Fresh & Colorful Front Door Decor and Design Ideas

Ok, I have a decorating pet peeve. Boring front doors. Let’s face it, the entry is the first place your decorating style is showcased, and it is a main contributor to your curb appeal as well. So many people just accept a cheesy front door picked by their builder, or the former owner, and don’t stop to consider how much it contributes to the overall feel of your home.  So pull out the paintbrush and a few accessories and try these front door ideas! Can’t you just see a holiday wreath on these front doors? This isn’t hard, and front door decor & design are details that count!



Front Door Decor & Design Ideas

So let’s start out with the easiest front door idea ever… Paint! You can change the entire curb appeal of your home with one afternoon and a quart of paint. Once you learn how to paint a front door, you can add decor, throw down a pretty mat or two, and even bring a little personality to your doorway. ‘Practically Functional‘ has an easy tutorial on painting your front door, without having to take it off the hinges. (I’m in!)


Love, love, love this pretty pink front door idea from ‘Nesting With Grace‘. They share their paint colors, and also lots of tips and tricks! And this entry is styled with perfect front door decor. Oh, and we love the steps too!


Now this is the exact same porch, new front porch design! This just goes to show you the power of paint. Check out ‘Nesting with Grace‘ and their front door makeover.


Learn how to paint a front door, and even how to add corbels and columns to frame the door with this tutorial from ‘HGTV‘.


Robb Restyle‘ did just that… she restyled her porch with this front door color that is happy, fresh and fun. In fact, the color is named “Happy”! And don’t forget the eclectic prints in the window and on the door mat!


Home Stories A to Z‘ has one of the most charming front door designs we’ve seen. Not only is that door color amazing, the front door decor is perfectly suited to her pretty farmhouse style home! Lots of great ideas here for the whole house.


You can’t help but be in love with this fresh Palm Springs style door from ‘Sugar & Cloth‘. You have to go check out the before and after!


Love and Renovations‘ totally transformed their curb appeal with this front door idea. They added a window to a previously plain door! Full tutorial on how to make this happen.


Can you tell we have a thing for colorful front doors? Apparently, ‘Lolly Jane‘ does too, because they painted theirs in our favorite shade of coral!


More great front door ideas for both color and decor from ‘Country Living‘. Fun Fact : Blue is one of the most popular colors to paint a front door.


Lastly, if you can look past these adorable little girls, this front door design is done by a DIY’er, and is a Scandinavian style masterpiece! We love the contrast with the navy body color of the house. From ‘Apartment Therapy‘.

So before another visitor sees that boring door,  try these front door ideas this weekend! We know you will also love our posts on Creative Front Door Mats You Can Make and Boost Your Homes Value with These DIY Projects!

Note : This post has been freshened with updated projects.

Image Credits: Nesting with Grace, Practically Functional, HGTV, Robb Restyle, Home Stories A to Z, Sugar & Cloth, Love & Renovations, Lolly Jane, Country Living, Apartment Therapy
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Amber Kemp
    May 31, 2019 / 7:13 am

    OMG these look so beautiful! I’m in love with the yellow and pink doors – look really amazing! Great pics!

  2. Debra M. Fraser
    February 18, 2019 / 9:47 pm

    Hi, your makeovers on the doors are so beautiful. I also have a question my house front has beige and burgundy stone . They are both light colors and my doors are just white. You see both doors coming into my home. I would love to paint them but not certain what color. One is a solid white door with full side lights. the other entrance is white with a full glass pane. This door has the beige siding showing in the alcove. The rest of my house is beige siding., Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

  3. Jen
    July 15, 2016 / 8:32 am

    I want to do something different with our front door. I have a brick ranch with navy shutters and navy door. I’m thinking yellow to coordinate with shutters? I’m not that great at picking colors. What do you think?

  4. Joyce
    September 2, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    If I ever have my own home again, I would have a FUCHSIA door!! I love pink, and that is one shade that makes me so very happy every time I see it! I’d want to have a cob house in cornflower blue with the whitest white trim I could possibly make it–but that front door would be the standout feature of the whole exterior, along with gorgeous flowers growing in pots on either side of it.

