How To Choose A Front Door Color For A Brick House (With Pictures!)

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Last updated on January 13th, 2023 at 01:58 pm

What Color Should The Front Door Be On A Brick House? Find Out Here!

Wondering what color to paint the front door of your brick house? Well, look no further because I have your answer!

To choose a front door color for a brick house, first choose the color scheme you want for your home (contrasting/bold, monochromatic, or neutral) then choose the color shade you want the door to be (light, medium, or dark). Finally, choose the front door color that fits your chosen color scheme and shade.

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s break into the details further so you can easily choose a color that will complement the brick color of your house. I’ll also give tons of examples so you can see which option catches your eye the most.

Let’s dive in!

Quick Navigation: Popular Front Door Colors For Brick Houses

  1. Choose The Color Scheme For Your Front Door
  2. Choose The Color Shade For Your Front Door
  3. Popular Front Door Colors For Brick Houses
  4. Other FAQs About Front Door Colors For Brick Houses
  5. Final Thoughts
  6. Related Door Articles

Step One: Choose The Color Scheme For Your Front Door

The first step to choosing a front door color for your brick house is choosing the color scheme.

You need to decide whether you like the look of brick homes that have doors that contrast with the brick, that are the same color as the brick (monochromatic), or that are neutral in color. Starting with the overall color scheme will immediately narrow down your color choices to 2-3 that you know will go well with the color of your brick house.

Contrasting/Bold Front Door Color Schemes

Contrasting/bold front door color schemes are probably my favorite color schemes for brick houses because since brick is normally a bold color already, the opposing bold color really makes the brick look stunning and modern.

To choose a contrasting front door color, take the color of your brick (red, orange, salmon, tan, etc.) and find that color on a color wheel. Then find the color that is across from the color of your brick on the color wheel – that color is the contrasting/bold/complementary color that will go great with the color of your brick.

For example:

  • Green front doors complement red brick
  • Blue front doors complement orange brick
  • Purple front doors complement yellow brick
  • Teal front doors complement tan/beige brick
  • Blue front doors complement dark brown brick

This Sessions College color wheel calculator is fantastic for helping you find complementary, monochromatic, and split complementary colors based on the color of your brick.

The calculator might spit out too bright of shades of the complementary color, so I wouldn’t use the exact color it displays as your front door color. The idea is to get the general color (i.e. blue for orange brick) then go to the next step to choose the best color shade for your front door.

One of our rental properties is a bright orange brick house. The old front door color was a yellowy cream that just made the orange brick look dated. When we decided to repaint the front door, we went with a beautiful Royal Blue that contrasted the orange brick perfectly. (I used Rustoleum’s Gloss Royal Blue Paint found at Amazon.)

I could have also gone with a navy blue such as In The Navy by Sherwin Williams or a teal blue such as Conner’s Lakefront by Sherwin Williams or a more muted blue such as Endless Sea by Sherwin Williams.

I normally don’t choose such bold colors (especially for rentals), but this Royal blue immediately gave this ugly, orange brick a more modern facelift.
Any of these darker, more muted blues or blue-greens would have looked stunning on this orange brick.

Monochromatic Front Door Color Schemes

If the bold/contrasting color scheme is too much color for your taste, then you might love the monochromatic color scheme.

Sometimes leaning into the bright color of the brick is the way to go. If you have red brick, then choosing a red front door in a different color shade can make the entire home feel high-end and elegant.

There’s something about a monochromatic color scheme that just screams classy. Probably because it’s a color scheme that keeps reoccurring throughout history.

To achieve this color scheme, use the color of your brick as the color of your front door as well.

For example:

  • Burgundy front doors go well with red brick
  • Burnt orange/terracotta front doors go well with orange brick
  • Mustard front doors go well with yellow brick
  • Dark brown front doors go well with tan/beige brick
  • Light brown front doors go well with dark brown brick

If I had wanted a monochromatic color scheme for our orange brick house, then I would have chosen Spicy Hue by Sherwin Williams or Fireweed by Sherwin Williams.

Deep and muted oranges and reds look fantastic on an orange brick if you’re going for a monochromatic color scheme!

Neutral Front Door Color Schemes

Contrasting and monochromatic front doors still might be too much for you if you have a bright brick color. If that’s the case then a neutral front door color is the color scheme for you and your brick home.

Neutral colors such as various shades of black, white, grey, beige, and greige are timeless and go well with any color brick. If you want a color that you will be happy with for years, then I highly recommend choosing a neutral front door color.

For example:

  • Black front door
  • Gray front door
  • White front door
  • Beige/greige front door

All of these colors go well with red, orange, salmon, yellow, gray, tan, brown, or any other color brick.

If I had wanted a neutral color scheme to tone down the bright orange on our brick house, then I would have chosen Tricorn Black, Quest Gray, or Pure White by Sherwin Williams.

Neutral front doors are timeless and go with even the brightest of brick colors!

Once you know the overall color scheme and color you want to use, it’s time to move on to the next step.


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Step Two: Choose The Color Shade For Your Front Door

The next step to choosing a front door color for your brick house is choosing the color shade.

