Tips & Tools for Choosing the Perfect Front Door Color

Choosing the Perfect Front Door ColorA front door can make a big impact in the overall beauty and curb appeal of your home. It’s one of the first things a guest sees and has reemerged as the focal point that connects the occupants of a home with their personal style. Since recently introducing a new collection, Front Door Paint, we have received a lot of questions on prepwork and proper tools but also on how to choose the best color for an entrance.  Read on for our best front door color tips and a great tool we created to help you pick the perfect shade for an unforgettable first impression.

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Whether a Georgian, Tudor, Mediterranean or Contemporary among other styles, the design of a home can help guide you on a great choice of exterior colors that are appropriate for the home. The bright pastels that work gloriously on a Victorian might not be the best choice for a more traditional design. A more modern home can support a bold color choice and a gorgeous monotone scheme as well. That being said, rules are made to be broken! Choosing a casual shade can make a formal entrance less rigid and an elegant shade can add a touch of drama to an understated entrance.


It’s important to also take into account many of the external factors.  Roofing, landscaping and the various materials used to create the home, such as wood or brick, can significantly help guide the final color choice for a front door. Coordinating other elements, such as shutters and trim, is also key to creating a complimentary color scheme that has room for wonderful contrasts.


Homeowners usually change the color of their front door every seven years. When choosing a new color, take advantage of the change to create the impact you’d like. A light or vibrant hue brings a fresh energy to a home and a darker, more subdued color can give a sense of peace and tranquility.  Choosing a color such as a daring yellow or a cheerful coral can look beautiful in the summer next to a blooming garden and add a dose of joy during the winter doldrums.  A deep purple is unexpected and yet can exert a distinguished sophistication. Note that doors with glass can handle brighter colors and that using an unexpected shade can add the perfect finishing touch to a carefully chosen exterior color scheme.  The front door is a blank canvas that can be used to reflect personality while adding a flattering style to your home.


Modern Masters Front Door Paint App

Using color theory, emerging trends and the Emotional Color Wheel as a guide, 24 distinctive Front Door Paint colors were created. Want to see which is the one for you?  Our free Front Door Paint Android App and Front Door Paint iPhone App instantly lets you see which color will transform your front door.

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Keeping these three tips in mind, it’s wonderful to find The Perfect Color — and incredibly disheartening to see it fade due to a variety of elements, including winter weather, sunshine and a general breakdown of the paints. Front Door Paint was cover easily, dry quickly and NEVER fade. It’s also super easy to work with! Blogger Debbie Hays had a front door makeover and says, “This is the smoothest, easiest water based paint. Almost sad at how fast the project happened.” We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips and are inspired to transform your front door.  Leave us any questions you’d like in the comments and be sure to share your projects with us!

You can find Front Door Paint at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware shops, Amazon and the Modern Masters online shop.


Getting “Playful” With The New Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Today we feature guest blogger, the talented Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky. Debbie is a huge fan of our products and has used them for many of her projects. When a recent home entrance project for her own home came up, she used our new Front Door Paint and is sharing her How to Paint a Front Door tutorial. Take it away, Debbie! 

Enhance Your Curb Appeal with Modern Masters Front Door PaintWe all know that the exterior of our home is an indicator of the style within, and who doesn’t want to express our unique personality even before a guest steps inside? Fortunately, one of the least expensive, biggest “bang for your buck” updates is a front door facelift. Having been an artist and faux finisher for many years, choosing color is easy and I am not afraid of going bold. Black, green and warm orange have all graced our entrance, which is within a deep courtyard.

I recently turned to Modern Masters new Front Door Paint for an overdue update. I have known the Modern Masters products for years though my finishing business, so I had confidence that they always develop trending, designer choices.

My transformed door using the color 'Playful' from Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

My transformed door using the color ‘Playful’ from Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

How did I choose our new color? Over the years I have created some personal criteria. The color needs to pop to compensate for the deep shadows that appear late in the day. Plus, we have a glass storm door, so any color gets dulled down through the glass.

