Front Door Color Trends for 2021

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Black is back! If you are looking for front door color trends for 2021, this is the one you’ll see everywhere. Black is the big news for 2021. But black is not the ONLY trend! There are several others – and it’s easy to join in when you are looking to update your exterior. Painting your front door is one of the easiest – and most effective – upgrades to be had.

So whether you choose to join in the black paint bandwagon – or you prefer warm earth tones or one of the new statement colors – updating your front door is definitely something you should be adding to your honey-do list in 2021.

What does your front door color say about you? Read Popular Front Door Colors and Their Meanings to see if you are a “match” to your current color!

What Are The Biggest Color Trends for Front Doors in 2021?

Front Door Color Trend #1: Dark Matte Colors

It does appear that 2021 will be the year of the black door. Why is black such a big trend right now?

Black is classic and traditional, and at the same time modern, chic and versatile. Black doors go with many styles of homes, from traditional two-story colonials to the most contemporary urban lofts. The darkest of colors speaks of strength, sturdiness, and consistency. In other words, there are a lot of reasons why black is the hottest trend in front door color.

As a front door choice, black has long been popular. So what is different about this year’s black?

In 2021, it’s all about a matte finish.

No gloss, no shine – the goal is a dull, flat finish that somehow manages to look incredibly fresh, especially when contrasted with white or paired with a bright color (more on those trends below).

The dark matte color trend isn’t limited to black, however. Related deep, dark tones such as charcoal, navy, deep bronze, and darkest browns are also trending. Consider that Urbane Bronze, Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year for 2021, is showing up everywhere. This gorgeous and versatile shade is not quite charcoal grey and not quite deep brown, but pulls you in both directions when used as a front door paint.

If you find yourself drawn to the dark matte trend, but want something less usual than black, aim for navy, deep green, or charcoal. They are just a bit softer than a true black, while still presenting all of the positives of the deep, dark color trend. You will find them sophisticated, warm, and serene.

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Front Door Color Trend #1: Dark Matte Colors All colors are from Sherwin Williams

Front Door Color Trend #2: Warm Earthy Shades

Are you a biophiliac?

The Biophelia Hypothesis, coined by philosopher Erich Fromm and popularized by conservationist Edward O. Wilson, is rooted in the belief that humans must have a direct connection to nature in order to thrive.

Biophilic design, in turn, utilizes natural materials and patterns to maintain a connection to nature in man-made structural design.

If your home is filled with plants, sunlight, and loosely structured, organic shaped furniture, that’s probably a good sign that you relate strongly to nature. And as such, 2021’s emphasis on warm, earthy shades will be as comforting to you as your favorite pajamas.

Biophilia is defined as the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings…Biophilia is more than just a philosophy—biophilic design has been found to support cognitive function, physical health, and psychological well-being.

Emily Vidovich, for The National Resources Defense Council

What are the favored earth tones for 2021? Olive and moss greens, ocean blues, and creamy whites, taupes and tans all fit the bill. Unsurprisingly, greys are still holding their own as they have been now for years. This year’s top greys have distinctly warmer undertones than the cool greys of the past few years.

In other words, color for the front door has gone snuggly and cozy. It wraps around you and comforts you. Your earth-toned front door suggests that there will be a sensory refuge inside your walls, helping find ways to connect the occupants to nature even when indoors.

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Front Door Color Trend #2: Warm Earthy Shades All colors are from Sherwin Williams

Front Door Color Trend #3: Statement Shades

The third major trend in front door colors for 2021 comes in the form of statement-making color.

Neo-pastels are the big news here. Forget about painting your door red, and go for a beautiful, bright coral instead.

All shades of turquoise, from light to dark, will also be popular, and get ready for a fresh new color that’s rarely been used on front doors of the past – cool mint!

For the truly adventurous (and why not – you can paint a door in about an hour!), try violet, lavender or deep plum.

Think of these as happy shades that will get all passers-by to stop and take a second look at your home, probably with a big smile on their faces they don’t even realize they have.

Statement colors are good-mood colors!

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Front Door Color Trend #3: Statement Shades All colors are from Sherwin Williams

Front Door Color Trend #4: High Contrast

This trend is less about specific colors and instead focuses on how they are combined.

When in doubt, go for high contrast.

The best way to incorporate this trend? With the highest contrast you can create in the color world – black and white.

If your house is white, paint your door matte black.

If you prefer a white door, consider updating to black hardware (easier than painting the house black!).

Your creamy white or soft tan house will look amazing with a charcoal or navy door.

A dark exterior will make a mint or coral door pop!

And neutral grey contrasts amazingly with brilliant sunshine yellow.

Front Door Color Trend #5: Go Monochrome

This final trend is almost – but not quite – the opposite of the previous one.

The idea here is not to match your door to your house siding precisely, but to create a subtle variation in tone.

Beige house, with a dark brown door.

Soft blue house, with a navy door.

White house, with a pale taupe door.

Sage green house, with an olive door.

Maintain the harmony of a single color, but use variations to provide interest and draw the eye to the door.

Key Takeaways on Front Door Color Trends for 2021

Give your front door an easy refresh by incorporating any of these major color trends for the year:

  • Dark, matte colors
  • Warm, earthy colors
  • Statement colors
  • High Contrast
  • Monochrome

Choose a color that works with the existing exterior, of course – fortunately, most of the colors above have a natural flexibility and will work in a variety of situations. Will you go for the uber-popular matte black, or stand out with bright mint?

Why not try something fresh and new this year?

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