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Personalize Your Front Door With Paint Colors

Ready for more interesting hues than hunter green, colonial red, and basic black? Our color expert offers 17 energizing front door paint color ideas to refresh your entrance

Color Your Home Welcoming

It's the first thing people see and the last one on many homeowners' to-choose list: the color of the front door. But if classic green, red, and black have long been the defaults, that's beginning to change. "People are starting to branch out," says Amy Wax, an architectural color consultant in Montclair, New Jersey. "They realize the color of the front door introduces the world to the people inside, and it can be unexpected and playful." Before you dash off for a quart of neon green, however, Wax recommends stepping back and taking note of the style of the door, along with the trim and siding that frame it. Adding a stately shade can make a simple cottage-style door look more sophisticated, she points out, while a casual, bright hue can make a formal facade friendlier and more whimsical. Follow along as Wax offers 17 fresh, inviting options.

Neutral Siding: Robin's Egg Blue

Photo by Norman Pogson/Alamy

Think of the facade as a blank canvas and an invitation to let personal taste prevail. Keep in mind, too, that a door that incorporates a lot of glass can keep an intense shade from being overwhelming.

Behr's Cool Jazz

Neutral Siding: Sassy Green

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Valspar's Sassy Green

Neutral Siding: Raspberry

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Benjamin Moore's Raspberry Glaze

Neutral Siding: Yellow

Photo by Tria Giovan

Pratt & Lambert's Empire Yellow

Neutral Siding: Bright Orange

Photo by Peter Murdock

This playful citrus shade lightens up somber shingles.

Sherwin-Williams's Navel

Neutral Siding: Reddish Brown

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Hints of red connect to the brick stoop, and the color is fresher than the usual formal-door black.

C2 Paint's Gingersnap

Neutral Siding: Burgundy Wine

Photo by Lynn Karlin

This elegant red gives a simple cottage door with spirited green trim a sophisticated makeover.

Sherwin-Williams's Stolen Kiss

Neutral Siding: Cool Blue

Photo by Eric Roth

This Caribbean hue is a real standout on a neutral facade.

Sherwin-Williams's Candid Blue

Neutral Siding: Clean Green

Photo by Eric Roth

A contemporary midtone green is strong enough to stand up to a classical portico.

Sherwin-Williams's Pickle

Neutral Siding: Honey Yellow

Photo by Dominique Vorillon

This autumnal shade goes well with siding the color of fallen leaves.

Benjamin Moore's Golden Honey

Colorful Siding: Seafoam Green

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Don't let the door and siding compete: Go for balance by deciding which one gets the biggest punch of color.

This soft shade doesn't steal the show from the color-drenched siding.

Benjamin Moore's Country Green

Colorful Siding: Pale Yellow

Photo by Norman Pogson/Alamy

This lemony pastel holds its own amid a field of bright blue.

Farrow & Ball's Dayroom Yellow

Colorful Siding: Pinky Red

Photo by Nikreates/Alamy

Deep red doesn't compete with teal siding and paler red shutters.

Sherwin-Williams's Show Stopper

Colorful Siding: Deep Green

Photo by Eric Roth

Rich blue-green anchors the faded red siding.

Sherwin-Williams's Roycroft Bottle Green

Brick and Stone: Loden Green

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When siding presents an already complex field of color, best to pick up a hue that's already there.

This color draws the eye to the door while its yellow under-tones echo the pale brick.

Benjamin Moore's Great Barrington Green

Brick and Stone: Orange Zest

Photo by Casey Dunn

This lively shade reinforces burnt-orange tints in the stone facade.

Sherwin-Williams's Osage Orange

Brick and Stone: Deep Eggplant

An elegant blend of red, blue, and brown, this color helps unite the patchwork brick.

Farrow & Ball's Brindjal