Front door before new color.

The “before” color which has faded over the years.

And now there is a perfect free Front Door Paint iPhone App and a free Front Door Paint Android App – on both, you can take a photo of your door and scroll through the Front Door Paint colors to see what your door would look like with the different colors. There are 24 front door paint colors based on the emotional color wheel (like Hopeful, Mysterious, Elegant and more). That’s how I chose the color toned purple color “Playful”. It coordinates nicely with our hot color perennials. It’s bright but not electric. A happy and welcoming color that says, “an artist lives here”.

I was thrilled to discover that Front Door Paint is water-based, covers in two coats, dries quickly to a satin finish, and never fades. But, before I could begin my quick transformation I had to deal with 35 years of oil-based paint using an oil primer. It’s one extra step but you’ll appreciate it in coming years.

Here are some tips for getting the job done quickly and professionally. Translation: Here are all of the tips I can offer you from learning the hard way!


Door painting supplies.

• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters Front Door Paint. I live in North Carolina, so I get my Front Door Paint fix at Lowe’s in Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews and Charlotte. See more Lowe’s and Ace Hardware retailers here.  But never fear you can also hop on and the Modern Masters online shop to purchase.

• Primer: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer also found at Lowe’s

• Tools: Paint pan, low-nap paint roller, 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for water-based paint and if needed, a 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for oil-based paint and paint thinner

• Incidentals: Razor blade, Tape, Rags, Stir sticks, Screw Driver or Drill, Dropcloth or Newspapers, Step Stool


Plan your project for good weather, between about 40 to 90 degrees. Front Door Paint dries quickly but do allow drying time so that you can close the door without the paint sticking.

Wash off dirt and grease with detergent and let dry. Remove loose paint. Remove all of the numbers and hardware from the door. I know taping is quicker, but taking off the hardware assures a crisp, clean end result. Place the elements of each lock with the screws in a group for easy installation later.

Remove hardware from door.


Tape off the hinges and glass unless you have an extra-steady hand with the brush. If you’re wondering why I don’t remove these, I have a confession. There is such a build-up of old that paint they are permanently affixed.

A tip for hinges is to tape over them and use a razor blade to remove the excess.

Tape off hinges.

STEP THREE  – Only if your door is already painted in oil-based paint.

Use your oil brush and Zinsser primer to cut in recessed areas on the wood door and to paint the storm door. Use the roller to paint the flat panels if you choose. Clean up using paint thinner. Follow drying instructions on the container, but my primer dried in about 30 minutes. Don’t worry, primer always looks wimpy but it works like a charm.

Tape and prime front doors.


Switch to your water-based paint brush and paint two coats of Front Door Paint. Brush in the direction of the grain. I was planning to roll the paint on the flat surfaces but after cutting in with the brush I was amazed. The paint glided on so smoothly that I just used the brush. The paint dried in an hour and I was able to re-coat in two hours.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Project by My Patch of Blue SkyRepainting a front door with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP FIVE

Wash the brush in soap and water, re-install the hardware, step back and enjoy the beautiful results! And yes, the neighbors will love it. Everyone who walks by our home with a dog and a cup of coffee has commented on the transformation!

Now that you see how simple it is to beautify your abode, what color will you choose?Modern Masters Frint Door Paint

Now that you’re primed (that’s a pun) to get started, you can find Front Door Paint at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware shops, Amazon and the Modern Masters online shop.

Have fun!

Faux Tile with Metallic Style!

The super talented Kara Paslay creates innovative and unique surfaces treatments on all her projects. In fact, we’ve profiled Kara for our Modern Mastery series and wanted to further showcase one of her haute-est wall finishes for you.  This space was created for a television show airing this upcoming fall season and we’re excited to be able to share it ahead of time. Enjoy the sneak peek!

Before - Bath Project by Kara PaslayKara’s clients had a practical bath with a large functional mirror, neutral wall color and a standard look. Kara wanted to add color, pattern and shimmer while transforming the room. First, the large mirror comes off!

