Designer Nate Berkus suggests a contemporary, cool-gray color for the front door. Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath has a hint of magenta, so in West-facing spaces, it can transform into a soft lilac color. “I'm painting trim, doors, and cabinetry in shades of putty,” he says. “It looks fresh and timeless at the same time, especially when paired with white walls and trim.”
Another favorite of Morris’s is Benjamin Moore’s Southern Belle (819). “This beautiful blue is a welcomed complement to any ‘cottage style’ house with white siding. It has a strength that can balance the starkness of the white, while providing a needed freshness.“
Tobi Fairley, of Tobi Fairley Interior Design in Little Rock, Arkansas, opts for “crisp and classic exterior colors—especially a warm, white house color combined with a cool and deep black on the door.” Her choice? C2’s 981 Aperture in High Gloss. “It's a sophisticated and chic look that gives great curb appeal!"
Robin’s Egg Blue
According to designer Elaine Griffin of Elaine Griffin Interior Design in New York City, robin’s egg blue is the new black. “It goes with virtually any building material (your front door should complement your façade's finishes), with any architectural style, and looks fabulous in any landscape and climate.” Griffin reminds us to consider these three things when choosing a door color. Griffin’s favorite robin’s egg blues include Benjamin Moore’s Galt Blue (CW-560), Sherwin Williams’ Copen Blue (SW-0068), Valspar’s Lament Blue (5001-5A), and Valspar’s High Noon (5001-5B).
Whether your home is mid-century, Spanish, traditional, or a modern farmhouse, designers Maria von Hartz and Annie Fitzgerald of Von Fitz Design in Los Angeles, California, opt for Benjamin Moore’s Mexicali Turquoise (662). “The color welcomes you in and says, ‘Come in and stay awhile’—who doesn't want that in a front door?” If you want extra pizzazz, make it a statement door by adding some oil-rubbed brass or bronze hardware.
If you’re looking for something a bit unexpected, Morris also suggests Farrow & Ball’s Charlotte’s Locks (268). “This juicy, orange color is amazing on a front door in a modern application,” she says. “It’s beautiful paired with stainless cable rails and grey siding.”