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How to Pick the Perfect Color for Your Accent Door

Painting your front door a bold, bright color is a cost-effective and fun way to give the exterior of your home some personality. But with an endless array of front door colors to choose from, how do you possibly narrow down your options? Use this guide to help you realize your personal preferences as you get ready to paint an accent door.

Match Other Exterior Accents

Perhaps you have a dark red garage door, trim, or shutters on your home. To unify these elements of your home’s façade, you might paint your front door the same hue. You can use this advice to brighten up your garage door, shutters, and trim if they’re currently painted a bland, boring color. Painting these different exterior accents at the same time ensures they’re an identical shade for a perfect match.

Choose a Complementary Color

Hues located across from each other on the color wheel are known as complementary colors. Painting an accent door the “opposite” color of your house is a good way to make it stand out. For example, if your house is a painted an earthy green, dark red could be the right front door color. A pale yellow house looks great with a dark purple accent door. And an orange door on a home with dark blue siding really stands out.

Stick with an Analogous Color Scheme

Analogous colors are those located side-by-side on the color wheel. Think warm colors (yellow, orange, red) and cool colors (purple, blue, green). This choice is less about making a bold statement and more about helping your entire home’s exterior match.

Opt for Contrast

To select a contrasting entry door color, look to the color wheel again. Three colors are considered to contrast if they’re spaced evenly apart on the color wheel. This includes blue, yellow, and red; and green, purple, and orange. If your home is painted a neutral color like cream, gray, or tan, you can often identify an underlying hue to help you choose a contrasting color.

Consider Your Home’s Siding Material

What is your home made of? If you have a brick house, think about the type of look you want to achieve. Natural brick is usually an earthy red color, so your best front door options include red for an analogous look, green for a complementary look, and blue or yellow for a contrasting look.

Natural wood and shaker siding can be stained a variety of beautiful shades. To help your door stand out, consider painting it a bold color like bright blue, teal, or even orange. These colors could make the impact you’re looking for.

Stucco siding is typically a tan or brown shade. For this and other neutral paint jobs, dark blue, forest green, and crimson front doors create a subtle accent without being too overwhelming or bright. This could create the type of look you want for your front entryway.

Let Mr. Handyman Enhance Your Front Door

Whether you want to paint your existing front door or install a new one and then paint it your chosen color, Mr. Handyman offers several door services. We offer a variety of door services to help make your home more functional, beautiful, and secure.

Contact your local Mr. Handyman or call us at (877) 256-3376 for help with all your home improvement needs!