There are a lot of ways to go about making your house an inviting place, but I subscribe to the theory that it all starts with your home entrance. A lively, attractive front door area extends a big fat welcome to visitors and sets the precedent for your home’s interior style. But it’s not always as easy as putting a few flowers next to the front door and calling it a day.
When we moved into our current home it seriously lacked curb appeal. The front door wasn’t used by the previous owners who, for some reason, chose to use the side door to enter and exit the house instead. In addition, the main entrance hall (behind the front door) was being used as a dining room. It all seemed very strange to us, and we knew that one of our first tasks when moving in would be to give the front of the house and the entrance a complete overhaul with some bold updates.
The style that I naturally gravitate towards is probably country chic. But with our bungalow being a 1970s build, we felt that we should go for ultra-modern updates to give it a more distinguished style. So we chose dark grey window frames initially, which immediately updated the facade, and then the hunt was on for a modern door.
After initially thinking that we would go for a grey veneer door, we opted for a mock oak to soften the look slightly. We still wanted it to look homely and welcoming and were a little worried that grey would feel too commercial (although I do think it works so well on certain homes). We had the same colour fitted onto the garage door and I’m really pleased with the overall look.
We had glass windows fitted either side of the door to let in extra light indoors. Inside we totally transformed the large area the previous owners used as the dining room and created an extra bedroom which left us with an L-shaped hallway. So we wanted to make sure that it had plenty of light coming in. Thankfully it worked so well and I really can’t remember what it was like before!
We installed some simple wall lights either side of the door and graveled the driveway to save on the cost.
And to be honest, we haven’t really gotten around to ‘prettifying’ our home entrance any more. Although we did go to the garden centre last week and invested in these cement pots and faux topiary balls for a bit of colour (I would much prefer real plants but our last one by the door died as the dog kept peeing on the pot – so fake is our preferred option now!)
So, since I’m now an expert on the subject, I thought I’d share some top tips here for how to create a stunning and inviting entrance to your home.
Harness The Power Of Plants
Simply put, plants make people feel comfortable, relaxed, and welcome. By designating some space around your front door for pots, hanging containers, or whatever works, you can set yourself up to keep plants in place year-round. A collection of affordable front entry ideas from Houselogic suggests evergreens and boxwood setups for easy upkeep and a tidy look. But even a few pots (one on each side of the door like we have) inhabited by seasonal plants can do the trick.
Install Glass Windows
Like our door above, a door with lots of glass in it (or around it) can help let light into the hall within. This is something you might appreciate from the inside, as natural light always helps a home environment feel more comfortable. But even from the outside, a door with a tasteful array of glass windows looks both pleasant and inviting. It’s also generally a more attractive look than an opaque, material entrance that can look somewhat forbidding.
Invest in new hardware
Specifically, the door handle can make a big difference in how attractive and inviting your door looks. An old, bland handle is uninteresting while an attractive new one can draw the eye in a good way. This is something you can do fairly easily on your own with a few basic tools on hand.
The arrangement of trade rated tools from Screwfix can help you to take stock of what you have and what you need. It can also give you a few ideas regarding power drills and other handy tools that can make hardware installation an easy activity. Really, if you have what you need (and pick out a nice handle) you can accomplish this simple step in a matter of hours.
Try a new coat of paint
In revamping your home entrance, you may be doing a full remodel and putting in a new door entirely. In that case, you probably don’t need to mess with painting. However, if you’re looking to spruce up the front of your home with an existing door, then a fresh coat of paint can be an easy way to go about it. Like new hardware, it’s something you can do on your own in relatively little time. So long as you have what you need (in this case brushes, paint, tape, etc.), it’s a quick job that even an amateur painter can pull off.
Add some personality
Once you’ve dealt with the door itself and added some traditional features like more glass, plants, etc., you can look into some more unique decorative ideas that give the entry a little bit of distinct personality. This could mean anything from a tiled floor just outside the door to a pleasant welcome mat. It could even mean sculptures or outdoor art appropriately placed near your door. Be creative and have a little fun!
Invite with lighting
Many people don’t necessarily think of this when designing a front door or home entrance. Houzz suggests emphasizing the front door with lighting for evenings, or potentially even overnight (a well-lit home is often less appealing to burglars!). Lights in the garden or along a walkway can essentially form a path to the home entrance, which should be the most brightly lit part of your exterior. Done correctly this can result in a very elegant look at night.
Every home is different, and home entrance as well. A full remodeling is always an option, but the truth is that it doesn’t always take that much to make a real difference!
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