18 Front Door Ideas That Will Make Your Home Stand Out in 2021

Your front door is your first opportunity to set the tone for your home’s style and personality. Updating it is one of the easiest and fastest ways to make a big impact on your home’s exterior design. Here at brick&batten, our virtual exterior designers use doors in every shape, style and color to boost curb appeal. Read on for 22 of our favorite front door ideas guaranteed to give your façade a face-lift in 2021.

A fresh exterior design can take your home to the next level. It’s a big project, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Work with the virtual designers at brick&batten to streamline the process. Simply send in photos of your home and tell us a little bit about your preferences, and our designers can craft a completely unique design that’s ready to be executed.


Before and after of a modernized ranch with a two-tone white and charcoal gray color palette and a bright light orange front door
Two story home in a dark charcoal gray with two light orange front doors

#1 // Bright, playful colors

Is your home bright, inviting, and full of life? Be sure your front door makes the right first impression by painting it a vibrant hue like sunny yellow, energizing orange, or bold lime.


Before and after of a Spanish Mediterranean home painted in Alabaster with a double front door painted in an earthy jade green
Before and after of a cottage with a metal roof painted in Simply White with shutters and a new double front door painted in Greyhound

#2 // Earthy green tones

Reflect your landscape and anchor your home in the surrounding environment by choosing paint colors in natural green tones, like an understated jade or a soft moss.


Before and after of a farmhouse style home painted white with a natural wood door

#3 // Farmhouse chic

Keeping in style with crisp white shiplap and sprawling front porches, rustic wooden doors with windows bring updated country charm to farmhouse-style homes.


Before and after of a Craftsman brick bungalow home with new doors
Virtual exterior design of a craftsman bungalow home with a black front door

#4 // Sturdy craftsman doors

Signified by square windows placed high on the door and set off with detailed molding, craftsman doors work well on homes built in the Arts & Crafts (also called craftsman!) style.


Virtual exterior design of a cottage home painted white with a black front door
Virtual exterior design of a ranch home painted off-white with a black front door

#5 // Bold in black

Whether it’s glossy black or deep charcoal, a black door can make a bold statement in your entryway and provide contrast against lighter exteriors. Be aware, however, that you should void using black paints on south-facing doors in sunny environments, as the color retains heat and can cause wood to crack if not prepped correctly.

 


Virtual exterior design of a two-story farmhouse home with a wraparound front porch and a double front door with paned glass
Virtual exterior design of a California modern home with a modern decorative metal front door featuring a large sidelight
Virtual exterior design of a traditional brick home painted white with an arched double metal front door

#6 // Modern metal or steel

Looking for front door ideas that will bring an industrial vibe to your home’s exterior? Try a metal or steel door. Many of them come in sleek designs that are also an opportunity to incorporate glass panels in a variety of creative, artistic, or geometric shapes.


Before and after of a coastal bungalow home featuring a Dutch front door
Virtual exterior design of a transitional home painted black with a large porch and a wood Dutch front door
Virtual exterior design of a ranch home with a blue Dutch door

#7 // Double Dutch fun

For homes in comfortable climates, Dutch doors are a great way to bring the outdoors in. The top panel can open independently of the bottom panel, allowing fresh breezes to come in while keeping critters out (or in!). Have some fun and consider painting your Dutch door in a unique color, like the blue front door in the last example immediately above.


Virtual exterior design of a modern coastal cottage painted white with a slatted natural wood front door
Before and after of a modern mountain-style home with a natural wood front door featuring a large sidelight
Virtual exterior design of a modern ranch home featuring a paneled wooden front door with metal trim and a large sidelight

#8 // Keeping it natural

Opting for a natural look? Stained wooden doors bring a warm, natural element to exteriors. If your door is fiberglass, it can be stained to look like wood, bringing you durability without the cost.


Virtual exterior design of a transitional home featuring a wooden Tudor front door, painted in Iron Mountain with Revere Pewter trim
Before and after of a Tudor style home featuring a Tudor style front door with paneled glass sidelights. Painted in Iron Ore with Revere Pewter accents.
Virtual exterior design of an updated Tudor style home featuring a wooden Tudor front door. Painted in Iron Mountain and Revere Pewter.

#9 // Timeless Tudor

Tudor front doors are distinctive, though their style can vary. Sometimes they have a rounded top, and sometimes they’re rectangular but with a rounded wood panel inlay. Tudor doors often have a small window with leaded glass near eye-level, though they can also have multiple window panes in multiple columns or rows. In addition to working well on Tudor-style homes, they can also make a statement on homes with a Mediterranean flair.


