One of many first things about a house notices is your 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. Welcoming, intimidating, bold, meek, or charming, the front door says a lot about the homeowner. It contributes to a house curb appeal and is a part of the first impression.
What dictates the look of the front door?
Many times it can be the structure of the house. A clean floor, fresh potted plants, adequate natural lighting – these are all important, but how many of us ignore the single biggest element that are, quite literally, staring us in the face? We are, obviously, talking about the front door, and not many people are aware that a neat and stylish front door is a crucial factor.
The fact is most people don’t think about the front door all that much until faced with having to choose a new one for your house, whether a renovation or building from scratch. Then you’re faced with all kinds of door decisions. Are you aware that there is a multitude of door designs out there, each one as unique as the next and designed to give your house that beauty factor it requires?
Main Types of Front Doors
The starting point is choosing one of the 3 main types of front doors. They are:
- Single with Sidelites
Front Door Styles
Another decision to be made is the style of door you wish to have. Like all things house-related, there are many to choose from. Here are the main style options:
- Mid-Century Modern
- Single Farmhouse Front Door
- Single Carriage front door with sidelites
- Rustic Front Door
- Double Front Wood Door
- Arched Mediterranean front door
Glass vs. No Glass Front Door
Another obvious consideration is whether to get a door with or without glass.
Glass is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s nice to see who is at the door. Glass also provides more light in the front entry area, which is a really nice advantage.
On the other hand those at the door can see inside your house. This boils down strictly to personal preference. In general, you should consider the front facade of your house when deciding to get a door with glass or not.
Dimensions Front Door
There are a surprisingly large variety of door sizes; however, typical sizes are illustrated with the following door dimensions image:
If standard sizes don’t work for you that’s okay because retailers like House Depot offer a huge variety of door sizes from 24′ to 70′ wide and 78′ to 98′ tall.
Materials Front Door
What material are front doors made of?
Door materials include:
- Fiberglass (less expensive);
- Solid wood (more expensive);
- Wood and glass combination;
- Wood and iron combination; and
- Fiberglass and glass (i.e. windows).
Front Door Color
For color we recommend to do Feng Shui Element , so if your front door is facing east, with a compass direction of 67.5 of 112.5 degrees, your best choices are the wood element colors:
- Wood tones
or The southeast compass direction ranges from 112.5 to 157.5 degrees. The color choices for your southeast front door are similar to an east-facing door because they share the same feng shui element of wood and its harmonious colors:
- Very light yellow
- Earthy/sandy colors
Like most decor decisions, it’s a personal decision.
Here are examples of different front door colors:
Front Door: Hague Blue
“I needed something that livened up the elegance of this 1930s Hollywood Regency house, so I painted the front door in this midnight blue,” said Dinkel. “It looks rich and makes a statement. And it sets off the decorative hardware beautifully.”
Wood Door With Brick
Natural wood front doors are classic, whether paired with brick or stucco.
Who knew? You don’t have to cross continents to experience the visual delights of a safari up close; witness them at house simply by updating your front door with an array of majestic door hardware, decor, and greenery.
White Front Door
It’s not often that we see a white front door, which makes it all the more unique.
Classic Red Door
Red is a classic color for front doors.
Pretty In Pink
Soft pink paint, coupled with the sharp lines of an antique brass handle, lends romance and striking visual contrast to this pretty pair of front doors. Two leafy wreaths visually tie the doors to the surrounding green paneling, and partially shroud the window panes for added privacy.
Does your freshly painted front door stick out like a sore thumb in your entryway? Planting color-complementary blooms near the doorstep can make that eye-popping entrance look intentional and well-designed. In this cheery entryway, sunny yellow flowers, paired with a black and gold mat and a gold-flecked wreath, create a harmonious color palette when set against the honey-colored door.
Plum Real Estate
The old world meets modernity in this opulent-looking entryway comprising surprisingly affordable embellishments. While the golden lion-head door knocker, overhanging light sconce, and intricate glass transom and sidelights pay homage to the pomp of centuries-old residences, plum paint on the front door lends the entryway a decidedly fresh and contemporary feel.
Blossoms Front Door
Color is a great way to embrace bright flora growing nearby – these blossoms would have outshined any other door, so now the front door gets to share the spotlight.
