At the end of a long day, there’s no sight more welcoming than the sight of your front door. It’s the first thing visitors notice as they step into your home for the first time. And when you’re appealing to potential buyers, that first impression made by your front porch and entry door is an essential piece of the curb appeal puzzle.
Since design expertise doesn’t come naturally for most homeowners, infusing an ordinary front porch into a welcoming space can be a challenge. Use these tips to elevate your space with help from the Window World entry door and window replacement pros. Check out these ideas and then give us a call!
1. Add a Colorful Front Door
Brightly colored front doors at architectural interest and function as a secondary accent color that creates contrast. It’s also a good way to give visitors and passersby a sense of your family’s personality and infuse your home’s exterior with a unique sense of style. Be sure to check with your HOA on any restrictions before committing to a bold replacement entry door.
2. Choose Elegant Door Hardware
Door hardware from Window World is available in a wide range of design choices to completely customize the look of your entry door. As an added bonus, your front door will be new secure with a door hardware upgrade.
3. Commit to a Palette
When you’re designing your living room or a bedroom, chances are you decide on a color palette and stick to it. But many homeowners don’t put much thought into the furnishings and design on their front porch, instead simply adding furniture and details they like without paying much attention to color and design. Decide on a palette that works well with the exterior siding colors of your home and stick to it. Don’t forget to consult a design guide and use the color wheel for optimum results.
4. Paint the Ceiling
Blue porch ceilings are on trend right now in a big way, but they’re nothing new. In fact, blue porch ceilings have been gracing elegant Southern homes for around 200 years. It’s no wonder that the rest of the country is finally catching on to the simple contrast and calming energy of this easy design look. For a more eclectic vibe, consider playing with other colors like muted ferns or sunny yellows.
5. Add an Enchanting Path
A charming walkway invites guests to take their time and enjoy the natural wonders of Mother Nature as they amble up to your door. Choose a material that complements the architectural style and energy of your home. Add earthy flagstones or mulch for a more natural design, or invest in something more formal like pavers, stamped concrete, or a stained concrete walkway.
6. Mark the Seasons with a Perfect Wreath
Don’t get stuck thinking that wreaths are only for the holiday season. A lovely, oversized grapevine wreath adds elegance and style during the warm summer months. For fall, use warmer colors like orange, yellow, or red. Lilac, lavender, and springtime florals are a beautiful way to invite guests inside in the springtime.
7. Design with Shutters
Exterior window shutters are a charming detail that gives your exterior extra dimension and interest. Add style with an accent color and board and batten or flat panel shutters.
8. Replace Your House Numbers
One of the most affordable ways to update the exterior of your home is to replace the house numbers. You may be surprised at all of the available options. Don’t just browse what’s available at the hardware store. Instead, check out creative design ideas on sites like Pinterest to get inspired first.
9. Flank the Porch
Flanking the porch with a pair of planters, statues, topiaries, or vertical shrubs adds a neat geometry that anchors the look of your entrance. Or what about a pair of brightly colored plants like hydrangeas or rose bushes? Decide on a motif and make sure it reflects the other details of your front porch and entry door.
10. Add Sidelites
If you have the space for it, sidelites flanking your front door are an attractive way to bring sunlight into your interior entryway while adding architectural interest and making your front door seem bigger. Privacy windows from Window World are available if you love the idea of a sunny entryway without compromising your family’s security.
11. Add a Transom Window
Like sidelites, a transom window can make a front door feel grander and more spacious. Accent your space by ordering your transom glass in a stunning custom design.
12. Add an Arch
Another way to add focus and geometry while anchoring the design of your front porch and entrance is to direct guests to your front door with an arch. A vine-laden arch pairs beautifully with a path of pavers or stamped concrete.
Contact Window World for Your Replacement Doors
If you’re ready to transform your front walkway and entrance, check out our Design Center to get inspired and then call Window World Twin Cities at 651.770.5570 or contact us online.
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