Why paint your front door black or white when you can make your house the most memorable one of the block with something a little more interesting? Go sunny with a cheery yellow, demure with a dove gray, or bold with a true red. After all, your front door is your home's first impression. Make it a good one.
Gary McBournie turned to nature to inspire the color of his front door in Nantucket: "When I did this house thirty miles out at sea, it seemed only natural to include a blue or two in the palette. And, when used against drifts of blooming hydrangea, the effect is magical!”
Make it yours: New York State of Mind 805, Benjamin Moore
A black door helps modernize the whitewashed brick exterior of a California Cape Cod designed by Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas.
Make it yours: Off Black No. 57, Farrow & Ball
Kristen Panitch used designer favorite Dove Wing, an off-white with a touch of gray, for the front door of her 1950s Arts and Crafts-style house in Los Angeles.
Make it yours: Dove Wing OC-18, Benjamin Moore
Bill Ingram's choice for a client's San Antonio home comes with a backstory: "The wife is known for her affection for color, particularly her signature coral, and she asked if we could use it somewhere on the house's exterior. When I said let's do the front door coral and paint the shutters a complementary blue, her eyes lit up!"
Make it yours: Salmon Soufflé 5-11, Pratt & Lambert
For their Millbrook, New York country house, Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder used a punchy shade of red that pops against bright white.
Make it yours: Umbria Red 1316, Benjamin Moore
Designer Lindsay Reid's Mediterranean-inspired Los Angeles bungalow welcomes visitors with a muted green door.
Make it yours: Devonshire Green 1489, Benjamin Moore
"This chartreuse color provides a contemporary counterpoint to this 1940s natural cedar shake cottage in Michiana shores," says designer Steve Kadlec.
Make it yours: Yellowcake No. 279, Farrow & Ball
A purple front door adds curb appeal to this house by Fergus Garber Young Architects.
Make it yours: Eggplant 1379, Benjamin Moore
"We felt that this vibrant green was a welcoming hue that created a pleasant contrast to our classic white New England shingled cottage," say Alison and Michael Brewer of Gray Wade Design & Development. "Not to mention it's a bright spot when the Maine fog rolls in!"
Make it yours: Card Room Green No. 79, Farrow & Ball
"This Hermès orange door was a great way to contrast the muted colors of the house and the fresh green landscape," says Tiffany Denny of Marc-Michaels Interior Design
Make it yours: Island Orange 2010-2, Valspar
Lindsey Lane designed this Florida bungalow with "a fresh take on clean-lined tropical" in mind.
Make it yours: Newburyport Blue HC-155, Benjamin Moore
John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage aren't afraid of color, as evidenced by the front door of their Catskills home, a converted schoolhouse. "People find color and pattern to be scary, but we like to show how you can have fun with it," says Nixon.
Make it yours: Citron No. 74, Farrow & Ball
A rich blue with purple undertones puts a new spin on this traditional exterior designed by Christine Markatos Lowe.
Make it yours: Stunning 826, Benjamin Moore
For a country estate in Greenwich, Jamie Drake went with an out-of-the-box shade of bright plum.
Make it yours: Plum Royale 2070-20, Benjamin Moore
A fiery red ensures visitors won't miss the front door of Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley's ivy-covered Philadelphia home.
Make it yours: Tile Red, Muralo Quik-Tred