New Look: Exterior Door Trends for Every Style

As we head into fall, the changes all around us can inspire us to make changes around our home, too. A new front door, for example, can transform the entire look of a home. From elegant custom wood entries and bold paint colors to the latest ways to use decorative glass and windows, here are some of our favorite ways to update an entry.


Go Bold


The trend of bright, bold front doors is here to stay, and Modern Masters® front door paint guarantees an eye-catching welcome. The company created their color palette by utilizing the emotional color wheel and the latest in color and home design trends from around the world. Take advantage of the lovely fall weather with this project. If you’re repainting an existing door, keep in mind you’ll need to have that door open for a few hours, so start in the morning and enjoy the weather while you work. And if you’re planning to paint a replacement door, JELD-WEN Smooth-Pro Fiberglass doors arrive primed and ready to paint—with dozens of different designs to choose from.


The Look of Rich, Rustic Wood: From Fiberglass to Wood

Whether you have a quaint cottage, a contemporary condo, or a palatial Mediterranean-inspired estate, a beautiful wood entry door will never go out of style. Your selection of woodgrain, stain, glass, hardware, and more from a large variety of options can create an almost custom look that complements your architectural style. If you like the look of wood for your front door, you actually have a choice of material: wood or fiberglass.


Our IWP® Aurora® fiberglass doors are made by hand. Through a special process, they replicate the woodgrain of the species chosen; artisans then add knots and character marks to achieve an authentic appearance. Custom touches, like the iron speakeasy grille shown here, are also available. Aurora doors offer the rich beauty and warmth of wood with the durability and low maintenance of fiberglass.


For a contemporary entrance, our Architectural™ Collection is a premium line of fiberglass doors and matching fiberglass components—like the sidelites shown here— featuring an authentic woodgrain replication made possible by smart, modern technology. Each door begins by hand selecting the most beautiful pieces of wood to build a real wood door. A silicone casting then picks up the woodgrain, and with MasterGrain’s NVD technology, the finest details are transferred into a door mold, atom-by-atom. The result is a fiberglass door that replicates natural woodgrain characteristics and is virtually indistinguishable from real wood.



If wood is the best choice for you, make your decision based on the grain pattern, not the color. Each wood species has a different grain and accents and a unique appearance. A Custom™ Wood door is handmade. Our craftsmen touch every detail and spend weeks creating just one door. The four most popular woods used are oak, mahogany, knotty alder (shown here), and Douglas fir. After choosing the type of wood for your door, you can then select its color from a variety of stains.


Made from mahogany, these custom Craftsman doors each feature a trio of divided lites that complement the architectural style of the home. The rich stain accentuates the beauty of the woodgrain, upgrading this entryway from simple to stunning.


A grand home deserves an equally grand entrance, like these custom mahogany doors. The doors’ interlocking circles make a bold, graphic statement, while the dark stain stands out against the otherwise neutral home.


Pattern Meets Personality: Decorative Glass

Decorative glass creates an ornate entry. There are so many options from which to choose — texture, pattern, color, amount of transparency — to craft a distinct look for your door. You also have choices when it comes to the shape and placement of the glass within and around your door. (Think beyond squares and half circles.) You can opt for a door that’s mostly glass or choose a style that lets in only a hint of light.


After you choose your shape and layout, you have another decision to make: What kind of glass? Beveled glass creates a prism pattern when the sun hits. Textures such as a rippled or sanded effect give glass a dimensional look and reduce transparency (for increased privacy.) You can also add a tint to your glass. Many of our exterior doors are available with coordinating sidelites for a truly impactful presentation.


The design possibilities are endless with JELD-WEN® exterior doors. Start here to transform your entry.