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There’s a lot that goes into a home’s curb appeal, from the state of the roof to the symmetry of the landscaping. Fortunately, it’s the small things that make a big first impression—and put money back in your pocket. Zillow recently partnered with Thumbtack to help sellers narrow down the manageable renovations to consider before listing their home, and painting the front door was one of the must-dos. But not all hues add value, According to the real-estate site’s research, houses with a glossy black coat of exterior paint on the front door can sell for up to $6,000 more than similar homes. 

Given the average cost of an all-encompassing exterior paint job is around $2,500 and a front door refresh typically ranges between $100 and $230, investing in a quality roller and a gallon of paint is worth it. Here are four essential swatches to consider for your next reno.


The Blue-Black

Railings, Farrow & Ball

Contrary to its ironwork-inspired name, this hue is quite soft and boasts navy undertones. The brand recommends using it in a full-gloss finish on front doors to create a commanding entrance. 

The Saturated Black

Tricorn Black, Sherwin-Williams

This rich option is Studio McGee’s go-to choice for front doors, particularly ones with textured grooves and detailing that amplify its depth. 

The Traditional Black

Blacktop, Benjamin Moore

Amber Lewis’s Pacific Palisades shop is swathed in this classic pure black, which channels farmhouse vibes when paired with bronze sconces.    

The Matte Black

Limousine Leather, Behr

For a smooth, buttery finish, try this pick in the company’s Marquee flat finish. Design blogger Ashley Petrone says the smooth coating repels dust and doesn’t fade in the sun. Don’t knock it till you try it. 


This story was originally published in August 2020 and has since been updated.