By: Jennifer Ott, San Francisco-based interior designer
A recent informal poll of Houzz readers found red to be the most common color for front doors. As an attention-grabbing hue, it’s a great choice to clearly mark the entrance to your home. It can also provide the perfect little splash of color on an otherwise neutral facade. We rounded up some examples of doors beautifully done up in a saturated holly berry red, perfect for this time of year.
Now you’re probably not going to want to paint your house to reflect each passing season, but if your front door happens to be red, you can take advantage of coordinating your holiday decorations with it. Here it’s the perfect backdrop to the fun and colorful Christmas decorations on display.
A red door is an easy way to jazz up an otherwise light and neutral home. But you may want to give some consideration as to how it ties into your landscaping.
In the above example, the red door is echoed in the colorful flowers at the front of the property.
The pleasing palette above has a fantastic crispness to it, due to the high contrast between the dark siding color and abundant white trim. The festive front door adds the right dash of bold color to the mix.
Think about playing with sheen in addition to color on your front door. You’ll want to avoid a matte paint finish, because it won’t be as durable or easy to clean as a glossier finish. If you go with a super high-gloss sheen, such as shown above, make sure your door is in good condition, because the shiny finish will reveal any and all lumps and bumps.
You don’t have to carry the red color to the interior side of your front door, but if you do, make sure it coordinates with the entry area of your home. This neutral-hued entryway supports the cranberry-colored front door nicely.
Your turn: Show us your red front door. Post a photo in the Comments section below, and share the paint color if you happen know it.