One of the first aspects of your home that people notice is your front door. Not only does it give your guests a good first impression, but it also sets the overall style of your home. If you feel like your front door has lost its luster, you’re in luck because it’s one of the easiest parts of your home to refresh. Sprucing up your front door is a simple way to invite others into your home, highlight your personality, and enhance your house’s curb appeal. Use one or more of the following front door-decorating ideas to freshen up your entryway.
Highlight House Numbers
Visible house numbers are vital, not only if you expect visitors to locate your home but also in an emergency so that firefighters or paramedics can find where to go. If your front door is easily visible from the street, you could add a set of numbers. Consider adding numbers at least 4 inches high directly to the door. Aim for numbers in a contrasting color or finish, and choose a thick, boldface font. If your house number isn’t too long, you can spell out the number and display it above the doorway.
Change the Front Door Hardware
Sometimes, one of the easiest ways to freshen up areas of your home is to swap out the hardware. You might have even done this in the kitchen with the cabinet knobs or drawer pulls. Changing out the door’s hardware can reinforce your home’s traditional appearance or give it more of a modern flair. The trendiest finishes include brushed metal, satin brass, and champagne bronze. Make sure you choose an option that coordinates with the door’s color and goes well with your home’s other exterior features, such as lighting and landscaping.
Remove or Replace the Screen Door
Another quick update involves removing the screen door. Oddly, your screen door appears dingy and detracts from the front of the house. However, if having a screen door is important to you since it lets air and light in while keeping the bugs and critters out, you can replace it with a new decorative or vintage one.
Greet Your Guests
Add a laid-back greeting and give your guests a place to wipe their feet before entering your home. You can choose a doormat with a similar color to your home’s exterior, or you can opt for one that stands out. Another option is to channel your creative side and use spray paint to create a unique design on a blank doormat.
Add Decorative Seating
Depending on the size of your front porch, you might have room for several chairs. Wicker chairs can withstand the elements and give you a place to unwind. Incorporate some decorative pillows to provide an additional pop of color.
Add Some Glass to Your Door
Maybe you prefer to remove the screen door, but you still want to bring in some natural light to make your entryway feel more spacious. One way you can do this is to replace your old solid front door with one that has glass accents. Or, if you’re handy, you can use a circular saw, cut a hole in an existing door, and insert glass panels.
Provide a Pop of Color
If you have a ranch-style home, you likely have an L-shaped or rectangular design for the front of your house. Bring attention to the front of your home by selecting an attractive door color. An impactful paint job is an affordable and obvious way to refresh your door’s decor. Bright reds and oranges are currently on trend, but dark and moody hues like eggplant or charcoal are also becoming more popular. Paint isn’t only for wood doors, so don’t fret if you have a metal one. However, use an exterior paint that can withstand the elements.
Incorporate Lighting Features
Adding lighting to your entryway is a great way to brighten up this area and bring attention to your front door. If you aren’t handy or don’t fancy spending more money than necessary, opt for lanterns because they require no installation. Solar-powered lanterns can illuminate both your walkway and your porch. Consider flanking your doorway with two lanterns on either side.
Accessorize your front door with flowers and other greenery placed in planters if space allows. You can incorporate different colors and types as well as different sizes and shapes of planters. Try planting annuals, which can be removed once winter hits. When shopping for plants, consider if the space gets full sun, shade, or a bit of both. Some popular planting choices include the following:
- Sweet potato vines.
Hang Some Greenery
Maybe you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily have a green thumb, but you still want to display some foliage. Then, try adorning your door with real or faux wreaths during any season. Placing festive wreaths on the door during winter is a wonderful way to showcase your holiday spirit, whereas a pastel one can help usher in springtime. For the summertime, try a coastal-themed or patriotic wreath, and then in fall, swap it for a wreath in various autumnal colors.
Make Your Front Door Inviting
Think of your front door as a way to introduce people to your home and style. When it comes time to spruce up your home’s exterior, it’s easy to feel intimidated. You can easily add personality and appeal to the front of your home by using at least one of these decorating ideas if you can think of any other ways to decorate your front door space, reach out to us at Steiner Homes in Indiana so we can add it to our list. We’re always looking for ways to help people make their own houses.
Photo Credit: 1. building with closed door by Avery Evans is licensed with Unsplash License 2. a person’s feet on a wooden surface with a sign by Jon Tyson is licensed with Unsplash License : 3. brown wooden door beside green plant by Reshma Mallecha is licensed with Unsplash License