When choosing materials for the exterior of your home, few options provide as classic and formal a look as brick. However, despite its traditional appearance, a brick exterior also creates a inviting feel for your home because of its warm, red tone and natural appearance. As a result, it is an ideal choice for your entryway. You have a variety of ways to incorporate brick into your home's entrance, so you should find an option that matches your architecture and fits your available space.
If you want to create a truly welcoming look for your home's entryway, a brick porch is an ideal option. A brick porch typically has a more formal look than a traditional wooden porch, so it pairs well with a colonial style home. Because of the cost involved in construction, a brick porch is usually smaller than traditional porches, but you can still have room for a rocking chair and decorative plants. You can pair the brick porch with a white railing for a crisp clean look or add decorative columns if your porch is covered. Brick pillars are a natural choice, but if your home's exterior is brick as well, you want to use another material for added visual interest. White wood or fiberglass columns provide an attractive contrast with brick.
Brick Landing With Planters
If you like the idea of a porch but don't have the space for a large entryway, a brick landing is an attractive alternative. You can elevate the landing and add steps, or leave it as a single layer of brick that guests simply step up onto. However, to make the landing more decorative, add permanent brick planters on either side. With the planters, you can add color to your entryway by planting bright flowers and greenery. They also help create a defined area for your home's entrance.
Another option for your home's entrance is a brick path from the sidewalk to your front door. Using brick creates a more elegant, formal look for your entryway than concrete or natural stone and creates a unified look for your front yard if your home has a brick exterior. You can pair a brick path with a brick porch or landing, but it works well with concrete or stone structures as well.
Brick Columns and Portico
If you prefer a dramatic, elegant look for your home's entryway, brick pillars make quite the statement. You can make them any width that you like, but the wider they are, the more drama that they add. Pairing the columns with a portico creates an even more striking entryway for your home. The portico and columns enclose the area, and form a defined, cozy space that welcomes guests. You can add a landing or porch as well if you want a more spacious feel for your entryway.
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