Staining the Walls with Blue and Green


After troweling the feature wall with concrete, she used Rit Fabric Dye to add an ombre, ocean-like color treatment to the surface.  She painted green and blue hues together and blended them with a rag.

Stenciling with Flash Blue Metallic Paint | Kara PaslayFlash Blue Metallic Paint on Bath Feature WallUsing a scallop stencil from Royal Design Studio, she added pattern to the wall with the sheer Flash Blue from our Metallic Paint Collection.  As you can see, it gives a beautiful iridescent feel over the surface. Kara continued using the Flash Blue over the entire wall. Her goal was to create a fish scale tile look with a watery effect without installing a single piece of tile.

Faux Tile Stenciled Wall with Flash Blue Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Project by Kara PaslayBefore & After Bath Transformation with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Gorgeous Bath with Faux Scallop Fish Scale Tiles and Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Project by Kara PaslayWhat do you think of the results? We think it’s absolutely gorgeous!  The pairing of the lustruous Flash Blue Metallic Paint and a haute scalloped pattern are right on trend.  The bath is now fresh, fun and unexpected – Kara designed a winner! She shares, “I really love how the metallic paint causes the pattern to have movement.  As you walk through the room, the light catches the metallic paint at different angles and becomes more pronounced or more subdued.”  Please be sure to check in with her ombre, metallic fish scale feature wall project post on her blog for complete details. Tell us – are you inspired to try this DIY for yourself?

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Inspiring Doors of Europe

Doorways offer so many possibilities – they could be an entrance to an incredible space, the entryway to the warmth of family or a path into the unexpected, to name a few.  We love incredible doors and it’s part of the reason we recently introduced our amazing Front Door Paint with 24 colors based on the Emotional Color Wheel. We also love historic doors and we found several European beauties to share with you. Care to cross the threshold with us?

Ornamental Door in ParisThis is a gorgeous ornamental coral door in the historic Parisian district of Le Marais. If you like this beautiful shade, our Cheerful or Motivated Front Door Paint would be up your alley!

Art Nouveau-inspired door in Brussels, GermanyRed is one of the most popular colors for a front door. What do you think of this shape and shade?  Not all reds are the same so we have three reds to choose from – Ambitious, Sophisticated and Passionate – in our Front Door Paint line. Photographed by Berend.

Green Doorway in Bremen, GermanyGreen and Orange are secondary colors and work well for this entrance in Bremen, Germany. For this hue, we recommend Fortunate, Natural and Successful as your Front Door Paint Color choices.

Beautiful Yellow Door in PortugalPortugal is a breathtaking country and their doors are no less striking.  Here’s a bright yellow to add sunshine to your day!  If you are considering a bold front door and like sunny shades, consider Happy, Optimistic and Confident – three yellow colors that are sure to delight.

Incredible Patinated Oxidized Door in SpainYou can always have an oxidized finish for your door! This grand entrance, photographed by Hans van den Berg, is in Spain and makes you wonder what awaits behind the patinated portal.  You can recreate this look to a T with our Metal Effects products.

Stunning Doorway in Venice, ItalyVenice. Incredible city, incredible details. This doorway clearly showcases how weathered paint and distressed patinas mix easily to create wonderful surfaces.

Lavendar Lilac Parisian DoorPerhaps a touch of plum or a regal purple for you? This tall doorway in Paris’ Palais-Royal, photographed by M Jack, has incredible charm and might be your inspiration! Radiant Orchid was Pantone’s Color of the Year and if you love lilacs and lavenders too, try our Front Door Paint in either Spiritual, Playful or Spontaneous.

Paris Door with Hardware and Embedded DesignsParis also comes in brown – and patinas! This lovely door was photographed by Nichole Robertson. Want to recreate it? Our Metal Effects Rust finish is the key to this treatment.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the visual tour of these gorgeous European entrances. Tell us – have you been inspired to enhance all your doors with color?

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