Now that you’ve got the front door color picked out (i.e. blue for orange brick), we have narrowed down the color selection significantly. To narrow the color choices down further, you need to decide whether you like the look of brick homes that have doors that are darker in color, lighter in color, or are a similar color shade to the brick.

Once you choose the color shade, you will be left with only a few paint swatches to choose from.

Light Or Dark Front Door Color Shades

If you want your door to stand out compared to the brick (regardless of the color scheme you chose above), then the easiest way to select the color shade is to choose the opposite of the brick.

If your brick is lighter, choose a dark shade for the front door. Or if your brick is a darker color, choose a light shade for the front door.

For our rental front door, the orange brick is on the lighter/medium color shade side and I really wanted the door to be the focal point, so I went with a medium/dark color shade of blue on the front door.

If I had wanted a lighter color shade of blue, I could have gone with Sleepy Blue By Sherwin Williams. Or I could have gone really dark blue with In The Navy By Sherwin Williams.

Personally, I like the look of dark color shades on most front doors. But both shades can look fantastic!

Medium Front Door Color Shades

Alternatively, if the color shade of your brick falls somewhere in the middle, then you can go either lighter or darker. Or if you want to really lean into the monochromatic look, then try to find a front door color shade that almost matches the brick color shade.

The best medium orange color that would have gone well with our brick color is Robust Orange by Sherwin Williams.

When done right, monochromatic front doors and brick houses can look sleek, modern, and high-end! The secret is the oranges have to be almost identical or you have to go with a different color (i.e. red front door with orange brick). If the oranges are close but not identical, then it might make the brick and front door clash.

Once you have your chosen color scheme and color shade, head to the paint swatch section in your department store and find a color that fits both choices!

Pro Tip: When looking at paint swatches, look at the darkest shade on the swatch to determine if you like the color. If you do, then you can go up a few shades on the swatch to get the shade that you want. This technique will help you avoid picking a color with an undertone you don’t like.

Do you know how some whites pull yellow while others pull blue depending on the lighting? Looking at the darkest shade on the swatch will help you see if the color you’re choosing will pull one way or another!

Still having a hard time picking a front door color for your brick house? Well, you’re in luck! I’ve chosen several front door colors for each color of brick to help you get a visual of which pairing you might like best!

Below is a montage of pictures showcasing various front door and brick pairings along with my front door color recommendations to help you be confident in your color selection. And remember, the front door is the one area in the house where most people expect them to be bold and colorful. So don’t be afraid to let your personality shine!

Popular Front Door Colors For Red Brick Houses

Popular front door colors for red brick houses are complementary colors (green or green-blues), monochromatic colors (red, burgundy, purple), or neutral colors (black, white, gray, beige).

Note: All showcased front door colors in the pictures are from Sherwin Williams

Complementary Front Door Colors For Red Brick Houses

Complementary: Green front door on red brick
Complementary: Green front door on red brick
Complementary: Dark deal front door on red brick
Complementary: Blue front door on red brick
Complementary: Navy blue front door on red brick

Monochromatic Front Door Colors For Red Brick Houses

Monochromatic: Red front door on red brick | Photo by Erik Mclean
Monochromatic: Brown / dark red front door on red brick
Monochromatic: Burgundy / dark purple front door on red brick

Neutral Front Door Colors For Red Brick Houses

Neutral: Black front door on red brick
Neutral: Gray front door on red brick
Neutral: White front door on red brick

Popular Front Door Colors For Salmon Brick Houses

Popular front door colors for salmon brick houses are complementary colors (green or green-blue), monochromatic colors (purple, burgundy, or pink), or neutral colors (black, white, gray, beige).

Complementary Front Door Colors For Salmon Brick Houses

Complementary: Green front door on salmon brick
Complementary: Dark teal front door on salmon brick
Complementary: Blue front door on salmon brick

Monochromatic Front Door Colors For Salmon Brick Houses

Monochromatic: Dark purple/burgundy front door on salmon brick
Monochromatic: Pink/fuschia front door on salmon brick

Neutral Front Door Colors For Salmon Brick Houses

Neutral: Black front door on salmon brick
Neutral: Gray front door on salmon brick
Neutral: White front door on salmon brick | Photo by Laura Tancredi

Popular Front Door Colors For Orange Brick Houses

Popular front door colors for orange brick houses are complementary colors (blue or green-blue), monochromatic colors (orange, rust, burgundy, or pink), or neutral colors (black, white, gray, beige).

Complementary Front Door Colors For Orange Brick Houses

Complementary: Navy blue, turquoise, blue front door on orange brick
Complementary: Royal blue front door on orange brick

Monochromatic Front Door Colors For Orange Brick Houses

Monochromatic: Dark orange, dark red front door on orange brick
Monochromatic: Orange front door on orange brick

Neutral Front Door Colors For Orange Brick Houses

Neutral: Black, gray, white front door on orange brick

Popular Front Door Colors For Yellow Brick Houses

Popular front door colors for yellow brick houses are complementary colors (purple, pink, or purple-blue), monochromatic colors (yellow, mustard, orange, brown), or neutral colors (black, white, gray, beige).

