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These Were The Door Colors That Made Us Take Notice in 2020

Design Trends

The front door sets the tone for our homes and one of the first details anyone notices about the exterior of a house. Picking the right exterior color can be tricky, if not downright agonizing. Your house could end up being the favorite on the block, or a color choice could leave your house going totally unnoticed. The color of your front door is a relatively easy element of the home to change, and one that carries a huge impact. From trendy colors to classic neutrals, to warm or cool hues, here are some of the front door colors that made us take notice in 2020.

Antique Coral
With dreams of Palm Springs in Los Angeles, the homeowners of this recently renovated home opted for Antique Coral (DE5170) to make their design statement. By setting the tone with their front door, visitors won’t be surprised when they encounter a palette throughout the home that is inspired by the desert oasis city. They’ll be enveloped by colors for example like with warm corals, sandy nudes, sun-inspired yellows, and soft green-blues that evoke imagery of agave plants, and it all starts with the front door.


Photo Credit: Bethany Nauert Photography

Speaking of the desert, this La Quinta, California home made us take notice with a front door color choice that is anything but expected. Forget that pink door or those yellow doors in Palm Springs and throughout the Coachella Valley. This silky smooth gray front door in Cavernous (DE6364) emanates nothing but tranquil vibes for a weekend respite. The homeowners thought they originally wanted teal doors, but in working with a Dunn-Edwards Professional Color Advisor realized Cavernous was the hue for them.



Spring Garden
A set of front doors in Spring Garden (DE5671), a color from our Dunn-Edwards, 2021 Color + Trends report, turned this house into an Instagram favorite. It’s hard not to be drawn to this rich front door hue. The Mid-century doors were calling out to the designers for something playful, chic and lavish. This intense, yet fanciful green fit the bill and makes the perfect complement to the Los Feliz home’s desert landscaping and many cacti.



Ok, so this isn’t exactly a front door, but we’ll make an exception for these casita doors when the result is something as dreamy as this. Situated at the base of the San Jacinto mountains in Palm Springs, this estate is an exploration of modern California elegance which also pays tribute to the past. Indeed the design choices do just that. Take this milky green hue, Opaline (DEC783), which is true keeping with its namesake, inviting a vintage vibe into the room otherwise filled with modern, architectural accents.



For more helpful tips picking exterior paint colors, Dunn-Edwards color expert and stylist Sara McLean offers her exterior palette ideas here. And for more front door inspiration, reminisce over our past Palm Springs door tours.