If you know anything about home decor, you know it’s important to combine materials and features that complement each other. Your home’s exterior look, for instance, is made up of a variety of features that need to blend well together if you want to achieve an attractive look.

This starts with your door and extends to almost every other feature on the exterior of your home. In case you want to get the best exterior look possible for your home, let’s take a look at how you can best coordinate your exterior features with your door to do so.

1. Siding

Your siding is probably the number one thing you need to get right here. Choosing a siding color that either matches or contrasts your door in the perfect way is crucial. One way to do this for those of you with a wooden door or a darker colored door is to look at rustic siding options. These are especially chic right now and will mesh together to give your home an earthy, natural look.

2. Matching Window Trim/Window Pane

One low-key way to compliment your home’s door is by matching the exterior window trim or the window panes to it. This is a subtle way to achieve a perfectly balanced exterior style without being too over-the-top about it. There are benefits to a bold approach as well, but for those of you who want to use a gentle touch with your exterior design, using window trim ideas to compliment your door is a great option.

3. Roof Color

Most people have black, asphalt shingles, but there are other options out there as well. If you want to use the color of your roof as a design element, you should consider opting for synthetic cedar shingles or even natural cedar shake roofing as an alternative. These roofing materials work especially well with lighter-colored doors and can do a lot to bring balance to your exterior design.

4. Driveway

One especially inventive way to add some style to your home’s exterior and coordinate with your door is to replace your regular gravel or concrete driveway with a permeable paver option.

Gravel that’s been stabilized with permeable pavement looks much cleaner and compliments any door far more than unstabilized gravel, concrete, or asphalt. You can even opt for crushed limestone, bluestone, or a variety of different aggregates that would compliment your door better than gravel.

5. Exterior Design Starts with Your Door

When it comes to building the perfectly balanced and coordinated approach to exterior design, you need to make sure that some, if not all of your exterior features go well with your door.

By blending the driveway, window panes/trim, siding, and/or roof color with your door, you can fashion an exterior that will look amazing and even raise the value of your home. If you want to create the perfect outer look for your home, focus on coordinating the exterior features seamlessly with your front door.


Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.