9 Modern Exterior Doors That Make Coming Home Feel Like a Red Carpet Event

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Whoever said "don't judge a book by it's cover" was clearly not a real estate aficionado. While we'd agree that this mantra is foolproof in most scenarios, there's no denying that curb appeal is one of the most important factors in your home's overall appeal. Aside from wanting to impress your neighbors and guests, and make a great first impression, your front door is a feature that you'll come face-to-face with day in and day out. Our opinion? It's worth some serious consideration.

Modern exterior doors make a strong statement, often incorporating features like steel, glass, geometric shapes, and sleek profiles. While they're certainly no stranger to neutrals like black and gray, they also can pack a punch with bold colors, like a glossy red or vibrant orange. Intrigued? Ahead, we're sharing nine modern exterior doors that will completely transform your home's entry.

1. Opt for an oversize door handle.

When it comes to modern exteriors, a classic door knob is far from the only option. Instead, try an oversize pull like the one pictured here from CBW Doors. The etched glass inserts subtly mimic the long, slender shape of the hardware, acting as the perfect complement.

Get the look: CBW Doors Electra, starting at $4,450

2. Add interest with geometric details.

Geometric details add a modern edge to this otherwise classic front door set-up from Door & More. Follow their lead, and flank your entrance with leafy plants for additional texture and symmetry.

Get the look: Door & More 4-Panel Contemporary Modern 3 Lite Mahogany Exterior Double Door, $3,900

3. Juxtapose traditional details.

While this mahogany door from Knockety is sleek and modern, the traditional house siding, windows, and lantern lend the perfect juxtaposition. To create this look, mix a cool shade of blue with warm wood tones for effortless balance.

Get the look: Knockety Westwood Mahogany Contemporary Door, $1,065

4. Make windows the focus.

This iron modern exterior door from Acanvaco is simple and refined, allowing the bold architecture to take center stage. Floor-to-ceiling drapery offers privacy and a touch of softness to balance the brick, concrete, and iron.

Get the look: Acanvaco Luxury Exterior Iron Pre-Hung Front Entry Door, $2,159.99

5. Inject luxury with steel-framed doors.

Steel framed doors immediately scream luxury, and while this bold look from Clark Hall Doors & Windows feels somewhat traditional at first glance, the stark black metal finish gives it a modern edge. And the cherry on top? A pair of topiaries in black planters, that seamlessly tie the two styles together.

Get the look: Clark Hall Doors & Windows Model CH-3003, request pricing

6. Add a rustic touch with wood.

Rustic accents blend effortlessly with with modern decor, and your front door is no exception. This style from CBW Doors pairs especially well with matte black hardware and modern landscaping.

Get the look: CBW Doors Frameless Premium Cut White Oak or Mahogany Wood Door, request pricing

7. Make a statement with double doors.

Why have one modern exterior door when you can have two? This double entry from Door & More immediately turns a boring doorway into a grand entrance, especially when paired with dramatic outdoor lighting.

Get the look: Door & More 96" Cube Full Lite Double Contemporary Entry Door, $7,740

8. Add a pop of color with red.

Modern doesn't mean boring, and this vibrant modern exterior door is a clear case study. Between the ultra-sleek pivot hinge, exaggerated size, and simple profile, we can't decide which is our favorite part. Pro-tip: Make sure to paint the door and the frame in the same shade for consistency.

Get the look: CBW Doors Custom Model, request pricing

9. Go matte black.

This matte black modern exterior door by FritsJurgens makes an unfussy (yet bold) statement thanks to sleek gold hardware and gray floor tile. Flank with slim windows to allow in extra light and to keep your doorway feeling bright and airy.

Get the look: FritsJurgens Exterior Pivot Door, request pricing


Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.

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