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How to choose a door for a house with black cladding

The ‘black house’ has certainly grown in popularity recently. Be it with black larch cladding or Shou Sugi Ban – the original Japanese Cedar cladding that is burnt to beautify, waterproof and preserve wood.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to black cladding and choosing a front door:

  1. Match it
  2. Don’t match it

This seems rather simple at first glance!

If you like the idea of a more "hidden" entrance and adding a bit of mystery to the frontage, then matching your front door to the cladding makes sense. 

But if you really want to make your entrance door stand-out, not matching it to your cladding gives you a number of possibilities to create a truly showstopping facade.  

So if you find yourself landing in the second school of thought and are thinking about NOT matching your front door to your black cladding, then we're keeping it simple for you. Check out our top 4 ideas below to help you make the decision.


here a striking yellow door really makes a statement against the black cladding

1. Be Bold

Take advantage of the neutrality of black cladding and opt for a contrasting, eye-catching entrance door.

Primary colours really stand out with a black frame, so choosing a really striking yellow, pink, blue or green would create a bold statement.

not matching the door can create a stunning frontage

2. Opposites attract

Choosing a different hardwood texture and look for your door like oak or iroko differentiates and gives your door an identity all of its own.

Changing up the design of the door to either match the cladding - or not - creates further impact.  

3. "Wow" finishes

Using bronze or steel adds a wow-factor and helps make a statement entrance if you're choosing not to match your door to black cladding.

But if you find yourself erring back towards matching, you could do this and then use a bronze or different coloured handle to create impact instead. Take inspiration from the 2nd house in our gallery that combines a weathered (corten) steel canopy with a long, stainless steel handle.

black cladding moodboards

4. We're here to help - with moodboards!

Great design is one of the foundations of Urban Front and we know that visualising choices can make the process much easier to manage - and decisions much easier to make.

We offer a free moodboard service to help bring your ideas to life (and which can also include photoshopping our door onto your CGI or coloured render, if available). 

This is a quick way to check if what you are thinking will work and you may be surprised by the end results!

Need help on something else? No problem, we welcome new ideas and requests for guidance on any door-related needs and can offer the same service on other frontage options.

Ready to discuss doors and black cladding?

We're here to help you find the perfect door and have lots of ideas on helping you achieve the look you want for your home or project.

Give us a call on 01494 778 787 or contact us here and one of our expert team will be happy to walk you through the options.

More door inspiration

To match or not to match - check out these articles for more ideas on matching doors in your home.