10 Colorful Front Doors + Plant Pairings
We're smitten with these summery, color-clad doors and their complementary warm-weather blooms.
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Paint: Sunny Yellow + Sage Trim
A white craftsman home exterior has never looked quite so handsome than it does here with a cheery yellow door, soft sage-green trim and terra cotta planters galore. What better spot to spend your long, summer afternoons than here?
Grow: 'Imogen' Roses
For a home with this sage and yellow color palette, we recommend elegant 'Imogen' roses — a shrub rose from English breeder David Austin. This gorgeous bloom has a button eye, like most so-called "old roses" (a class of rose grown before hybrid teas debuted around 1867). Its cheery, lemon-yellow buds open to frilly flowers that gradually become a soft, cream color. You can expect blooms from early summer until frost.
Paint: Tulip Red
A cheery red door pops against white siding and is enhanced by chic, black trim. This charming cottage boasts a beautiful window box with matching red tulips to accentuate the bold door.
Grow: 'Red Riding Hood' Tulip
Recreate this classic color palette with the Tulipa greigii 'Red Riding Hood'. Introduced in 1953, this stunning tulip features cherry red flowers and variegated leaves which adds an ultra-sleek and chic look to your window boxes.
Paint: A Pop of Pink
This Nashville home is pretty as a picture with a pale pink door, a welcoming doormat and vibrant hydrangea blooms.
Grow: Hot Pink Hydrangea
Layer shades of pink with this frilly, fun and feminine summer bloom. Hot pink hydrangeas will liven up your porch in an instant and keep you smiling all summer long.
Paint: Mint Green
This traditional house on the bay features a classic black-and-white color scheme, with just a hint of fresh color. A brick walkway leads the way to a mint green door, adding a splash of color to the entrance of the home. Silvery lamb’s ear flank the steps for a sleek botanical touch.
Grow: Lamb's Ear
We can't help but wonder whether the homeowners in the previous slide used Tiffany's diamond and platinum-clad jewelry displays as their color palette inspiration. Recreate the luxe look with lamb's ear, as it features a totally unique, soft-to-the-touch texture and airy silver hue — an understated complement to cool-colored stoops.
Paint: Understated Teal + Matte Black
This southwestern-meets-midcentury modern front porch is as cool as it gets. A deep teal door is complemented by frosty-green succulents in modern, matte-black planters.
Grow: Sleek Succulents
Nothing says southwest style quite like cacti and a selection of classic, potted succulents. The faded green and rich purple leaves of the succulents, seen here, serve as striking accents against the teal door and warm, wood frame of the home in the previous slide.
Paint: A Classic Combination
When paired with blue siding and white molding, this vibrant yellow door becomes a bright focal point that sets a cheerful tone before you even enter this home. Lush, overflowing greenery spill from yellow and red planters, adding oodles of homey-charm.
Grow: 'Autumn Belle' Azalea
Pretty pink posies add the perfect punch of contrasting color to a charming, blue and yellow home. We suggest using the 'Autumn Belle' azalea to recreate the look. Despite its name, 'Autumn Belle' is a reblooming flower that features bicolor pink flowers in spring, summer and fall.
Paint: A Slice of Lime
Statement-making much? Electric lime-green gives this contemporary home head-turning curb appeal. Rich green shrubs are planted in navy planters, effectively toning down the stoop to create a funky yet sophisticated design.
Grow: Haworthia + Aloe
Haworthia, aloe and other potted succulents are perfect potted plants for modern homes. This spiky Haworthia would be an ideal pick to create a striking pop against a dark exterior or to complement a striking lime green door.
Paint: Elegant Aqua
This contemporary porch proves that eye-popping colors can be just as elegant as your classic oak door. A light aqua blue door pops against a charcoal home and is enhanced with pretty coral and pink posies in cobalt planters.
Grow: 'Busy Bee' Rose
If you're seeking a delightful dose of color but you're tight on space, we suggest seeking out the 'Busy Bee' rose. This miniature hybrid shows exceptional resistance to cold and stands up well to summer heat and humidity. Plus, the blooms are ever-evolving — starting out apricot, peach and coral, then gradually fading to light and hot pink at the edges.
Paint: Hot Coral
Fun, fuchsia flowers are fashionable accessories for this fiery, coral-colored door. Our steal-worthy tip? Layer two fiery-hot hues, as seen here, to warm up the exterior of any less-than-eye-catching home.
Grow: African Violet
Our pick for hanging plants with vibrant blooms? Try 'Candy Fountain’ African violets. These purpley-pink blooms perform well in a shallow container or hanging basket. Plus, this trailing African violet produces double rose-pink flowers on long runners and has more than one crown. Word to the wise: just be careful not to overwater these plants. The soil should be moist but never soggy.
Paint: Timeless Turquoise
Striking, to say the least. This bold turquoise door pops against the barely-there-yellow brick and is sure to catch your eye from a mile away. Pots of snowy white blooms polish off the porch, adding just the right amount of texture and charm.
Our pick for elegant, ivory flowers was a true no-brainer. Creamy, dreamy and easy on the eyes, the gardenia is a garden classic for a reason. Pair these posies with your bright, turquoise door and enjoy the intensely-fragrant blooms on summer evenings.