Choosing a front door seems a daunting task given the number of choices available. Creating curbside appeal, however, deserves a great deal of consideration. Having a beautiful front entry means earning a positive first impression from visitors. Keep your home's style and architecture in mind when designing the front entrance. A Tudor door suits a Tudor home, while the same Tudor door would look odd on a simple cape house.
Create a traditional entryway by using a few simple elements. Keep the door and any entry windows in proportion and balanced. Choose a door, for instance, with six to eight decorative raised panels and a matching pair of sidelight windows (one for each side of the door). Install brass hardware and a door knocker. Lay fieldstone, for the front steps and walkway, in addition to a gabled portico with white columns, and you have a recipe for a traditional home.
Making a cottage entry varies little from the traditional elements listed above. A simple front door with an old-fashioned detailing works well for a cottage style. Look for a white door or stained hardwood with windows on the top half. Additional items like white trim, shingled siding, window boxes overflowing with flowers and wooden shutters give added interest. Consider a creek gravel or brown pebble for a winding entryway path.
Keep the look sleek for a modern entryway. A front door with lots of glass contrasted with a dark stained wood trim makes a dramatic impression. Don't worry about keeping the design balanced with a modern entry. A sidelight on one side of the front door looks interesting on a modern entry. Moderation is key for this style. Don't overfill the front with plants or too much detail. If you feel like splurging, add more glass like large, open-paned windows next to the door.
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- Photo Credit front door image by Derek Abbott from Fotolia.com
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