The Most Popular Front Door Styles and Designs

Make a statement with a door that fits your personal style and the exterior of your home.

Photo by: David Papazian

David Papazian

No feature of a home says “Welcome” quite like a beautiful and inviting front door. Thankfully today there are a variety of styles from which to choose — ensuring you’ll find just the look and design you desire. What’s more, each of the styles listed below should have options available in wood and fiberglass — the two most commonly used door materials. You may also find metal options — another often sought-after material. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular styles on the market. 


Classic-style doors may feature raised panels in any number from two to twelve. They may also feature glass inserts with scrollwork or colored panes. These styles are traditionally available in wood, metal and fiberglass options that are pre-hung and ready to install after purchase. Custom options for traditional doors are also available. This can be especially helpful if you are looking to achieve a particular design or if you live in a home that does not have standard size door openings. 


Hugely popular for many homes—from cottages to spacious mountain retreats — Craftsman style doors are made from wood or fiberglass and often feature straight lines with a Shaker-inspired look. Craftsman doors could feature one window at the top with stained glass or black- or wood-outlined panes and two or three rectangular-shaped raised panels across the bottom. Another popular option for Craftsman doors is a large glass insert (in the same style as mentioned above) that offers a more generous view of the outdoors. As with the other styles, custom options are available. 


Straight, sleek lines are also a frequently found component in modern-style front doors yet they are used in a fashion that separates them from Craftsman style doors. Additionally, you may find blocked or square raised panels or panes of frosted or translucent glass. Minimalistic in their manner — yet often large in size — the hardware seen on modern doors tends to follow the same style of clean lines. 


Frequently seen on cabins and homes that feature wood, stone, or brick exteriors, rustic-style doors are often made of wood. They may be arched or in the traditional rectangular form. Because many rustic doors have a thickness and a demeanor that suggests hardiness, you may find bulky, oversized hardware that accompanies them. Raised panels, scored lines and clear glass are other features commonly found on rustic doors. 


While arched doors may fit into a variety of styles including traditional, craftsman and rustic, their curved design gives them a distinctive look and appeal. These doors will more than likely be special order or custom-made to fit your home’s exact specifications. The curved style offers an eye-catching architectural feature with loads of charm.

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