Thursday, January 23, 2014

Make a statement with your front door

The front door gives the first impression of any home. Take advantage of this opportunity by dressing it up and showing off your personality with these inspiring ideas. 

Bold color

For traditional architectural styles in particular, it is best to choose a door finish, hardware and trim that fits the same style.

A budget-friendly way to update your main entryway is by simply repainting the front door with a bold new color. Choosing a color for your front door may seem easy, but it’s not just about choosing your favorite color. You should also consider your house’s architectural style. For instance, a neon green door won’t work with a cottage home. Make sure your color choice complements your home design. You may also opt to use two contrasting colors for visual interest. 

Signature style

Traditional architecture styles tend to have distinct elements when it comes to moldings and materials. For instance, the arts and crafts style is exemplified by the use of wood, while the neoclassic style adheres to Greek-inspired moldings and columns. For traditional architectural styles in particular, it is best to choose a door finish, hardware and trim that fits the same style. 

Hardware with personality

Another way to create a style statement is by choosing interesting hardware as the focal point. Opt for a distinctive door handle with a patina to create an immediate old-world feel to your home. A doorknocker is a functional feature that may also bring valuable design potential. 

Lush greens

Lend a fresh vibe to your main entryway by putting some container plants near your front door. If your house has steps leading to the front door, the outer edges of the steps can be great spaces to place these container plants. Choose colorful flowers for a fun and feminine take, and go for succulents or greens for a more formal feel. You may also create a play of heights with a grouping of three plants with different heights. 


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