The Best Front Door Paint Colors For White Houses, According to Designers
Are you planning to revamp your home's curb appeal this season? A freshly painted front door can make all the difference. For those with white painted brick, stucco, or siding exteriors, the choices are endless. Is it best to make a bold statement or stick with classic shades of navy, blue, or forest green? Perhaps a muted neutral can add a subtle contrast. Unfortunately, when it comes to painting, there are no rules. This is what makes it great fun, but also a daunting task, too. Color is highly subjective, and preferences depend greatly on your personality, project goals, and the architecture of your home. Thankfully, seasoned advice from a professional can help with narrowing down your options.
Does a contrasting door top your list? Shades of deep green are a go-to for designer Gray Walker of Gray Walker Interiors. "Farrow and Ball's Studio Green adds depth and detail to an exterior," she says. "I like front doors to be lacquered to create a certain sparkle that welcomes you in." For Birmingham's Dana Wolter of Dana Wolter Interiors, a glossy black finish is a reliably elegant choice. "An all-white house with a beautiful, high-gloss black door is a timeless look that feels sophisticated and gracious," she says. "Benjamin Moore's Black, is a wonderful go-to for this type of application."
Whether you're looking for a color that is bold, subdued, or timeless, read on for a selection of designer-recommended shades and selection advice you can trust.
Benjamin Moore, Almost Black
Florida-based interior designer Andrew Howard chose a nostalgic shade for the front door of his own home — Benjamin Moore's Almost Black. "I love black and white as a crisp combination," he says. "It reminds me of visiting Martha's Vineyard as a kid." Rather than a true black, Howard selected a dark shade of battleship grey. "It has hints of navy and grey from the street. While there is contrast, it is not so harsh, and I think the eyes take in the contrast very nicely."
Farrow & Ball, Stony Ground
Ashley Gilbreath of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design paired tonal shades from Farrow & Ball to transform her client's exterior. Stony Ground was used on the door alongside an archived shade, Clunch, for the brick. "When selecting paint colors, you always have to consider the whole package," she says. "A neutral color palette is a great choice when there are other elements at play. This home was in a beautiful verdant setting and the home itself had great texture from the roof and brick, not to mention a lot of architectural detail."
Farrow & Ball, Light Blue
For homes with white exteriors, Austin Interior Designer Claire Zinnecker of Claire Zinnecker Design turns to an atmospheric shade for the front door. "I love Farrow & Ball's Light Blue," she says. "It is the perfect silvery blue, just like an agave. It can read both warm and cool depending on what white it's paired with. [It] feels timeless and unique."
Try A Soft, Customized Shade
Morgan Farrow of Morgan Farrow Interiors designed a custom color for her client's front door and windows. "When recommending front door paint colors for homes with white exteriors, I often go by the mantra that less is more," she says. "With this muted soft shade of gray, we were able to create a sophisticated yet, chic look that was the perfect match for this exterior."
Farrow & Ball, Railings
Benjamin Moore, Cape May Cobblestone
Benjamin Moore, Odessa Pink
Designer Shannon Eddings of Shannon Eddings Interiors turned to Odessa Pink for the front door of her mid-century home in Austin, Texas. "When selecting this color for my personal home I went with something that was a bit more, well — personal," she says. "We were striving for a warm pink that mimics the Texas sunsets that we often see on road trips through West Texas to Colorado. This pink has that perfect amount of warmth while still being obviously pink. And a bonus: The color shares a name with the same town that my husband is from."
Benjamin Moore, Woodlawn Blue
Nashville's Brooke Riebeling of Brooke Riebeling Interiors trusts Benjamin Moore's Woodlawn Blue for a soothing statement shade. "Woodlawn Blue is one of my go-to colors for a front door or shutters with a white house," she says. "It's a nice subtle change from the traditional black or dark green, but still creates a beautiful contrast against a crisp white. This particular blue has green and gray undertones, which keep it from looking too baby blue or too beachy. It's sophisticated and refreshing."
Sherwin Williams, Tricorn Black
"When selecting the front door paint color for a home with a white exterior, think contrast," says Dallas Designer Tracy Hardenburg of Tracy Hardenburg Designs. "The front door is your chance to make that lasting first impression, and this bold black by Sherwin Williams, didn't disappoint."
Nashville Designer Roger Higgins, agrees. "Tricorn Black will stand the test of time and works for any style of home," he says. His other favorites? "Sherwin Williams' Porpoise is a slightly less dramatic grey tone that feels subtle and welcoming. And for warmer white exteriors, we like Sherwin Williams Gray Area," he says.