Our featured house is clad in a terra-cotta-hued brick that works well as a neutral because it has a good bit of brown in it, which softens the vibrancy of the orange. It therefore can handle a surprisingly diverse number of fun colors, such as a happy yellow front door and indigo blue shutters.
The house is perfect as is, but I wanted to illustrate how, by simply changing out the front door and shutter colors, a completely different look can be achieved. What’s more, this approach only requires two cans of paint — one for the front door, and one for the shutters and windows.
1. Go for the glam. Similar to how lipstick and eye makeup play up facial features, a bold front door and window shutter or trim color help define and call attention to these elements on a home. This is a bright hot pink on the door, but because the brick is also a warm color, it isn’t as jarring as if the siding was a cooler hue, such as green or blue. The almost-black shutters add an elegant edge.
2. Got the greenish-blues. An easy way to coordinate your window trim or shutter color with a bold front door hue is to pick a shade for the shutters that is a few notches darker and has a touch of gray or brown in it, which helps neutralize it. This tropical blue front door color could be intense in larger amounts, but the deeper teal on the shutters tones the look down while keeping it colorful and fresh.
Get the look: Front door in Spring Purple and shutters in Newburyport Blue, both from Benjamin Moore
4. Warmly orange. For those who prefer warm hues, here’s an option in orange and taupe. It’s a bold orange but is tempered somewhat by the orange tones in the brick. A medium cool brown color for the shutters is a great neutral alternative to black or true brown.