Green With Envy
While some homeowners might shy away from using true green on the front door because of its tendency to disappear into the surrounding landscape, opting for a rich green with dark undertones can create a memorable and lasting impression in the entryway. Here, a hunter-green-colored door, complemented by antique hardware and subtle gray-green house siding, creates an unmissable entryway from no matter which vantage point you view it.
Farmhouse With Flair
This farmhouse-style entrance epitomizes the charms of simple living—from the pastel blue front door with matching sidelights, to the custom wood plaque, and twin boxwood plants housed in chic black urns. But it’s the wreath that takes center stage in this alluring entryway. Composed of real seed packets, the DIY door decor is the perfect way to communicate your love of gardening—and all things DIY—to guests and neighbors.
Bolt From The Blue
Transforming your front door from dark and antiquated to bright and modern is as simple as redoing it with a soothing shade of paint and adding a little nature-inspired door decor. Take a cue from the artful DIYer behind this entryway, who masked her conservative navy blue door with an exuberant shade of robin’s egg blue, then added a touch of eucalyptus. With a trio of beautiful bells adorning the wreath, visitors hear a merry jingle each time they are welcomed into the home.
Zeal For Teal
Tired of coming home night after night to your neutral-toned door? The subtle infusion of a traditional color can from transform it from snooze-worthy to stunning. Here, a fresh teal finish on the front door, plus new bronze hardware, a turquoise patterned mat, and vivid desert plants, makes for a bold contrasting color scheme that instantly beats the blahs of a purely white or beige entryway.
Modern Wood With Frosted Glass
This wood front door on a home in Athens, Greece shows modern design is still popular around the world.
The minimalist look of this black front door is what makes it so stunning.
Burgundy Door With Wreath
No matter what the season, use a wreath on the front door to make guests feel welcome.
Double Front Doors
These double front doors in Rome give this house an elegant look.
Pink Front Doors
Don’t be afraid to choose an unexpected color when it comes to your front door. Pink pairs well with neutral colors, like gray, white and tan.
Light Blue Front Door With Planter Boxes
One of the easiest ways to add color to your house front door is with flowers.
Lime Green Door With Matching Chair
The lime green on this modern front door matches the chair on the front porch.
Yellow Front Door With Landscaping
Landscaping around your front door can add color and texture while enhancing the front door.
Pricing Front Door
As with most things in life there are inexpensive front doors, medium-priced doors, expensive doors and outrageously high-priced doors.
Decent front doors will run you at least $400, but expect to pay more if you’re looking for a great door. At the high end they can cost more than $5,000.
A solid wood front door will cost around $900 to $3,000.
Gallery Front Door
Do you recognize this famous entryway? The creatives at Studio DIY noticed this bold door making waves on Pinterest, and became so obsessed they actually took the time to hunt it down.
Another photo of a statement door. Again, the blue goes great with the red brick wall and cement. The color makes it pop and can guarantee you the best front door on the block!
Although traditional, this front door works so well because of its updating. The craftsman-like detailing on the wooden door adds a heft to the look. In contrast, the windows surrounding the door and inside the door add light and airiness. The light fixture evokes art-deco styling, in keeping with the entrance-ways nod to the craftsman era.
The mailbox for this front door matches the brushed metal of the inset to the door. The thin strip of glass in the door provides visual interest, and the strong monochromatic look of the black and the white lend a bold contemporary look to this front door. Click here to see how black doors can add to your curb appeal!
Incorporating artistic glass is another way to make a front door stand out. These textural sheets of glass coordinate well with the textural exterior of the home, and provide extra privacy that ordinary panels could not. Note that this door also opens on a pivot to save space on the interior.
Sideways herringbone patterns certainly aren’t a common pattern for front doors, making this one even more noticeable. The golden ratio inspired sidelights reinforce the artistic elements at play here.
Bright yellow is a cheerful and welcoming color, perfect for a front door.
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
A simple glass front door is surrounded by glass on the sides and top.
For the ultimate flexibility, install a steel atrium pivot front door that can glide back and forth on a track.
To create a grand entrance, enhance the scale of your front door by surrounding it with glass panels on the sides and top.
A custom glass pattern adds privacy and beautiful texture to this custom wood door.