Front Door Curb Appeal

Front Door Curb Appeal


One of my favorite things to do is drive through different neighborhoods, choosing details I love from exteriors – architecture style, materials, windows, landscaping. But often the thing that I seem to zero in on most is the front door – both style and color hugely influence the overall feel.

I’m partial to a front door with windows, as opposed to a solid front door, as well as one surrounded by a decent-sized front porch.  Maybe it just feels more welcoming. And sconces. Every front door needs sconces.


photo: Coastal Living



This Hamptons Showhouse definitely has a coastal feel, but the doors translate beautifully to other style of architecture. I love how much window there actually is in the doors. While it does dictate more modesty for the occupants to protect from Gladys Kravitz types like me, I think it would be so worth it.

photo: Holly Mathis Interiors

I am a huge fan of a Dutch door. There is really no practical reason for them, especially here in Texas, but I love them. Again, maybe because it feels so welcoming, and because I love taking advantage of having a little outdoors inside whenever possible. And this green color is so pretty, especially with the blue & white pottery with ferns on either side. And the kickplate is so practical, but a great detail as well. Not to mention, I like design that the opening of the front door allows you to see straight through to the back yard.

photo: Studio McGee

Another Dutch door – no windows but gorgeous detail! And the windows on each side lighten the feel of the solid door. This green is really beautiful.

photo: ahouseromance.blogspot

Maybe I love this look because of all the pretty details that surround the doors. Although there aren’t windows at all, I still love it. I’m a sucker for an arch, & the fact that this one has Wisteria climbing over it makes me love it so much more. The flagstone porch is so pretty surrounded by the stacked stone detail. And gas lanterns are always classic. The square boxwood wreaths definitely add softness to the heavy feel of the doors, too.


Usually I am a fan of less is more when it comes to painted front doors. And if I never hear the term “pop of color” again, I’ll be so happy. Of course we can’t see the rest of the exterior, but I do like this color, especially on a door that is larger scale, like this one. Plus there is the perk of the glass flanking the door, & the gorgeous planters.

photo: Donald Lococo Architects

Here, the arched door feels so warm flanked by glass panels, and topped with the classic French Country brick arch. It is really set off by the design repeated in the French doors on either side. And those pots!

photo: Houzz

A black door with a painted white brick exterior is just timeless. And these are beautiful. Again, no streaking inside allowed, but it’s a small price to pay. Obviously this exterior has a wide porch, since you can see a pair of French doors on one side – probably repeated on the other. I want those cool galvanized planters!

photo: Mrs. Hines | home and lifestyle

I really love the color used on this door with the Plantation style architecture. The color is repeated on the shutters on the windows on either side of the door, which marries well with the brick color of the walkway.  The combined effect with all the windows is very open & pretty. And soothing.

photo: toneontoneantiques.blogspot

While technically not a porch, still there are great details around this front door. Appropriate that the picture was posted by Tone on Tone Antiques, because the designer has done that really well here. The color of the door – Farrow & Ball Blue Gray # 91 – is such a pretty tone (not “pop”) against the slightly cream painted brick & door casings, the standing seam copper overhang, as well as the colors in the flagstone and dry stack stone.  Really beautiful.

photo: Lucy Williams Design

I’m just throwing this one in – I don’t really know why this appeals to me, or even what to call the style. And it’s even a pop of color.  I think the door has a contemporary feel, although the architecture of the house is clearly not. And while a turquoise door is hard to carry off, it just seems to work here with the mullion detail over the glass. It just has a youthful, fresh look that is different & pretty.

What are your door thoughts? Do you like color or wood stain? Windows or solid? So many choices!







Libby Haynes