Tricks of the Trade

Making an Entrance: The Pros’ Favorite Front Door Paint Colors

August 2, 2019

They say first impressions make lasting impressions and there’s no better way to make a great one than by painting your front door a snazzy hue. Below, a few design gurus share their go-to gateway colors.


Florence de Dampierre

Benjamin Moore Apple Green (2026-40)

“A happy color for all seasons! It looks good with loads of light on it on a bright summer day and equally strong on a dreary winter afternoon. “



Heather Humphrey

Benjamin Moore Hunter Green (2041-10) in High Gloss

“Fresh yet classic, it provides the perfect pop of color for the front of your home.  It’s also surprisingly neutral and looks great with a variety of palettes.”



Ken Fulk

Farrow & Ball Charlotte’s Locks (No. 268)

“A front door is both a charming welcome for guests and a real opportunity for a house to offer a glimpse of the personality of its inhabitants. And besides, whose face doesn’t light up when they’re greeted with an Hermès orange door!”



Leta Austin Foster

Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls (OC-122) in High Gloss

“I live in the tropics and my favorite color scheme for houses is pale grey with a white door —it makes for the most elegant combination.  The glossy finish also repels water so that rain—of which we have a lot—does not sit on the woodwork causing eventual damage.”



Megan Gorelick

Fine Paints of Europe Black in Hollandlac Brilliant finish

“This finish holds up so well, especially in coastal environments.”



Nick Olsen

Fine Paints of Europe Coach Green in Hollandlac Brilliant finish

“It’s a classic British Racing Green that reminds me of a chic vintage Jaguar XKE.”



Steve McKenzie

Farrow & Ball Green Smoke (No. 47) in Full Gloss

“It’s a really soothing color for greeting folks, plus it works well with red or white brick as well as painted siding. Plus, the gloss makes it look clean but with a fun twist!”