30+ Fabulous front door ideas for a more inviting entryway

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One of the design elements that make your home stand out is your front door. That’s why most people take their time going over front door ideas to find the right one fitting for their home’s style. You’ll find a range of traditional front door designs and unexpected, creative ones.

When it comes to front entrances, you should consider aesthetics and security. This means looking closely at the design and structure - from solid core doors to fully glazed ones. You may even consider a steel mesh security door or hire a handyperson to install a ring doorbell camera for added safety. 

To help you with your search, we’ve compiled a list of front door entrance ideas, from stunning architectural details to gorgeous colors. 

Front door design themes

1. Modern arches

Arches are always a classic, and doors are the perfect way to introduce the fine rounded form into your home. Contemporary arched front doors are often elegantly glazed and steel-framed, with the geometric black steel adding a modern feel. If you don't have an arched doorway, you can still incorporate arches into the door design, as we'll see further down.

2. Delicate and romantic

Another updated classic look is to have beautiful leadlight detailing in side panels and above a traditional timber door. Add a gorgeous crystal chandelier to the air of sophistication, so you have a genuinely captivating main door design.

3. Coastal front door

The modern organic coastal aesthetic lends itself perfectly to a soft pale timber door, such as a gorgeous rosewood one with a custom brass doorknob. Modern coastal front doors made of light timber provide a beautiful contrast if you have tiled walls. Coastal front doors also work well with a timber veranda. Add a statement pot plant for a serene front door setting.

4. Vintage timber doors

Restored vintage wooden doors add character to a home. They're not only a beautiful feature to admire from the exterior but also add plenty of charm to the interior of a hallway. 

5. Timber and minimalist

When it comes to modern front door ideas, minimalist is the way to go. If your home has solid materials in warm, muted tones, a natural timber front door will be suitable and will signal your interior style. Then add a contrasting black door handle as a tiny accent for a striking minimal look.

6. Heritage with a glossy black door

Heritage door with glossy black finish

There's nothing more gorgeous than a period-style door with decorative stained glass panels. Lovingly restored and painted a high gloss black, a heritage front door can have a modern edge.

7. Custom stained glass

For a truly unique front entrance, consider having custom leadlight decorative panels made. As you are involved in the design process, you could ensure the design has special significance to your family. Bespoke stained glass door panels are another opportunity to showcase your personality and create something unique.

8. Nostalgic

Feeling the ‘grand millennial' vibe lately? Satisfy that yearning for nostalgic flavored decor that recalls simpler times with a Dutch timber door painted in a pastel sorbet colour like soft pink. Add simple organic decor and throw in a floral cushion to drive home the sweet vintage feels. It makes for a lovely front entrance and if you want to see more stunning examples, here are more fabulous front porch ideas.

9. Timber love

Double timber doors

One of the classic entryway ideas is to complement the design with the outdoors. Double timber front doors are a lovely way to embrace nature and connect the outdoors with the indoors. Look for doors with a beautiful grain to add texture and interest.

10. Brick arched front door

Go for Spanish revival feels with a double-arched door in a brick facade. Painting the brick white will add even more sizzling Mediterranean flavor, while copper and brass accents in the knocker, handle, and light fittings will add timeless character.

11. Mixed textures

When you think about your home's front entrance, consider contrasting tactile materials—timber, steel, glass, concrete, slate, gravel, etc. Native plants also add texture to a setting. For more inspiration, see our front garden ideas.

12. Carved arched timber

Carved arched timber door

How about a stunning carved wooden door? It's striking, unique, and sure to make a statement inside and outside your home. If you have a decorative door on both sides, go for an all-white interior hallway. This allows the focus to remain firmly on the sculptural door.

13. Revamped entryway

If you have a front door with a color you're not super fond of, you can always get someone to strip the paint and start over with a new shade! Add this to your to-do list or book a Tasker for paint stripping services!

14. Shou sugi ban door

A simple door is transformed into a statement design element by choice of materials. More people are experimenting with shou sugi ban (charred wood) timber doors. It's striking and looks fantastic, contrasted with the pale timbers and organic materials typical of a coastal-style dwelling.

15. Modernise a heritage door

Signpost your artistic side with a vibrant front door, especially if it has a traditional, historic silhouette. Yellow is a proven knockout front door color and quirky choice for a heritage-style entryway. It looks especially pleasing paired with a soft gray facade.

16. Parisian front door ideas

Parisian style front door

If you're looking for beautiful front door design ideas, make sure you check out the hashtag #parisdoors on Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Parisian front doors are renowned worldwide for their unique style, and the colors are typically stunning, such as a metallic teal against a soft gray building facade.

17. Rustic pattern steel door

For a contemporary but timeless front entrance, geometric patterned steel and glass doors like X pattern double doors make a bold impression. Front entryways with lots of glazing are also ideal for letting large amounts of light infuse your hallway.

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18. Swinging steel doors

A pivoting steel door is an excellent idea for those who want to feel secure. A slim-profile, streamlined black doorframe with glazed panels gives a strong contemporary feel.

19. Spell out your house number

Your house number is another chance to express yourself—ever thought of spelling out the number on your door in a script rather than numerals?

20. Pivoting steel door

Another option for a pivoting door is to go for a rusted Corten steel one. This is perfect if you love an industrial look. Plus, it also looks and feels as safe as a bank vault!

