HOW CAN I MAKE MY FRONT DOOR MORE ATTRACTIVE?
Written By: Jennifer Ebert
The term ‘curb appeal’ refers to the attractiveness of a home’s external appearance, particularly the way it looks when viewed from the street – that all-important first impression that molds the opinion of every visitor. Designing a home with universally aesthetic appeal is a tall order.
Here, we offer some golden rules for creating curb appeal with an attractive front door, talking to interior designers to pull in some of the best advice around for ensuring your front door looks perfect.
- INVEST IN A NEW FRONT DOOR
The existing door might be ripe for change because it doesn’t suit the style of your home, is allowing heat to leak out, requires time-consuming upkeep, or isn’t as secure as it could be. Swapping it for a new design could boost your home’s curb appeal, help reduce energy bills, and keep both occupants and contents safer.
If you’ve never changed your front door before, you might be amazed by the range of materials in which they’re available. Personal preference will guide you, but what the door’s made from also has a huge influence on what you can expect to pay. Consider, too, that maintenance requirements for the different front door materials vary, and factor this into your choice.
- GIVE YOUR FRONT DOOR A COLOR REFRESH
The importance of choosing the right front door shouldn’t be underestimated as not only does it set the tone for your property, it’s also essential for maintaining the security of your home. Your front door should be in keeping with the age, style and scale of your house to ensure it stands outs for all the right reasons. Bear in mind that your front door design will affect which front door paint ideas suit, as well as the period of your home and the color of paintwork visible from the street and your front porch ideas.
Think about whether you want to match the door to the color of your windows, or do you want to go for a high contrast.
You’ll also need to consider if you’re prepared to take on any ongoing maintenance. If your front door is protected from the weather by a porch or overhang, maintenance will be less of an issue, but those with doors that are exposed to the elements will need to make durability more of a priority.
- USE PAINT TO CREATE UNIQUE DOOR
First impressions count, so in terms of setting the tone of a home the front door is the perfect place to start. The door décor can be one of the easiest ways to revive the look of a tired exterior, while on a street of identical houses, use creative color to give it a stamp of personality.
‘People are becoming braver with their color choices,’ says Matt Higgs from Klöeber. ‘We’re seeing requests for brightly colored doors, such as orange and yellow, as opposed to the more standard greys that have been so in demand recently.’
4. HANG SEASONAL WREATH
Wreaths are not just for Christmas or Easter, they work just as beautifully for fall and spring door décor, too.
Turn up the style by opting for a pair of wreaths for a symmetrical appearance. Symmetry in interior design is a technique used by designers to create a space that looks incredibly cohesive and tailored – and therefore welcoming and inviting.
Using architectural elements such as front doors is a good place to start, so give a front door a burst of color and intrigue with a fragrant and colorful wreath that is blooming with fresh foliage. Have fun playing about with scale and color but keep the overall effect simple and allow the natural beauty of the flowers to shine through.
- INTRODUCE SYMMETRICAL ELEMENTS
The power of symmetry is so good that we had to mention it twice, and it is the best way to make your front door more attractive. A simple solution is to introduce a symmetrical pair of evergreen planters to your front décor ideas.
Clipped evergreens are perfect for creating a punctuation point in your planting scheme, for introducing low shapes to edge paths and to add definition to containers. Choose lollipop bay trees, smart box balls and pompom conifers to add strong shapes that help to define spaces. Topiary is also low-maintenance and looks good all year round.
‘I use topiary and evergreen plants and hedges as the backbone to my designs,’ says garden designer Richard Miers, whose work is known for using symmetry to create a sense of balance and proportion. ‘Using sculpted evergreens is a timelessly elegant way to provide focal points, frame key views and provide interest in spring.
- THINK ABOUT LIGHTING FOR STYLE AND SECURITY
Front door lighting isn’t just for turning your front yard walkway into a Christmas wonderland. It can be used year-round to create appealing effects. Lights positioned on either side of a front door are a useful security feature, especially if they react to movement and are combined with a camera.
A light by the door, either traditional or modern, is inviting to come home to in winter. You can also have lights that highlight the house, in the yard focused on planting or marking the gate/driveway. Dusk to dawn lights have sensors that allow them to turn on and off automatically
You can transform your front door into magical spaces with front yard lighting ideas. As dusk descends, carefully positioned outdoor lighting can play a central role, and they will create a sense of depth and space with the interplay of light and shadow.
- INTRODUCE SMART TECH
‘There are various hi-tech options for opening your front door while you sit in your car or from the office,’ says Elizabeth Assaf, co-founder and designer at Urban Front. ‘Keypad or fingerprint entry systems can be connected to your smart home system. Keypads allow you to use a card with an electronic strip, a fob or a simple number pad. These are usually connected to your smart home automation systems, to a motorized locking system, or Amazon’s Alexa(opens in new tab).
Fingerprint entry lets you to enter up to 100 fingerprints, which you can then add and remove from your smart phone. You can also open the door remotely using the phone app. Both these options require a power supply close to the door. Biometric software options allow iris, face or voice recognition entry system. Becoming popular in the US, they’re on the higher end of the cost scale.’
WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR FRONT DOOR MATERIAL?
The most popular front door material will usually depend on the style, period and architecture of your home. Research your home’s style and add an appropriate front door.
A range of materials are used to make front doors. UPVC doors have the advantage of being low maintenance, and high-quality versions look good.
Timber doors have natural beauty, but will need appropriate care, which could be repainting, or wood treatment from time to time. Options include solid wood, and wood veneer finishes on a core of wood or other materials. The latter is a composite door, but you’ll also find composite doors made from GRP (glass reinforced plastic) with a wood-look, or painted wood-style finish, which you won’t need to redecorate, just clean from time to time.
Front doors can also be made from steel with a galvanized or painted finish. They’re very robust and look smart. Aluminum doors are light but strong, and can be cleaned with a mild detergent solution.
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