22 front doors that inspire a colourful coat of paint

Yellow, orange, dark blue and even a burnished gold, these colourful front doors set a cheery tone before you step inside

Having a bold front door is a popular choice at the moment – there’s a reason why the pastel front doors in Notting Hill regularly make their way onto Instagram posts. A bright colour can add a sense of fun and is easy to change if you tire of it.

First impressions really do count, says Dulux Colour and Design specialist Davina Harper.

“A colourful front door is a great way to add personality to your home,” she says. “Especially if you have played it safe with the colours you’ve used in the rest of your home, or if you live in a place where many of the houses look similar.”

When choosing a colour Davina suggests first considering the colours already featured in your home (as your front door should complement these). Then, select a colour you love.

If you’re still stuck on what colour to paint your front door, take a walk around the neighbourhood, says Davina. Or, search ‘colourful front doors’ on Pinterest to see what hues take your fancy. Narrow your choices down by ordering colour swatches of your favourite colours and blu-tac them to your door.

Find a treasure trove of front-door inspiration below

The pinks

Nicknamed ”The Gingerbread House‘, a pastel pink front door is just a teaser for all the candy-coloured tones inside. Photography: Nikole Ramsay

This homeowner had always dreamed of a statement front door and had it spray-painted for $500. Photography: The Virtue

Lockwood home Christmas, Primm Gardens flower farmThe lightest shade of pink works beautifully with the vine and potted plants at this front door. Photography: Helen Bankers

This pink front door (painted in Resene ‘Smitten’) offers a perfect counterpoint to the sleek black weatherboards and white joinery. Photography: The Virtue

This pink door is painted in Dulux Pohutu Geyser.

This peach front door is the perfect starting note at this relaxed, boho home. Photography: Helen Bankers

The yellows

Primary colours punctuate this home, starting with the cheerful front door.

Photography: Armelle Habib

Photography: Alana Landsberry

In a house peppered with accents of yellow, it makes sense that the front door would hero this buttery hue. Photography: The Virtue

Mustard yellow welcomes visitors to this cute little home. Photography: Helen Bankers

Photography: Katherine Jamison

The blues

Photography: Martina Gemmola

Photographer: Tess Kelly

colourful front doors, blue front doorWeatherboards painted in Dulux Manorburn; trim in Okarito; door painted in Dulux Lake Taylor

The reds

With its chic black cladding and bright red door, this Waiheke home makes a statement.

Photographer: Scott Hawkins

The front door of this Devonport unit creates a great first impression. Photography: Helen Bankers

The greens

Photographer: Martina Gemmola

Forest green is the perfect shade for this restored mid-century gem in Christchurch.

Photographer: Scott Hawkins

Photographer: Scott Hawkins

Words: Bea Taylor

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