Finding the Right Color For Your Front Door

"The color you choose for your front entryway may seem like a small detail
but it can impact the overall appearance of your home."
 

When helping customers to select the right tone for their slate or shake roofing systems I consider the colors of every exterior surface not just the roofing.  The front door is one of the many things I look at.  While it is often one of the smallest areas of color on the exterior it is a place where color can make a big statement.

Your front entrance welcomes your guests and conveys the warmth, happiness, and comfort that fill the inside of your home. It is a focal point for the front of your house. You want your entry door to standout; to clearly call attention to your front entrance.

To inspire you to think about colors for your own front door I've found some great examples of enticing entries that go with some of my favorite sustainable roofing tiles.
Slate Gray Plastic Shake Roof with Red Door
Creating a great look for your home doesn't always mean different.  Always look for the color that is right for your home regardless of whether you've never seen it used on a door or seen it thousands of times.  For example DaVinci Slate Gray Synthetic Slate with a red front door is a classic and a combination seen on many homes and may be the perfect scheme for your home, too.
Fake Cedar Shakes work great with a warm brown front door
Autumn is a standard blend of DaVinci multi-width shake tiles that includes several shades of brown.  Finding paint in a similar color to one of the warm, dark tones from the blend carries the color story onto the front door.  Don't go for matching the roof tile color exactly.  Going deeper or darker in the same tone allows the door to stand out and keeps the look from being too matchy-matchy.
Weathered Green Roofing Options With Yellow Orange Front Door
Do you think green and orange sounds like an outrageous combination?  Think again.  DaVinci's Weathered Green standard blend slate roofing tiles and a deep yellow-orange front door are a winning combination that takes this otherwise neutral home from drab to fab!  Always use your eyes when selecting colors not what you think the color looks like when you hear the name.
Slate black plastic roofing materials on a brick home
Creating an attention getting entry doesn't always mean bold color; Well placed color can be just as effective.  The deep blue-black door is set off by the leaded windows and warm rich golden tan of the trim.  With a Slate Black you might think you need to go with black.  Not so.

Blue is the color that most stands out against orange.  Choosing a black with hint of navy blue means that the front door will stand out more against the brick and trim than if you had chosen standard black.  Plus black with a hint of color is more captivating to your guest as they approach your front door.

Those are a few ideas to get you started.  Now its your turn to explore what colors might be right for your home.  Start by getting an up close look at roofing tiles at that DaVinci Color Studio then click over to Therma-Tru Door Designer and create your perfect front door.

Classic-Craft Canvas Collection doors images are courtesy of Therma-Tru.
  
Kate Smith
Color Expert Kate Smith lends her expertise to DaVinci Roofscapes; a company that has manufactured award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and far more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, the tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year warranty and are 100 percent recyclable.

Name: Marsha
Time: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thank you! I found this article very helpful. I'm in a quandary with my front door. We have a pinky brick exterior and a brown roof. At present, the door is green (not my favourite shade, either). We've been thinking of deep brown, almost-black shade of blue or perhaps picking up the contrasting brick colour which is a tan colour. The trim is white. Any suggestions?

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