You have selected your perfect entry door, picked your glass options, and confirmed your hardware, and now you need to make a big decision: what colour will your front door be? While it is not impossible to change the stain or paint colour on your wood entry door, it will make life easier (and more cost-efficient) if you take the time to consider all your options before making your decision.

As you consider potential stain and paint colours for your entry door, you will want to think through how your choices will enhance or detract from your home or office space’s exterior and interior design elements. We cover all these considerations in greater detail below.

Look for Front Door Colour Inspiration 

If you do not already have complete confidence in your vision for your entryway, it is never a bad idea to seek out some front door colour inspiration. Search online with an open mind to see what catches your eye, or ask your door supplier to show you their options.

Save any sample photos in a place where you can refer back to them later. These samples will help you shortlist your options, and they will also give your door designer a clear idea of what paint colours or stains appeal to you most.

Pro Tip: Attach all your samples to the exterior of your door and keep an eye on how they each look in natural light over the course of the day. Remember, paint and stain samples can look very different online or in artificial light.

Consider the Colour of Your Home’s Exterior 

It is important to note that even if you love a particular stain or paint colour in theory, it may not work well for you in practice. For example, your entry door stain or paint colour should complement all the other exterior design elements, and the last thing you want is for any colour of your home to stick out like a sore thumb.

Therefore, always consider how your colour choice will look beside your home’s exterior finishes, such as siding, brick, stone, or stucco. Don’t forget to factor in the colours of your porch and roof, too.

Match or Complement Your Garage Door Colour 

Quite often, the garage is situated close to the front door, making it imperative that the paint or stain colours complement each other. Poorly coordinated colours can draw the eye away from other beautiful elements of your home’s design.

Of course, there are circumstances where you use colour to intentionally direct focus in a certain way, but generally, consider the colour wheel and plan to update your garage door colour if needed.

Don’t Forget About Your Interior Design 

In all the excitement of looking at how your front door will tie into everything outside, it is common to overlook how your entry door will impact the inside of your home. Colour and stain considerations apply as much, if not more, indoors because that is where you will likely spend most of your time.

Think about how your entryway paint colours, flooring, trim, and furnishing will jive with the new colour of your front door.

Pro Tip: Attach your samples to your current entry door and observe how they appear in natural light throughout the day. Also, check to see if you love the colour in artificial light at night too.

Get Help Deciding on Your Paint or Stain Colour with Master Doors 

At Master Doors, we offer high-quality exterior wood doors in a wide variety of entry doors in traditional and modern styles. In addition, our team of experts is happy to help you select paint or stain colours that enhance the curb appeal of your home and complement your siding, porch, garage door, and interior. Contact the Master Doors Canada design team online or give us a call at (905) 597-9011 to get started.