Have you ever seen a front door area that makes you stop to gaze at it in admiration? What is it about that door that catches your attention? Is it the beauty of the door, the hardware adorning it, the decorative accents, or the materials used? Chances are that it is a combination of all of these elements. If you were to remove one of them, would the door still be as eye-catching and have the same charming appeal?
Choice of door
The most important factor of your entrance is your front door because this is where newcomers receive their first impressions of your home. If you were to objectively look at your front door, what would it say to you? Perhaps the paint is starting to peel or fade, or it is simply not that attractive in design. If you cringe at the thought of how your door looks, than it might be time to replace it with one that calls for attention.
The selection of your door should be made carefully, evaluating your home’s overall style, the material you want your door to be made out of, and the message that you want your door to send out to the world. If you want to do something bold, choose a door with a bright color, like red or blue, to really attract attention.
A great looking door has a nice appearance, but if it is surrounded by plainness or old pieces, it will lose its luster. Therefore, you should give some attention to the hardware near your front door. Consider adding some street numbers in the same metal finish as the metal used in your door. For example, if you own a colonial home, as several Richmond residents do, you probably have a door with a brass door knocker and handle. Emphasize the brass by hanging brass numbers next to the door or selecting a colonial-styled wall lantern in a polished brass finish.
Plants and flowers in colorful and whimsical containers always make a door seem friendly and welcoming so be sure to include a couple of pots to set on either side of your door or at the entrance to your porch. Again, you want to select planters that will complement your front door while also adding the kind of charm that you are looking for. Let’s say that your home is decorated with a country style interior and you want to echo this look on your front entry area. You could select planters that are in the shape of small animals, or that are simple terra-cotta pots to emphasize the simplicity of country life.
Your front door should be the star of your home, and as the star, it deserves special attention. You can give it that attention by adding decorative pieces that draw the eye to your front door, such as wreaths, wooden signs, a small chair by the door, or metal outdoor wall art. The decorative pieces should reflect your home’s style but it is important not to over decorate the door as this can make your home’s entrance look cluttered. Choose a couple of pieces that you feel will show off your front door and send a welcoming message to visitors.