Before and after of a Spanish Mediterranean home with a pivot front door. Painted in Seapearl.
Virtual exterior design of a mountain style home with a front loading three-stall garage, featuring a pivot door
Virtual exterior design of a traditional cottage-style home featuring a pivot door

#10 // A daring pivot

Try something out of the ordinary in not just form but function with pivot doors. With this front door style, you swap out traditional door hinges for pivot boxes, allowing large panels to dramatically swing open for a unique, modern vibe.


Virtual exterior design of an historic home featuring a double front door. James Hardie siding in Light Pewter and Aged Pewter.
Before and after of a sophisticated traditional two-story home with a double wood front door. Painted in Iron Mountain.
Before and after of a brick ranch home painted white with a modern double wooden front door featuring window slats

#11 // Twice the fun

Two is always better than one — and the same is true for front doors. Double doors can make a big impact on curb appeal and help ground large entryways.


Virtual exterior design of a ranch home painted white with a large front porch and a dark blue gray painted front door featuring a heart detail
Virtual exterior design of a farmhouse style ranch home featuring a pink door painted in Antique Coral

#12 // Sweet and subtle

These homes truly welcome you starting with the front door, from the subtle touch of a heart overlaid on vertical panels in the first example above to the soft coral that brightens up the entryway beneath it. (If you’re searching specifically for front door ideas related to painting yours pink, we love this blogger’s deep dive into her personal experience with the decision.)


Before and after of a mid-century modern home featuring an extended front awning and a VictoryMetalWorks iron door
Before and after of a ranch home turned traditional to mid-century modern style with a large front porch addition and a classic MCM wood front door featuring a starburst detail and a large sidelight

#13 // A blast from the past

Midcentury modern is still all the rage. Stay true to your home’s style and honor its past with an MCM door. Accents like metal sunbursts or playful windows add personality.


Before and after of a mid-century modern home painted white with natural wood accents and a bright blue front door with window slats

#14 // Blue skies ahead

Make a statement with a bright blue door. The energizing color reflects sunny skies and really pops against cream or white brick exteriors. For extra impact, go with a glossy finish.


Before and after of a traditional two-story brick home painted in Revere Pewter with a dark wood French door at the front entry
Virtual exterior design of a traditional two-story home with white brick, warm gray shutters, and an arched double French door at the entry

#15 // Like the French do

Really open up with French doors. These fully or near-fully glass double-door styles let in tons of light and create a seamless transition from outside to inside with chic style.

Going full glass on your front door doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice privacy. Options like rain, frosted, and stippolyte glass can maintain privacy without giving up precious light.


Before and after of a traditional two-story brick home featuring a front porch and awning addition and a red double front door
Virtual exterior design of a gray home with a red front door

#16 // Royally red

Red is an energizing color inciting passion and excitement. Give your guests a burst of enthusiasm the second they step up to your front door with this vibrant, versatile hue. Red front doors work on homes of all styles.

As you can tell if you’ve read this far, we’re fans of boosting curb appeal and bringing some personality to your home’s exterior with a colorful front door. Here’s more info on how to do it well.


Virtual exterior design of a mid-century modern brick home painted in Alabaster with an MCM-style turquoise double front door
Before and after of a two-story traditional Tudor style home with a new double front door in a rich jewel blue-green tone. Home painted in Iron Ore with Revere Pewter accents
Virtual exterior design of a modern Spanish Mediterranean home painted in Seapearl with a turquoise double front door and large sidelights
Virtual exterior design of a historic stucco home with a teal-gray front door

#17 // Rich blues

If you have a flair for the dramatic, celebrate it with rich, saturated shades of blue, teal, and gray. Jewel tones on a front door can bring an air of elegance without feeling stuffy.


Virtual exterior design of a traditional brick home painted with a limewash featuring a wood front door with sidelights
Before and after of a ranch home painted in Alabaster with Onyx accents and featuring a widened front door with side panels

#18 // Widen your footprint

Side panels allow for a wider visual footprint in entryways that don’t have room for double doors. Plus, panels with additional windows can let it more light when paired with solid doors.

Get more ideas for front doors with sidelights and transoms.


Closing the door

Swapping out your front door for a fresh style can make a lasting impression without a lot of effort. If all of these front door ideas leave you feeling like you don’t know where to start, the design experts at brick&batten can help. Their expertise means your new home design gives you unbeatable curb appeal down to the smallest detail — like the front door.