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Repainting Your Front Door — A Simple Way To Maximize Curb Appeal

We always hear people say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but when it comes to the exterior of your home, that’s often exactly what people do. Whether your reason to refresh your front door is to get ready to sell your home or you just want to change things up for the season, we know the first glance at the front entrance of a home needs to leave a lasting impression. Here at Joshua Allen Design, we have so many tips and tricks to help you find a color that will not only fit your aesthetic, but will also make the outside of your home look beautiful. Here’s our list of super helpful, curb appeal-boosting front door paint ideas and tips that will wow potential buyers and also make your neighbors a little jealous.


If you like to play it safe, our advice is to keep things neutral! There are plenty of awesome neutral paint color choices out there for a front door, and black is an absolute classic choice. A great option for a stunning neutral black is Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. Pair a black front door with white trim and white or light gray exterior paint and it's a serious eye catcher, but it'll work well with almost any exterior color and trim.

Source: Benjamin Moore

If classic is your thing, another classic (but much bolder) choice for your door is red! We absolutely adore a red door against black or charcoal gray exterior, but it will also look amazing with a lighter or even white exterior. Our favorite recommendation for a gorgeous and bold red door color is Benjamin Moore's Million Dollar Red.


On the topic of adding classic color to your exterior, another awesome option is navy blue. Navy is a welcoming color and we think it's really well suited for lots of New England homes. Navy doors look exceptionally good with a white or light colored exterior paint and trim, and our recommendation (of course) for a navy door paint is Hale Navy by (you guessed it!) Benjamin Moore.


It's time to take a color risk! If you're not someone who likes to stick to the status quo, shake things up with your front door paint. A really cool option for a bright and different front door this season is turquoise blue. Turquoise front doors look great against a variety of exterior colors — white, light, gray, dark, yellow, brown, brick exteriors and even wooden siding, to name a few — and our recommendations for the perfect turquoise are Wythe Blue and Breath of Fresh Air, both by Benjamin Moore.


If none of those options felt right for you, or you're looking for a truly timeless and totally classic option, we recommend a naturally stained wooden door. Our pick for this season is Crossroads, a medium toned stain color by (gasp!) Sherwin Williams. Natural wood pairs well with lots of historic exterior colors and keeps the front of your home looking as beautiful and natural as the day it was built.

If you're set on a color but having trouble picking the brand, we can't say enough how highly we recommend Benjamin Moore paints. The quality of the finishes are truly amazing and they don't (in our opinion) get destroyed or worn as easily as other paints. We also highly recommend Sherwin Williams. Whichever brand you choose, make sure that you look at several swatches outside, rather than under your interior lights only, so you can get the full effect of how the color looks with your exterior paint and in the true outdoor lighting.

One last tip! Remember, when choosing a paint color for your door, you can of course choose any finish you like, but general wisdom says to go with a glossier finish. Glossy paints stand out and highlight the door as an architectural feature. They also stand up to chips, scrapes, and nicks better than a flatter or matte finish would, which helps them last longer!

If you have any questions or need help choosing a paint color to fit your specific exterior, give us a call, we’d absolutely love to help!


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