Finding the Perfect Front Door Color

A variety of elements contribute to an inviting entryway—not least of which is a front door in just the right hue. And although we all appreciate a grand entrance, finding the perfect color for a home’s main entry point can be a challenge. For guidance on how to approach the decision and figure out the ideal hue, we asked Jan Roden, Charlottesville-based interior designer and co-owner of the antique and home furnishings store And George, to share her expert advice. Here are her recommendations:

Embrace the process. “I am all about personalizing and establishing a welcoming entrance,” Roden says. Take a page from her playbook, and look at picking a door color as accessorizing. “Choosing a door color for me is like selecting jewelry when an outfit is complete,” she says.

Know what to factor in. The style of the home and its surroundings should inform your decision, Roden notes. “I prefer a door to blend into the setting, and each setting is a one-off.” Things to consider include the color of the roof, the trim, the house color, and how the colors of the landscaping relate to the house.

When in doubt, go with a classic. Red, blue, and black are all tried and true options. Here are a few of Roden’s favorite shades:

  • Blue: “If I had to choose a favorite door color, it would be blue, the color of heaven and water. It’s a great accent on a home that is white brick, stucco, weathered grey wood, and on many other surfaces,” Roden says. Hues to try: Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray (Roden paints all of her outdoor furniture this color), Winter Lake, or Jamestown Blue. Pro tip: “Blue totally explodes outside, so you must backtrack in shades almost to the edge of gray,” Roden advises. “You will be very surprised when the sun hits and it becomes your color.”
  • Red: This hue has history behind it. “Early settlers established a welcoming front door by painting it red,” Roden explains. “If a traveler passed, a red door said ‘you are safe here and welcome.’” Feng Shui masters centuries ago also favored a red door, which they felt allowed chi (energy) to enter the home, Roden notes. Hues to try: Farrow and Ball Picture Gallery Red and Rectory Red.
  • Black: Always a solid choice whether you’re a traditionalist or trying to make a statement, black is a safe bet you likely won’t regret. Hue to try: Benjamin Moore Almost Black.

TSG Tip 160 provided by Jan Roden in Charlottesville, Virginia.