The first impression of a home is often dictated by its entryway. As one may judge a book by its cover, the same can be said about the impression that a front door and entryway can create, regardless of how accurate that impression is.
Making certain changes to your home’s entrance can go a long way toward improving its curb appeal. Entryways also can set the scene for your home’s interior. Whether your style is classic or bold, modern or traditional, there are various ways to quickly transform that first-impression spot.
· Bold front door color: Color can dramatically enhance an entryway. Painting your existing door or replacing it with a more vivid option can do the trick. The DIY Network says certain colors stand out as favorites. These include turquoise, yellow, red, indigo, orange, and black. The door color should complement the other shades of the home, such as those on siding and trim.
· Custom walkway: Guide guests right to the front door with an attractive (and safe) walkway. Stamped concrete or decorative paver blocks may fit the bill. This walkway can extend to the street or to the driveway. It can also boast a pattern or decorative circle.
· Container plants. Landscaping around the entryway should be neat and well-tended. Overgrown plants or shrubbery may give off an air of neglect. Container plants and well-chosen shrubs can create a neat and inviting appearance.
· Highlight the address. Make sure your home can be found easily with bold and decorative house numbers. Consider two different address signs: one illuminated and easily viewed from the curb, and another closer to the front door.
· Utilize high-end materials. The relatively small area of real estate by the front door enables you to splurge on more opulent materials that can really add a feeling of luxury. These can include colorful tiles, ornate planters, decorative wooden doors, or elaborate knobs and lighting fixtures.
· Add architectural details. Select architectural elements will meld with the style of your home and then incorporate them. Moldings, columns, shutters, and trim are areas to consider.