Let’s talk color. Of course, we all have our favorites and therefore or own biases. Before we could even do simple math, we were encouraged to name our favorite color. And some of us have engrained it into our identity, filling our homes and wardrobes with all things teal, red, or purple. But when it comes to painting your home’s exterior, it’s time to set some of your opinions aside and reach for the colors that are the most aesthetically pleasing to you, your neighbors, and your potential buyers. After all, there are front door and shutter color combos that just work, and ones that just don’t. To help you land on a color palette, we’ve constructed this list.
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Black and Pale, Dusty Blue: Romantic European
If you own a historic home, we’re practically begging you to go with this dreamy French-inspired color scheme. We suggest choosing a white, like Sea Pearl by Benjamin Moore for your home’s paint. This will complement the soft, dusty blue or gray shutter. Finally, pair with a beautiful black door to complete your home’s color palette. Complement your doorway with Bevolo lighting and elegant planters, and your home will look regal and sophisticated.
Dark Gray and Black: Classic American
Dark gray and black form a great, subtle twist on the classic black and white color scheme. It makes for one of the safest front door, shutter, and house color combos because it will never fall out of style. If you still want to play with color, consider adding billowing, blooming hanging plants to your front porch in the spring and a red poinsettia wreath to your front door in the winter. These colors make the perfect canvas for nearly any home style or accessories. But if you’re not set on choosing dark gray, we can also think of a ton of reasons why you should paint your door a classic black today.
Green and Charcoal: Lively and Bold
If you want a fun statement door, we say go unique or go home. Green is a much under-appreciated front door color, but we’re here to tell you that you can apply it tastefully. Since this color is a little more out-of-the-box than most, we suggest pairing it with a classic color for your shutters and/or trim, like charcoal. And if you get tired of the green, it will be easy to repaint. Darker bold colors like red can require multiple paint coats, while it should only take one to two coats to cover this light shade. Green actually pairs well with natural green foliage, and the two hues give off a classy monochromatic look.
Soft Black and Natural Wood: Tranquil and Earthy
Ready for something different? Pair soft black and natural wood together. We personally love a black front door with large panes of glass and wood shutters. If your shutters are already painted, never fear. You can always strip the paint away using sandpaper and stain your old shutters in a walnut shade. They will look brand new! Just make sure to apply a sealant to the wood to protect its natural beauty from mold and mildew. This color combo looks great on an off-white home or darker home as seen above.
Yellow and Warm White: Cheery and Bright
Add a little cheer to your street and brighten your guests’ day with a yellow door. Just like with green, we suggest playing it safe and only applying this bold color to your front door. We love the way yellow looks with a warm off-white, like Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. Let the yellow speak for itself.
Red and Light Blue: Daring, Yet Timeless
We’ve been seeing red pop up as statement colors on doors for decades, which is why we deem this color as timeless. These doors are reminiscent of ones that belong to a London townhouse. Check out Benjamin Moore color, Caliente, with White Diamond on the house and the light blue board and batten shutters to really get inspired.
We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.
Using Pink or Purple: Proceed with Caution
At brick&batten, we love a soft pink door on the right architecture and environment. For this reason, we believe there’s a right way to go about it. For example, instead of going with bright purple, try a deep plum door paired with gray shutters. Or you can even go with an earthy pink door as shown above. Would we do pink shutters? No. But the colors on this home are hard to beat. It’s your home, so you should love the way it looks.
When in Doubt, Go Shutterless
We think the shutterless trend is here to stay, which is why we often suggest that homeowners scrap their shutters altogether, especially if they are worn down or not architecturally correct. Nearly any home style can pull off the no-shutter look, but we especially love it on modern and contemporary homes. And when in doubt on which colors to choose, you can always reach out to brick&batten color experts for a virtual exterior design.
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