Creating the perfect entrance to your home
The entrance to your home should be a statement piece; stand out from the rest of the property and be a eye catching focal point of the front of your home giving it maximum kerb appeal. In this blog we give our top tips for creating the perfect entrance to your home.
Replace your front door
A new front door will change the entire external appearance of your home. There are so many styles to choose from today in a range of materials that the choices can be overwhelming. If you are going to invest in a new front door, we recommend hitting social media channels such as Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration looking for the most sustainable materials your budget can stretch to; and; if you are spending the money find what you like and make it yours, choosing a company who will design your door with you.
This traditional 6 panel timber front door is a timeless design typical of the architecture in the UK but the use of contemporary colours in this case the eye-catching Farrow & ball Turn key blue makes it stand out against the cream and soft manor house grey of the window frames.
Contrast your colours
If replacing your door go for colours that contrast but compliment the external façade. The lightly stained wood of this contemporary front door compliments the anthracite grey timber cladding instantly drawing your eye.
If you don’t have the funds right now for a new door consider an eco-friendly water based exterior wood finish and get to painting it will give your current door a new lease of life and with todays paint quality should give you a couple more years out of your current door.
Consider a canopy, porch or portico
Framing your front door with a canopy, porch or portico gives a couple of great benefits. It protects the door from excess weathering and keeps you dry as you try to unlock the front door when it’s raining and it frames your front door so it makes it a focal point of the front of your home. From simple timber structures draped in climbing plants to a small over door roof or canopy to grand stone pillared porticos; it will draw the eye and add heaps of kerb appeal. This stylish metal porch with zinc roof doesn’t close the door in but really makes the entrance inviting.
Add some greenery
Adding a touch of green and a splash of colour with plants and shrubs will enhance the simplest of entrances. In this example where the door opens directly onto the street (we arent all lucky enough to have a driveway on our property) the door is framed by 2 perfectly pruned bushes with bright red flowers. Easy to maintain they are inviting and a cost effective way of adding a touch of style.
Clear a path
It’s not just about the door and the façade its about having a clear path to the front of your home. This narrow pathway from the drive lined by grasses and plants creates lovely symmetrical lines that guide you to the door. Keep the area clean and tidy and well pruned and don’t forget to jet wash those walkways keeping the paving clean and weed free.
Add accessories to give your front door the wow factor. In this example the decorative net drapes, log stack, bell and heart shaped wreath give a real lived in eclectic cottage feel. When you accessorise well you can display the personality of your home for all to see.
When it comes to adding handles and functional fittings choose your handles, letterplates, door knobs and numerals carefully, they will set your door apart and add the icing to the cake so to speak. There are so many options today on colours and texture to choose from for fittings; this lovely example features hand forged antique black handle and letterplate but equally finishes such as pewter and antique brass which are also traditional are seeing quite the revival and are so on trend right now.
Light it up
Choose good lighting that reflects the personality of your property particularly if you have a porch, canopy or entry way to light up the space at night. Simple lighting such as LED down lights are contemporary and easy to maintain and give lots of light to brighten up darker spaces and shine a spotlight on your centre piece your front door.
Other outdoor lighting such as lanterns and post lights can help create character and are relatively cost effective helping the personality of your home shine through.