Exterior Ideas: 12 Brightly Colored Front Doors

We weren’t understating things when we said you were craving themed inspiration. Our most recent roundup, 12 Tubs with Amazing Views, was whoppingly popular. Are you as keen on prettifying your place on the street as you are on lolling in the bath? These brightly colored front doors add instant spiff; we think they’ll inspire you to pull out a paintbrush!

The full frontal view above captures the work of California-based architect Ana Williamson, who often uses brightly colored front doors as the finishing touch. This relatively medium-sized home (1,465-square-feet), was an extensive remodel in Menlo Park. We love the way contrast of the bright red butterfly chairs the owners placed on the porch.

Photo by Alice Clancy

Protruding bricks add serious texture to the façade of this Dublin home designed by TAKA Architects. If the door wasn’t painted a bright color we’d fear it’d be lost. Sunny yellow works well.

Dallas-based firm NIMMO American Studio For Progressive Architecture, headed by Joshua Nimmo, is responsible for this design. The perforated metal door in a poppy orange is a zingy contrast, both color-wise and texturally, to the gray cement façade.

The Benjamin Moore “Tawny Day Lily” red door punctuates the minimalist design of this house conceived by LA-based Paul Davis Architecture. It adds the perfect pop to the otherwise spare palette of the polished concrete floor and stark white walls.

Photo by Peter Sundström

Red also works well with warmer presentations too, like this wood home designed by Swedish firm Daniel Fagerberg Arkitekter. The simple silhouette and site benefit from the fiery detail.

This lime green door is the entry for a house from Seattle Custom Homes by RW Anderson. The fresh color works nicely with the industrial details of the mailbox, numbers, and metal siding with rivets.

Photo by Frederic Neema

The color of this chartruese front door echoes the pop out portion of the architecture above. It’s the remodeled San Francisco home of blogger Jody Brettkelly of About Last Weekend.

We love the lime green border of the double glass door on this Austin area home designed by architect Steve Zagorski. The zingy color helps it stand out among the multiple materials which indlude white brick, wood slas, and oxidized metal.

Interior designer Moises Esquenazi, who is based in New York city, picked pink as the finishing touch on this Palm Springs vacation home. It reads as more modern than sickly sweet, thanks to the spiky aloe and concrete hardscape.

Photo by Chimay Bleue

The red color helps visitors spot the entry at the end of a long pathway to this mid-century Palm Springs home sited on the Canyon Country Club Golf Course.

Seattle-based Elemental Design used “Benjamin Moore “Blaze Orange” paint for the front door on this modern home with corrugated steel siding and Zen-like landscaping.

Yellow trimmed glass doors help the wood from feeling overwhelming at the entry of this contemporary lakefront home by Verge Architecture in Seattle.

Are you ready to paint your door red? Orange, pink, turquoise, yellow, and green all work too. Click over to StyleCarrot’s 45 Colorful Doors for more exterior inspiration.

Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.