Advice and Tip
Monday, 10/06/2013, 11:43

Refresh Your Front Entry


An updated front entry makes a welcoming first impression. From stylish accessories to a fresh color palette, customize your home with a personality-packed ensemble.

 Classic Charm 

Enhance your home's facade with a few charming exterior touches. A mahogany door with matching molding sets a timeless tone, and its insulated glass meets Energy Star guidelines. The do-it-yourself address plaque features self-adhesive numbers and comes in three background finishes. 

Add Greenery 

Give your entry a fresh finish by slipping evergreens and shrubs into planters. Add visual interest by varying their heights and types. For best results, transplant evergreens and shrubs in your yard before the soil freezes

Refresh a Classic Entry 

Inspired to remake your entrance? Few projects can provide an instant facelift like a fresh coat of paint can. Instead of the expected red, step outside of the norm by painting your door orange for a warm, fun, and vibrant look. 

Customize Accessories 

Forgo a traditional doormat for a colorful round rug that's suitable for outdoor use. PVC planters can be painted to complement your color palette, plus they are lightweight and maintenance-free. 

Finishing Touches 

Relax a formal entry with a pretty mix of metals. A fiberglass door with a repaintable wood-look finish and an aluminum-clad frame offers low maintenance. Try a copper finish on house numbers to make them stand out from afar. If your front entry is lacking character, add a little instant architecture with a ready-made iron trellis. 

Two Sides 

An outdoor table isn't just for the backyard. Up front, it's ideal for plants or as a perch for bags when you check the mail. Matched sets flanking the door are fine, but different accents of similar visual weight and height, such as this table and pot, provide balance and contrast. 

Greenhouse Effect 

A hint of nature can instantly energize an entryway. With a leafy-green door and plants in sculptural containers, this front door ties perfectly to nature. 

Style Made Simple 

Add instant contemporary polish to an entry with metal accents. These brushed-metal house numbers look stylish and are easy to apply -- just peel, stick, and enjoy. 

High Contrast 

A brilliant blue door with sharp black trim, crisp white house numbers, and sunny sconces gives drama to this traditional scheme. 

Strike a Balance 

Soften a striking color scheme with delicate details. Seasonal flowers and neutral-color pots balance a bold entry with a touch of feminine flair. 

Woodland Retreat 

Rich earth tones, a wood door with a natural finish, and rustic materials such as copper and bronze lend classic character to this Craftsman-style entry door. Even the doormat, which resembles smooth river rock, harkens to the traditional building materials of the Craftsman era. 

Build on Character 

If your home nods to a particular style, gain instant curb appeal with a character-filled entry. A dentil shelf is an affordable way to customize a Craftsman-style entry and add visual interest to a door.

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