Complementary Front Door Colors For Yellow Brick Houses

Complementary: Dark purple-blue front door on yellow brick
Complementary: Dark purple-pink front door on yellow brick
Complementary: Pink/fuchsia front door on yellow brick

Monochromatic Front Door Colors For Yellow Brick Houses

Monochromatic: Yellow-brown (honey oak) wood front door on yellow brick | Photo by Tirachard Kumtanom
Monochromatic: Yellow front door on yellow brick
Monochromatic: Brown front door on yellow brick

Neutral Front Door Colors For Yellow Brick Houses

Neutral: Black front door on yellow brick
Neutral: Gray front door on yellow brick
Neutral: White front door on yellow brick

Popular Front Door Colors For White Brick Houses

Popular front door colors for white brick houses are any bright color (yellow, teal, peach, royal blue, etc), monochromatic colors (white, gray, or beige), or neutral colors (black, white, gray, beige).

Complementary Front Door Colors For White Brick Houses

Complementary: Teal front door on white brick | Photo by Maria Orlova
Complementary: Coral / salmon front door on white brick
Complementary: Yellow front door on white brick

Monochromatic Front Door Colors For White Brick Houses

Monochromatic: Beige front door on white brick
Monochromatic: Greige front door on white brick
Monochromatic: Silver front door on white brick

Neutral Front Door Colors For White Brick Houses

Neutral: Black front door on white brick
Neutral: Gray front door on white brick
Neutral: White front door on white brick

Popular Front Door Colors For Tan/Beige/Brown Brick Houses

Popular front door colors for tan/beige brick houses are complementary colors (teal, turquoise, or yellow-blue), monochromatic colors (white, cream, beige, or brown), or neutral colors (black, white, gray, or beige).

Complementary Front Door Colors For Tan/Beige/Brown Brick Houses

Complementary: Teal front door on tan/beige/brown brick
Complementary: Turquoise front door on tan/beige/brown brick
Complementary: Blue front door on tan/beige/brown brick

Monochromatic Front Door Colors For Tan/Beige/Brown Brick Houses

Monochromatic: Beige front door on tan/beige/brown brick
Monochromatic: Greige front door on tan/beige/brown brick
Monochromatic: Dark greige/brown front door on tan/beige/brown brick

Neutral Front Door Colors For Tan/Beige/Brown Brick Houses

Neutral: Black front door on tan/beige/brown brick
Neutral: Gray front door on tan/beige/brown brick
Neutral: White front door on tan/beige/brown brick | Photo by Lina Kivaka

  • Contrasting/Bold – teals*, turquoise, and other yellow blues, blue-greens, blue*
    • Light – light green or light blue
    • Medium – olive green or steel blue
    • Dark – forest green or navy
  • Monochromatic
    • Light – cream
    • Medium – brown, beige
    • Dark – dark brown, dark beige
  • Neutral – white, cream, beige, gray, dark brown, black
    • Light – white/cream
    • Medium – gray/beige
    • Dark – charcoal/black/dark brown

Popular Front Door Colors For Gray Brick Houses

Popular front door colors for gray brick houses are any bright color (yellow, teal, peach, royal blue, etc), monochromatic colors (white, gray, or black), or neutral colors (black, white, gray, beige).

Complementary Front Door Colors For Gray Brick Houses

Complementary: Red front door on gray brick | Photo by Lina Kivaka
Complementary: Coral/salmon front door on gray brick
Complementary: Teal front door on gray brick
Complementary: Royal blue front door on gray brick

Monochromatic Front Door Colors For Gray Brick Houses

Monochromatic: Silver gray front door on gray brick
Monochromatic: Charcoal gray front door on gray brick

Neutral Front Door Colors For Gray Brick Houses

Neutral: Black front door on gray brick
Neutral: Gray front door on gray brick
Neutral: White front door on gray brick

Other FAQs About Front Door Colors For Brick Houses

Here are some other frequently asked questions about front door colors to help you choose the best color for your brick house.

Should Front Doors Be Lighter Or Darker Than The House?

Front doors look the best when they are the opposite color of the house because the color shade difference creates contrast. If the house is a dark color, go with a lighter-colored front door. If the house is a light color, go with a darker-colored front door.

What Colors Go Well With Brick Exterior?

Complementary colors look best on a brick exterior. For example, green doors go best with red brick, blue doors with orange brick, purple doors with yellow brick, black doors with white brick, etc. Or use a neutral color (white, gray, black, tan/cream).

How Do You Paint A Metal Front Door?

Now that you’ve chosen your new front door color, it’s time to paint your front door! Check out my other article here for all of the supplies you’ll need and my best tips and tricks for painting a metal front door without removing it.

Final Thoughts On Choosing Front Door Colors For Brick Houses

There you have it!

Choosing a front door color for a brick house can seem daunting at first, but when broken down, it’s only two simple steps!

Personally, I’m a fan of black or bold color schemes for brick because it makes the dated brick color appear more modern. But you choose the look you like best based on my examples and run with it!

Your new front door color will make the exterior of your home look brand new.

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How To Choose A Front Door Color For A Brick House (With Pictures!)

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