You can't under estimate a tasteful pop of colour and what better place to introduce vibrancy than at your front door? After all, first impressions do count.
Here are my four favourite front door colours that complement more neutral 'safe' hues on a homes facade.
This is such an easy and inexpensive way to lift the look of a home. With the addition of a pot plant or rustic chair, you can get a very fresh look for the cost of some sandpaper, a pot of paint, and a few hours of elbow grease.
I promise, no rainbows...or pink doors....but isn't this one cute?
Sands and taupes - warm brown tones go really well with dark navy. My little house is an example of this - the exterior is painted in Dulux Dune and my front door is Dulux Domino gloss finish.
Cremes - bring a formal sharpness when combined with a dark navy. Classic and timeless. Note: do not choose a yellow based creme.
Whites -combined with dark navy again bring a very classical look. The starkness of the white will be a much bolder look against any dark detail, but won't deliver harshness like black and white will.
Brick -whether it be a rich red or lighter terracotta, it goes wonderfully with navy blue.
Colours that don't give a dark navy blue front door the backdrop it deserves; so avoid:
Blacks, greys, greens and other shades of blue. In my mind, they just don't complement each other.
A little extension to dark navy, is dark purple - it goes with the same colours that complement navy, but is just that little bit more bold
Light grey facades work so well with mustard yellow front doors, especially when door surrounds and window frames are done in light grey based cremes (no yellow bases!)
Darker grey or Charcoal exterior walls lit up by a mustard yellow door is not only fun but rather classic. You can lighten through lighter framing, or go the other way and chose a grey a shade darker than the facade to really make the yellow pop.
Cremes or whites - with wooden or black painted accents combine very well with mustards. Make sure the creme is grey based.
For something seriously bright, tealcomplements mustard very well. So if you feel like painting your house teal, then a mustard yellow door may just add further to its sunny disposition.
Colours that won't make your mustard look hot; so avoid:
Yellow based colours - anything that has yellow hues can't be put next to a yellow door. Be wary of cremes, taupes and other browns in this instance. Others are greens and reds.
Oh so timeless teal. I do love it. It's fresh, fun and sophisticated all at the same time. There are many variations across the saturation spectrum in teal that I think work as a front door colour, so below I'll specify whether it's lighter, brighter or darker.
Team a light teal up with a soft dusty grey exterior wall, along with creme framing on doors and windows. Dusty, brown purples are also a colour to think about for accents with light teal.
Or skip the grey, and just use creme for the whole exterior to really bring out the delicacy of that beautiful pastel teal.Yellowy cremes do work here, and so do your grey based tones.
Light greys and grey cremes will also complement darker teal tones on a door.
Red brick or brown wood - light teal goes gorgeously well with brick and wood exterior finishes.
A brighter, richer colour teal goes well with taupebrushed exterior walls.
Colours that won't make your teal look timeless; so avoid:
Yellows, greens, and blues. Stay neutral as this is a bright colour in itself.
I know black sounds bold, and it is. But if you have a courage to do it, you may be pleasantly surprised.
A grey'y white facade looks awesome with a black door. My neighbours have just done this on their Victorian semi and it looks great.
Taupesgo well with black and deliver a sophisticated and classical look.
If contrast is what you are after, cremes that are brown or grey based will give a good result. Very regal and clean.
Colours that won't make your black door classic and elegant; so avoid:
White - it is too harsh - if you want a dark door and white facade choose charcoal or dark navy blue. You still get a sharpness, but it's not black and white which can be quite cold. Grey or charcoal exterior walls alongside a black door do not work.
Gloss or matte?
I like a gloss finish to details like window frames, picket fences, and doors. So in all of the colours above I'd go for gloss.
However, matte also works and it really is up to on if you want a flatter finish on your front door, and to get that go with matte.
These should come last, but do think about what you like in this department before you set out on buying your paint colours. In terms of your more traditional (and tasteful) choices of colouring for your door knobs, numbers, knockers and door lights, you have; brass, silver, black or creme/white.
Without considering the overall look, and just thinking about these front door colours, these are my suggestions:
Navy - brass
Mustard yellow - matte black
Teal - matte black
Black - silver or brass
Entrances are only made better with plant life, and as you can see from the photos in this post, the potted flowers, wall creepers and shrubbery, enhance the colour of the door and facade.
Introduce complementary colours to dark navy and black front doors like purple, with potted lavender, bushy deep greens with potted Star Jasmine or Camellias, or white with a hanging pot of Tahitian Bridal Veil.
For teal doors whites, daisies, gardenias and hydrangeas, and peachy pinks or reds in the likes of Dahlias or peach Anemones, go well.
For mustard yellow, id go with lighter greens seen in succulents like hanging String of Pearls, Cacti and Agaves.
See, I said no rainbows, rather classics that will test the design challenges of time.