  5. Glenda
    April 27, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    We have a red brick home and our eaves troughs are the country blue that was popular in the 90s which I do not like now but have no intentions of changing. Not sure what colour to paint our steel door?

    • Kathy Woodard
      May 21, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      How about a deep grey?

  6. lauren mccarthy
    April 13, 2015 / 6:55 am

    can the editors of this page help me find the round rug in the first photo? I’m trying to do my front porch exactly like this (orange door, round multibraided rug), and can’t find this exact rug anywhere. Does it exist?!

    • Kathy Woodard
      May 21, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      I’m sorry, I have no idea!

    February 15, 2015 / 8:27 pm


  8. Cindy PHillips
    May 22, 2014 / 8:46 am

    Hi –

    We are thinking of painting our front door. We have a light blue house with slightly darker blue shutters. Currently the door is black, the outside light fixtures are black and the mailbox is black.

    What do you think about orange for the door? Any suggestions for what to do with the light fixtures and mailbox? Do you have any other bold color suggestions?


    • Kathy Woodard
      June 24, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Personally, I think you could paint the door orange (across the color wheel from blue, so it will POP!) and not have to change another thing… it will be quite a re-fresh!If you want to go slightly more subtle, consider a coral shade… still bold, but might meld with the blue a little gentler… readers, ideas for Cindy?

  9. Anne
    May 7, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    I have a light gray house with a wedge wood blue trim and shutters. Do you think a yellow door would look good?

    • Kathy Woodard
      June 24, 2014 / 1:33 pm

      Since the color of your house is pretty traditional, just don’t go too primary bright with the door and I think it will be a great color combo!

  10. Brandie
    April 9, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    I have a all red brick house. My front door is white. What color should I paint it?

    • Kathy Woodard
      April 16, 2014 / 5:11 pm

      What style house? Color of trim?
      Lots of possibilities depending on different things. Usually can’t go wrong with black though!

  11. Francia
    February 26, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    Sorry for this stupid question..does the front (or back) door get the same color both inside and out?

    • Kathy Woodard
      March 10, 2014 / 11:53 am

      Thats entirely up to you, I think most people just paint the outside of the door, and leave the interior door a more neutral color to blend with the interior of the home. Hope this helps!

  12. Shelia Everhart
    February 19, 2014 / 11:53 am

    I have metal doors and I have painted one before but the paint didnt last, i know i didnt do something right? any suggestions?

    • Kathy Woodard
      February 20, 2014 / 2:57 pm

      Did you prime the doors first with a metal primer?

  13. Theresa Moss-Currier
    January 15, 2014 / 11:21 am

    I want to paint my front door a bright color, but the problem is a security screen door. I’m wondering if I paint the door, will it even show?

    • Kathy Woodard
      January 20, 2014 / 4:17 pm

      Depends of course on that security door and how much you can see through it etc…Or maybe consider whether you really need the screen door???

  14. Lynn
    October 24, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    I enjoyed looking at your door makeovers. I am very much in need of one. My problem is I don’t know what color to use. I have a brown brick ranch home and my front door (also shutters and garage doors) are white. They have been white for the 24 years that I have lived here. I want to change it up but am stalled on color. Any ideas or suggestions???
    Thanks for your time.

    • Kathy Woodard
      November 3, 2013 / 11:30 am

      You could do basically any warm color to coordinate with the brown of the brick. I would use color that is not too dark or too light…. You want some contrast with the brown brick, but not so much that it is a stark difference like the white that you have right now. Remember to think outside the box, it doesn’t have to be brown taupe or white. Depending on how dark your brick is, a black or charcoal grey door could update the whole look of your home!

    • Diane
      January 14, 2014 / 1:52 pm

      Hi Lynn,
      This is a suggestion I read recently for walls. I think it would work just as well for doors. Get a few paint color samples and the same number pieces of poster board. Paint each board, or a large section of the board, with a different color. Hold them in front of your door until you get the color that says, “This is it!”. We found it usually took us three tries to get the right color for the walls inside. Don’t give up if it takes awhile. Happy painting!

      • Kathy Woodard
        January 20, 2014 / 4:20 pm

        Good tip Diane – Thanks!

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