First impressions last, and while the front door may not be the most used, it can make a profound impact on the way people see your home. So, if you entertain regularly, or you’re considering selling your home in the near future, or if you just want to make your neighbors jealous, you may want to consider updating your entryway. Here are a few ways to do so.
- Create a Path to the Door
Whether you install a paved walkway or lay a few stepping stones, creating a visual line of entry from the sidewalk to your door has an immediate impact on the exterior aesthetic of your home. Dividing your lawn creates a symmetry that opens up the exterior of your home and invites guests in — plus it’s one less strip of grass you have to mow in the summer heat. Win/win.
- Experiment with Color
A statement exterior door is one of the quickest and easiest ways to revamp your entryway and add a dash of personality to your home, and it’s as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint. Depending on your home’s style, you could go for something bold and modern, like mustard, or a more classic contrast like bright red. If you’re not so sure about dedicating your door to a vibrant color, you can also experiment with painting the trim, which can add intrigue without being too loud.
- Expand Your Door’s Presence
A more prominent entryway creates an open, inviting feel and allows more light to enter your home. Widening doors and side windows can also make your home look more accessible and stylish, especially if you accessorize with matching door and window shutters. While this is more of an undertaking than slapping a fresh coat of paint on your existing door, it can make a memorable impact on your home’s curb appeal.
- Add Details to Your Doorway
As discussed above, painting the door trim or adding shutters to your door is a great way to add instant intrigue to your home’s entryway. But the options don’t stop there. Even small details like updating the doorknob, installing a knocker, or adding house numbers to your entryway can make a statement and give your home an immediate facelift. For a cohesive look, make sure that all the metals installed (doorknobs, knockers, house numbers, etc.) have a matching finish.
- Surround Your Entryway with Plants
Plants are a great way to add depth and dimension to an entryway. You can go simple by defining the doorway with matching planters on either side or add various plants of different heights for a more intricate look. If you really want to turn heads, consider the color scheme of your home’s exterior when choosing plant life. Using contrasting or complementary colors can really make your entryway stand out and encourage people to take a second look.
- Illuminate Your Entrance
One of the simplest ways to make your home more inviting in the evening hours is to illuminate your entrance and allow your guests to clearly see the entryway. Lighting is also a great way to add a touch of style and polish. It’s important to consider proportions when selecting lighting, as outside lights can appear larger. You can also consider adding path or accent lighting to provide a clear path to the house or accentuate your landscaping.
- Invest in Outdoor Furniture
What better way to encourage guests to stay a while than by adding some comfortable furniture outside your home’s entryway? It immediately gives them a sense of comfort and makes them feel welcome. You can also add an additional pop of color by choosing cushions or metal finishes that complement your home.
These are just a few ways you can update your home and create a grand entryway. While not all of the items will work for everyone’s home, even executing a few of these ideas can make a substantial difference in your home’s overall look. If you’re looking for a new door altogether, or want to install additional windows around your entryway, we’re here and more than happy to help. Just give us a call at (940) 898-9988.