Front Doorways and Entrances
Last week we talked about Mudrooms, so today the topic is Front Doorways. There is so much we can talk about here, so for today’s blog post, lets talk about how to spruce up an entry. First off, having a clearly demarcated path to the front door is a good start. Ideally if it is 3-4 ft wide then two people can walk down the path at the same time but if it is narrower, that is fine as long as it is a clear and well marked pathway. Having lights along the path so it is well lit at night is a great idea. I’ve certainly been to places where I have to really watch my step for fear of tripping at night so make it easy on yourselves and others by having the path well lit.
One thing that I just love is a painted front door.
There was a while there where a black door was the trend but now any colour goes.
Do remember to prime the door with adhesion primer first, and also that the darker the paint colour, the more coats of paint it will need. I like to use a satin or semi gloss paint to give a different finish than the rest of the house as it gives it just a bit of sheen. Having a point of entry accented in a contrast colour is a great way to revitalize a tired entry way.
How about having a container or two at the front door? You could put one larger one on one side of the door or put one on either side of the door for a more symmetrical look. This again will invite guests into the house as it is visually appealing from the street. This also allows you to have seasonal plants which will really add to your outdoor décor.
Another way to beautify the front of your home is to update your house numbers. Having the numbers backlit will add a nice contemporary note to the façade whereas black iron scrolled numbers will be more traditional.
Having all the metals in the entrance way is a great way to get a cohesive look. So if your door handle is in oil rubbed bronze then also choose the door hinges, doorbell, a light fixture and mailbox in oil rubbed bronze.