When renovating the exterior of a house. Hence, the front door may not be the top priority. Thus, what with so many other pieces—landscaping, walkways, roofing—to think about. However, these exuberant entryways make the case for a standout design element that visitors will enjoy before they even enter the home.


Why paint your front door black or white when you can make your house the most memorable one of the blocks with something a little more interesting? Go sunny with a cheery yellow, demure with a dove gray, or bold with a true red. After all, your front door is your home’s first impression. Make it a good one.


The front door is the first thing visitors see when they happen upon a house — shouldn’t it give guests a good idea as to the style and sensibilities of what’s inside? The following front doors hint at elegant, traditional interiors, all ready to greet guests with a hearty hello


Consider a strong paint color, stately architectural details, and lush landscaping. After all, first impressions are important. From the beautifully ornate door of decorator Victoria Hagan’s ivy-covered Georgian-style home to a rustic and inviting wood design that contrasts with a stucco façade, find front door ideas to help set your entrance apart.

A Lovely Example From Bude


A traditional property in Bude, Cornwall that was set in a large plot. The garden benefited from panoramic sea views but the existing house had been positioned tight to boundaries which meant the views were obscured.

Install a Dutch Door


Michael S. Smith created this 1930s-style house for film producer Donna Arkoff Roth in California’s Malibu Colony.

Neutral Zone


A medley of neutrals in a melange of textures — ivory painted brick, gray-tan shutters, and golden-brown flagstone — are easy hues to live with (without being boring). A deep-brown door commands attention and gently guides visitors from the street to the front stoop.

Off Black


A black door helps modernize the whitewashed brick exterior of a California Cape Cod designed by Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas.

Dove Wing


Kristen Panitch used designer favorite Dove Wing, an off-white with a touch of gray, for the front door of her 1950s Arts and Crafts-style house in Los Angeles.

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