Give me a can of black paint and I’m a happy woman. Black paint is pretty much my answer for any space that just needs something. It makes almost anything that feels outdated or tired instantly more modern and interesting. A couple of weekend for taping + painting + then razor blading any marks on glass and these beauties were transformed. Despite a few hangups, I’m absolutely obsessed with the results of these painted black front doors!
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I’m really loving all the contrast the black paint provides here – with the white house and green plants. It now feels warmer and inviting!
The soft sagey green painted by the previous owner was pretty in its own right, but it didn’t quite fit my style and didn’t offer the contrast I love. It also felt a little flat to me…
Black Front Doors
So, after cleaning, prepping, and taping (which always takes wayyy longer than I think it will), I got to work painting!
Best Black Paint for Front Doors
For these doors, I used Sherwin Williams Exterior Paint in a Matte Finish in Tricorn Black. It’s one of my go to black paint colors. For a softer black, I look to Iron Ore. Check out my side by side black paint comparison to see how these two colors match up.
I was tempted to splurge on styling, but to be honest, I really prefer to make do with what I have.
- Planters with Stand – these initially came with a brass base, but I loved the shape, height, & outdoor container so I just spray painted the stand!
- Black Jute Rug – I had this in the entryway way at my previous home but because it had seen better days, I moved it out here to the porch!
- It’s almost time to upgrade the welcome mat and when I do, I might opt for a longer and plain version but until then, this doormat does the job!
- While I often go for black on black hardware (check out my kitchen), I really liked the look of the existing Brushed Silver Door Handle Set so I’m keeping it!
Looking for more front porch ideas? I created a boho patio inspiration post to help get design ideas flowing! And wondering what to do with leftover black paint? Check out my 3 Simple Ways to Use Black Paint in Your Home for some easy projects.
The black front doors not only contrast well with the white house but also make greenery look extra amazing! In addition to some potted shrubs, I added some herbs including rosemary (one of my go to outdoor plants), thyme, and oregano.
How to Choose a Front Door?
After all this, you might be wondering how to choose a good front door. These double doors came with our home but in my last house, I completed replaced the existing doors. It was such a great investment!
There are a lot of variables to consider so I recommend using a front door guide to help with the process! We went with solid Douglas Fir with a mix of panels and windows for a modern but classic look.