How to Choose a Front Door Color for a Brick House

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The choice of a home's exterior door color should be informed by the colors, textures and materials used throughout the exterior of the home, the style of the home and the environment surrounding the home. Brick homes generally support a more traditional, conservative residential architecture requiring a very typical range of door color choices---colonial red, green and beige. Searching brick color and other existing exterior finishes and landscaping can open up the possibility of more meaningful door color for a brick house.

Things You'll Need

  • Exterior finish samples
  • Paint chips or fan deck
  • Plywoood or foamcore (optional)
  • Paint, paint primer, paint brush (optional)

Preparation

  • Decide what the door needs to convey. Typically this is a combination of reinforcing a particular architectural style and design era, as an identifying, visual marker and supporting the exterior palette. However, one reason will be a dominant factor for the home owner.

  • Gather a sample of the brick product, the roof product, the window and door frame color and any other predominant exterior building finishes. Identify ranges of color that will work with these established colors. For example, there may be a preference by the homeowner for reds but green and brown tones may be a possibility as well. Narrowing the range of color to red, green or brown focuses the next task.

  • Shop for paint colors at a local paint or home improvement store. Carry the gathered finish samples and use them to help make more informed paint color choices and to narrow the possible choices further. If the samples are heavy or cumbersome to manage, at least take the brick sample. Consider paint colors that match smaller spots of color possibly hidden in the mottled finish of the brick.

Selecting Color

  • Find a location near the entry of the home to place the paint samples next to the brick for viewing.

  • Eliminate those paint colors that are obviously not good choices. Rearrange the remaining colors along side the brick.

  • Return to the decision made in the first step regarding what the front door needs to convey. Continue eliminating the paint color choices by referring to this decision.

  • Create larger paint samples when the process has narrowed the choices to 2 or 3. Paint a separate 12 inch square sheet of plywood or foam core with each color. Prime the wood before painting the samples for a more accurate representation.

  • View each larger sample separately by placing them one at a time at the front entry location. Leave them each for a full day and view them throughout the day. Note personal responses and choose the one that fits the criteria best.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase a paint fan deck from the paint manufacturer to avoid back and forth trips to the paint store.

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