One of the first things about a house that a guest or home buyer notices is the front door. If you want to make a statement, upgrading or revamping your front door is a smart move that isn’t all that expensive. According to Realtor.com, it’s the second best return-on-your-investment renovation.
Ready to get inspired? Here’s a collection of the latest front door ideas and trends you may want to steal to improve your home’s curb appeal.
- Front door paint color ideas
Red will forever be one of the most popular front door colors, regardless of architectural style. Image: Faust Construction
One of the quickest fixes to upgrade your front door is to simply paint it. Choose an exterior paint designed for the door type; there are paints and primers for steel, fiberglass and wood door surfaces. About one quart of paint should do for an average door.
Gloss or semigloss are the most durable; the sheen holds up better against nicks and scratches and tends to show bolder colors better. It’s easy:
- Although you can paint your mounted door, removing the door and all of the hardware will give you a better finish.
- Sand the door lightly to get rid of old paint drips, nicks and dents.
- Apply a primer; wait for it to dry.
- Protect your door while it dries so dirt particles don’t stick to it.
When it comes to color options, nearly anything goes. According to Benjamin Moore, contrast is key. Choose a bold paint color that stands out from the rest of the home, like these door paint color ideas:
A vintage aqua front door color is perfect for a mid-century modern house. Image: Levitt Architects
Give a two-tone paint color a try when mulling over front door ideas. The turquoise and white add pop to the home’s charcoal gray exterior color. Image: Stephanie Wiley
When in doubt, a classic red front door will freshen up the look of just about any entrance. Image: Benjamin Moore
range is a great door paint color choice to highlight contemporary architecture. Image: Mak Design and Build
A bright lime green door color works with both wood and concrete home surroundings. Image: Dotter Sofjeld Architects
- Metal front door ideas
For an artisanal look that’s both warm and contemporary, consider a metal front door. With the industrial trend going strong, black steel is popular although copper and stainless steel front doors will always be fashionable.
Distressed black steel adds a custom look. The bronze door pull highlights the mixed metals trend that’s popular in interior design. Image: JPR Architects
Copper and stainless steel metal front door ideas. Images from left: Michael Fullen Design, Hartman Baldwin and Rocky Mountain Hardware.
Wood and steel can work with nearly any home style, ranging from rustic to country to modern to craftsman to contemporary. Image: AppWood Doors
- Glass front doors featuring glass side panels
One of the freshest door trends takes the existing double door design and converts it into a standard front door size with a glass side panel. This modern front door idea allows more light into the entryway and saves you money on having to purchase a larger or double front door.
A simple glass front door is surrounded by glass on the sides and top. Image: Marvin
A mirrored glass side panel next to the modern wood door adds privacy and convenience. The homeowner can see out but passersby can’t see inside. Image: b.Confer Architecture
The entrance of this home appears larger thanks to the door and matching side panels. Frosted glass was used to diffuse light while obscuring what goes on outside and inside. Image: Friehauf Architects
- Steel atrium doors
Looking for an industrial-chic door that’s less run of the mill? The steel atrium door is one of the latest trends. The black steel grid and glass works to update nearly any style.
For the ultimate flexibility, install a steel atrium pivot door that can glide back and forth on a track. Image: PPDS Design
Go with a custom curved atrium front door that offsets the sharp, angular lines of a contemporary home. Image: Ryan Street and Associates
To create a grand entrance, enhance the scale of your front door by surrounding it with glass panels on the sides and top. Image: Green Belt Construction
- Pivot doors
One of the best door trends is the modern pivot door. The look features a large-scale, floor-to-ceiling door that pivots on an axis instead of opening and closing from a wall-mounted hinge. The pivot front door is perfect in a location where a door jamb may not be possible or if the door is very heavy. Or simply because it’s so cool.
A frosted glass and steel frame pivot door takes the latest front door ideas and combines them beautifully. Image: Seven Custom Homes
A walnut wood, steel and glass pivot front door opens effortlessly in this Austin home. Image: Leicht USA
The designer of this wood pivot door frosted the glass side panel windows but left a clear strip of glass on the pivot door for better viewing. Image: Aleck Wilson Architects
- Wood and glass panel front doors
For a contemporary look that enhances your home’s architecture and lets plenty of light into the interior, look for a modern wood and glass panel front door. Worried about privacy? Choose a glass that’s frosted, etched or has some type of design that obscures what’s going on inside.
The glass panels in this darkly stained front door allow plenty of light to illuminate the interior. Image: Jodie Rosen Design
A custom glass pattern adds privacy and beautiful texture to this custom wood door. Image: Bramco Builders
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