Get Inspired by These Ideas for Craftsman Style Homes

Paige Bennett
Written by Paige Bennett
Updated May 2, 2022
 Gray house with small porch
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Chic curb appeal and welcome-home vibes await with these ideas for craftsman front doors

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When you picture the craftsman-style house of your dreams, you probably imagine neat trim, a cozy front porch, and a door that welcomes you home daily. Because this style of home is so charming and iconic, it deserves a front door that lives up to the craftsman name. That could mean solid wood materials, bold colors, or eye-catching designs. 

No matter your personal style, you can find or design a door to match your craftsman home. Just turn to these sources of inspiration ranging from vibrant and trendy to classic and timeless.

1. Set a Serene Scene With Earth Tones

Two and a half story craftsman home with green siding
Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Chance Custom Homes

Craftsman homes offer charm and simplicity, and this project is no exception. The classic wood door creates an earthy feel when paired with the pale-green siding and white trim. The warmth of the wood stands out from a distance, and it even matches the neighbor’s fence for a cohesive look.

“It was styled after an original Arts and Crafts Home that we adored,” designer Jen Hill of Jeff Chance Custom Homes said. “We feel like most new builds these days lack the character and craftsmanship of these awesome houses of yesteryear, and we do our best to recreate them and put our versions back into the market.”

2. Go Bold

House with black front door and white decorations
Photo: Courtesy of budgetsavvyfarmhouse

For her craftsman-style home, Steph went with a bold, black paint for the front door and sidelight windows. White trim adds a stark contrast, but the whole area is tied together with a stone backdrop in various shades of gray. From there, a black-and-white sign brings more contrast, while colorful, seasonal plantings add a pop of color to this porch.

3. When in Doubt, Order Custom

Entryway with a wooden custom door
Photo: Courtesy of Stalwart Builders LLC

If simply adding a fresh coat of paint to your craftsman front door isn’t doing the trick, you might want to order a custom door instead. This example creates a serene entryway. The natural wood door has character thanks to the knots of the wood, and it matches the wood flooring and stairs. Paired with neutral paint and white trim, the entry is a blank slate for any style of decor. As for the exterior, this light-colored wood door will work with just about any craftsman exterior, whether it’s a trendy greige, bold and colorful, or something in between.

4. Restore Your Front Door

Craftsman door made of wood and iron
Photo: Courtesy of NELA Homes - Real Estate

For a truly authentic craftsman-style home, salvage a craftsman door and restore it to its former glory, as is the case for this stunning front door made of wood and iron. Narrow glass panels add lighter elements to the heavy, solid-slab door and dark, iron decorative features. The natural wood is complemented by the untouched wood window frames and contrasted with the beige home with bright, blue trim.

5. Choose Your Favorite Color

Light pink front door with white frame
Photo: Courtesy of Alieta Casey

If your home’s exterior has neutral paint, why not have some fun with the front door's color? This slate-gray home with white trim gets a burst of personality thanks to a light-pink front door. Homeowner and designer Alieta Casey then ties it all together with a graphic welcome mat and sign hanging on the front door.

6. Draw Inspiration From the Landscape

Craftsman home with orange and blue siding
Photo: Courtesy of greatlakesgoldengirl

This orange-and-blue craftsman home has a bold look that still blends seamlessly with its surroundings. The front door is a deep orange that matches the orange paint at the top of the home. These orange elements complement the autumnal tree in the front yard, while the blue home with white trim matches the sky. It’s an interesting color palette without feeling too busy or distracting.

7. Decorative Glass Adds a Unique Touch

Craftsman front door with decorative glass
Photo: Courtesy of Francis-Schulze Company

This sleek, wood door features some modern elements for contrast, like a narrow, matte-black handle. The dentil shelf is a common feature for craftsman-style doors, lending the perfect detail for a craftsman home. What makes this door really stand out is the decorative glass. It’s simple, with some frosted areas lined by thin, black panes to mirror the handle, but these small details come together for a door that stands out.

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