A blue front door welcomes your guests in style, and it adds amazing personality and curb appeal!
Choosing a front door paint color is an important decision, because your front door has many jobs. First and foremost, it’s the entrance to your home. Your front door greets family and friends. A colorful door can tell your story, and it adds charm and curb appeal. A well-cared for door says you take pride in your home.
There are many popular hues for a front door, but I’m concentrating on blue. We’ve had two homes, and I chose blue front doors for both!
Sherwin Williams Naval
Many years ago, in the spring of 2011, I gave the kitchen cabinets at the Sutton Place house a fresh coat of paint, and some updated hardware. I knew I wanted a section of cabinets painted an accent color, and I knew blue would be perfect. What I didn’t know was that picking out blue paint is hard! After a great deal of thought, and a few trips to the paint store, I finally settled on Sherwin Williams Naval. When I saw it on my kitchen cabinets, I knew instantly I was going to have a blue front door as well.
The Exterior Color Palette at the Sutton Place House
- black roof
- red brick facade on the first story
- white trim
- gray siding (Sherwin Williams Morning Fog)
- darker gray shutters (Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor)
- navy blue front door (Sherwin Williams Naval)
We had already installed a new fiberglass door with sidelights, and keeping our home’s exterior color palette in mind, I knew a navy blue door would be perfect.
Sherwin Williams Distance
When we moved to the Sugar Maple House, I had my heart set on painting the front door the same shade of blue that we had on Sutton Place. However, when we tried the paint sample, I immediately knew it was all wrong. It was too dark, and it made the door recede into the stone. It just didn’t compliment the house’s color scheme. I knew I wanted to stick with a blue door, and after trying several different samples, I settled on Sherwin Williams Distance. It literally pops from the street, and simply painting the door upped our home’s curb appeal immeasurably.
The Exterior Color Palette at The Sugar Maple House
- brown roof
- brown stone
- brown shingle siding
- white trim
- muted denim blue front door (Sherwin Williams Distance)
Both doors were painted with a gray primer, followed by two coats of Sherwin Williams Duration Exterior Actylic Latex in a satin finish. Both porches are shaded by roofs, so they don’t get much sun. The Naval door never faded, and the Distance door is holding up beautifully so far.
Painting A Front Door with Sidelights
Painting entry doors can be tricky. If you have a front door with sidelights, it’s best to paint the sidelights and trim around the door a neutral color, and then paint the door an accent color. This will give your home maximum curb appeal by providing a contrast that catches the eye. In other words, you are creating a frame around your door.
How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color
There are a ton of choices when it comes to blue paint. To choose the right one for you, simply use the process of elimination.
- Visit your paint store, and come home with several swatch strips.
- Look at the swatches outside at different times of day…because the light and shadows will change.
- Start eliminating the ones you don’t like.
- Consider the existing color palette on your home’s exterior: siding, brick, shutters, sidelights, porch railing, landscape, etc. For example if your home has a white exterior and red brick, good choices are navy blue, cobalt, gray, or black.
- When you’ve narrowed down the choices to your top 3, either order large paint samples, or physically paint swatches on your front door.
- Finally, make a decision. And remember, if you make a mistake, it’s just paint.
Adding Personality to Your Front Door
- Invest in a gorgeous lock set. This is a detail where you can add a classic touch of elegance, and compliment your home’s architectural style. They are available in many different styles and colors, and at any price range.
- Add a seasonal wreath.
- Flank the front door with matching planters. This adds symmetry and additional color.
- Add a door knocker. I love the personal touch a door knocker adds to an entry door. Make sure to check your door’s warranty before drilling.
- This doormat (a bit of a splurge but worth it) would look stunning with a navy blue door, and here is a more budget-friendly option.
Other Blues for Entry Doors
Of course, my two favorite blue front door colors are Sherwin Williams Naval, and Sherwin Williams Distance. If you aren’t sold on those, here are more ideas for a blue door.
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (A super popular color.)
- Benjamin Moore Old Navy
- Benjamin Moore Blueberry Hill
- Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue
- Benjamin Moore Polo Blue (My daughter-in-law has this on her front door. It’s a gorgeous almost-black navy.)
- Sherwin-Williams Indigo
- Sherwin-Williams Salty Dog
- Sherwin Williams Faded Flaxflower (My daughter has this in her office. It’s a beautiful beachy blue.)
- Valspar Blue Coal
Frequently Asked Questions
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