Modernizing the exterior of your farmhouse often starts with the front door. With simple updates, you can transform your home into your dream farmhouse. An easy way to refresh the home’s look is to add eye-catching trim and front door details.

    To inspire your next project, here are seven unique farmhouse front door trim designs.

    Classic White Trim

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    Crisp white door trim provides the perfect clean outline on any color door. White has a modern feel while keeping your entry looking classic and simple. Even better — white never goes out of style, so you can keep your white trim for years without worrying it will look dated.

    If a colorful door isn’t your style, white trim also makes an excellent pairing with natural wood varieties of doors in shades of brown. The high contrast draws the eye to your door and gives your entry pops of visual interest.

    Metallic Blue and Vibrant Orange

    The mix of cool metallic blue and warm, vibrant orange is an unexpected color combination for the trim and door. It’s a bold, creative choice that makes your home stand out. This unique combo works best for modern farmhouse exteriors. The smooth metallic finish of the blue also nicely contrasts wood or textured siding.

    Black Trim for Rustic Farmhouses

    Black trim
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    There are endless options for farmhouse trim and front door ideas that will suit your style. Black trim is an ideal fit for rustic farmhouses with existing dark wood and brown color schemes. The black provides depth and ties into the home’s cozy, lived-in style. For a coordinated, polished look, paint trim on the windows, siding, and roof in the same black shade. The result is sophisticated yet still homey. You can also see our suggestions on rustic farmhouse metal roof colors.

    Forest Green Accents

    Forest Green Accents
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    Forest or olive green trim nods to nature and pairs perfectly with a brown door that has wooden accents. It gives off a real cabin-in-the-woods vibe. Surrounding outdoor plants, especially ferns, complement the lush green color. Overall, green accents create an earthy, peaceful ambiance on your covered porch entry. 

    Earth Tones for Sophistication

    Earthy tones like sage, terracotta, and mustard also bring visual appeal to farmhouse trim. Warm brown shades like cedar or clay lend a refined, elegant feel to black exteriors. Consider an earth-tone trim to provide a subtle contrast to black window trim and siding. The result is a polished, sleek look. A neutral brown color also directs attention to your front door without overwhelming it. Your entry feels tucked away and mysteriously inviting.

    Burgundy Trim Pops

    burgundy trim on windows and the front door
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    For a white farmhouse exterior, a few colors pop as beautifully as burgundy. Use rich burgundy trim on windows and the front door to add instant modern style and sophistication. Burgundy’s red undertones perfectly coordinate with black roofs and green landscaping for a majestic, European countryside feel.

    Modern Simplicity with Brown

    Farmhouse style can take on a pared-back modern look when accented with warm brown tones. A milk chocolate or beige trim subtly outlines cream doors and contrasts with white siding. The earthy color helps keep the home feeling like a farmhouse yet clean and updated. For a united palette, paint the exterior window and other trim in a coordinating cream or brown shade.

    So, Is Farmhouse Door Trim Worth It?

    Installing new trim around your front door provides huge curb appeal rewards for little effort. The small details make a noticeable impact and create an inviting entry. Farmhouse trim refreshes an exterior without major renovations. In our experience, it’s a budget-friendly update to traditional or aging features. The personalized look also reflects your style. 

    Trim protects your door from weather damage, and sealing trim insulates your entry. For older homes needing a refresh, replacing worn trim can increase energy efficiency.

    FAQs About Farmhouse Door Trim

    What are the most popular farmhouse door trim colors?

    White, black, browns, greens, blues, and grays are popular farmhouse trim colors. Crisp white has enduring appeal. Earthy greens and browns boost the welcoming feel. Black and other dark colors make a bold statement.

    What type of paint should I use?

    High-quality oil or latex exterior paints are long-lasting. Semi-gloss or high-gloss sheens make trim details pop. Priming helps paint stick, and sanding and other prep work create great results.

    How much does it cost to add new trim?

    The cost depends on your location and the trim material. Expect to spend around $6 to $12 per linear foot installed. Total costs for a standard entry door often range between $200 and $500.

    Should I paint my trim to match my door?

    Matching trim and door makes a cohesive look. Contrasting colors are bold and accent details. Consider the style you want. Use colors in the same tone family, like a black door with charcoal gray trim. Complementary hues also work well.

    How do I maintain exterior trim?

    Inspect trim yearly for damage and fix issues quickly to keep them from getting worse. Clean with mild soap and water — avoid harsh pressure washing. Re-coat fading paint every three to five years. Seal with caulk and paint to protect from moisture damage.

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