21. Dutch door

Gaining in popularity in recent years is the Dutch door, which suits farmhouses, Hamptons, and coastal looks. These are usually enjoyed for their practicality because they easily keep kids and pets safe indoors while letting in the breeze. They also bring that old-world charm to your home's facade. A muted pastel usually works well, such as light blue.

Front door color ideas 

22. Black front door ideas

Black front door

Another contemporary look is minimal timber front doors with unusual, oversized knobs. A timber door suits a home built to complement a beautiful natural setting. For inspiration, check out the front door at Eaglemont Residence, designed by Kennedy Nolan.

23. Grey neutral front door

If a minimal look is for you, gray is a lovely soft neutral that will still pop nicely against most house exteriors. Extend the color to the porch, and add an oversized black pendant lamp as an excellent accent to tonally balance the gray shade.

24. Minty front door

Planning on a painted front door? For front door color ideas, apart from the usual bold hues that people often choose for a striking entrance—like postbox red, electric blue, and sunflower yellow—you might like to consider a softer pastel like sweet mint. A paler shade will be less “in your face” while still allowing you to make a style statement with saturated tones.

25. Solid black front door

A sleek, matte black double door makes a stylish entrance for a modern home, especially when paired with streamlined contemporary lights and modern planters.

26. Black timber contrasting handle

For a bold contemporary home with a gorgeous dark exterior palette, a black timber door works beautifully. You can add a contrasting timber handle to link up outside and inside.

27. White timber front door

White timber front door

Simple, minimalist timber front entrances suit contemporary homes, especially those which emphasize natural coastal materials like faded and whitewashed timbers. Opt for a Scandi-style white wood door featuring a highly modern stacked round handle.

28. Double yellow doors

For a classic Palm Springs aesthetic, go for brightly painted doors. You can have double doors in an oversized, sculptural frame. Yellow is much-loved as a front door color because of its happy vibes, and it also speaks of desert heat.

29. Sage green front door

For a modern farmhouse entrance, go for a sage-green painted front door. Add large pewter vats full of lavender, a metal pendant, and a cute welcome mat.  For front door color ideas, sage is a classic nature-inspired favorite.

30. Striking black and white

If you love a monochrome look, keep it from looking flat by playing with the texture. For example, contrast a velvety-soft-looking, matte black double door with a home's white stucco exterior.

31. Bright yellow Dutch door

Love a bold-colored front door? Yellow is a standout shade that has its ardent fans. It can look charming against soft sky blue cladding and flowering vines. Consider a Dutch door so that you can halve the dose of yellow. Dutch doors are famous for front doors thanks to their versatility—they become a hybrid door/window and have their inherent nostalgic charm.

32. Pink and gray

Pink front door

From baby pink to magenta, pink is a perennial favorite for colored front doors. If you're not afraid of going girly with candy colors, turn your doorway into a confection for the eyes, such as with a lolly pink one. Adding gray as an accent always matures the palette and brings continuity if you also have a gray hallway.

33. Pale wood door

A Hamptons-style beach house deserves a gorgeous but simple wooden door. Pale natural timber looks lovely with all the sandy whites and natural stone. You can also add a black steel awning to balance the light palette.

34. Aqua front door

Have a blinding white exterior? Give it a little definition with a burst of aqua blue paint on your front door, with silver metal fixtures for accents.

35. Teal front door

Teal front door

Having your front door painted your favorite color is an easy way to add cheer to your life. Teal is a beautiful and uncommon color to consider. Against an all-white interior, a painted door acts as a mini-feature wall and natural focal point.

36. White door with painted walls

Reverse the colored door concept. Keep your door white and paint your home exterior an appealing shade instead. A simple, clean white door with metallic fixtures can catch attention, as well.

37. Victorian with black door

Mixing black and white always makes for a striking façade—just whitewash your ornate Victorian terrace and add a punchy black door for oodles of street appeal. Keep the stained glass panels and add a minimalist security screen that doesn't detract from the door's aesthetic.

38. Peachy front door

Peach toned front door

Peach is a gorgeous and unexpected color for a front door. It works so well for a calm, neutral-toned home. It's a color that looks stunning against dark green plants, so make sure to add a few healthy specimens in containers next to the front door.

39. Two-tone Dutch doors

A wide Dutch door has a traditional character that suits a modern farmhouse aesthetic. Dutch doors let you have fun with your color palette. Just paint each side a different color, and you can bring in the other shades differently, depending on how you latch the door.

Those are the gorgeous front door ideas you can try for your home improvement project! Learn how to make a huge style statement with your home's entryway. You should also know how much it costs to install a door, so you can consider the budget to spend on your next door design!! If you need an extra pair of hands, find someone to expertly install your doors or handle any door repairs you need.

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Install light fixtures that match the exterior of your home and the design of your front door. This can make your entryway appear more inviting and charming. Vintage lanterns installed on both sides of a traditional wooden door, for instance, can be a great addition. Choose contrasting shades or decorative trim, so your door’s color will pop out more and give it more appeal.

When it comes to security and longevity, steel doors make a great option. They don't easily warp and crack compared to timber doors. If you're looking for versatility, wood is your best bet. You can choose a range of hard and softwood varieties for your front entry.

You don’t need to go over your budget to make your door look classy. A new finish can give your front entrance a refreshing look. Install new hardware, such as a brass handle or an intricate door knob. Be sure to choose handles or knobs that contrast the color of your door, so they stand out even more.

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