark green, Essex Green. It usually looks brighter outside than it does on the chip.ReplyCancel

  • Susanmcq6 - May 13, 2018 - 9:27 AM

    Thank you for the helpful tip on painting your sidelights if your front door is mostly glass.ReplyCancel

  • sharon - May 13, 2018 - 7:13 AM

    Love the white houses with the pale seafoam shutters. I adore that cottage style. I must admit our house is vinyl sided. It requires a 40 foot ladder to paint the walkout basement side and we’re just too old to be muscling a 40 foot ladder around. It’s yellow with white trim, an open farmers porch with a Haint blue ceiling, white gingerbread and dark green shutters. The door is a midtone coral. I almost stayed with white since the coral isn’t doing it for me but wanted a splash of color. I might try burgundy or change the shutter colors to a more olive green which would give the house a softer look. Exterior is every bit as tough as interior it seems.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 9:57 AM

      Hi Sharon,

      It’s true, the exterior is indeed a challenge, as well. And landscaping is such an important aspect. It’s exactly like hair and make-up. ;]ReplyCancel

  • pat - May 13, 2018 - 5:49 AM

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too Laurel! Will tune in to Instagram tomorrow.

    Thank you for another great Sunday post!


    ps. I don’t do eggs or Starbucks either!!ReplyCancel

  • Parnassus - May 13, 2018 - 4:14 AM

    Hello Laurel, I like the white and green doors best (also wood-grain, except for those tacky varnished fake-Victorian/Art Nouveau ones). The problem with the more vivid colors is that once you are not the only house in the city with a bright yellow (or whatever) door, they become pretty cliche. Also, while it might be amusing to visit a tropical city and see houses with rainbow-colored doors, I don’t think that I would like to live in such an area, especially in a more temperate climate.

  • Janice - May 13, 2018 - 3:13 AM

    Laurel, thank you for this article, really enjoyed seeing all the different door colors and houses. I love the pink doors, never in ten million years would I have ever thought pink would be a great choice for a front entrance but in the examples you showed here — looks fabulous! Always enjoy your articles, I really look forward to them. Happy Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 9:50 AM

      Hi Janice,

      Something that was not said but is always implied in everything having to do with color in my posts is that it’s not really the color so much, it’s everything else and how it works with that color. But, the most important part is the architecture. Food for thought.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Sunderlin - May 13, 2018 - 3:10 AM

    Hi Laurel, great topic!!

    Any idea what paint/paint color that is on the Marigold yellow door? Also, the other yellow door?

    Thanks, lauraReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 13, 2018 - 9:45 AM

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks but sorry, no, I do not have that information.ReplyCancel