The front door is the first impression a visitor has of your home, yet it’s often an area that is sadly overlooked in terms of its potential. When we approach a front door we’re already subconsciously forming some sort of opinion about the owner’s home and how it reflects their personality, so there’s no excuse not to have it ship-shape!
Spring is usually the perfect time to give the front of our home a quick refresh, but as we’re all spending so much more time at home these days, we have a little more time on our hands to give our front door the extra care and attention it deserves – even if it’s just for the benefit of the postman or veggie box delivery guy!!
So how do we create that fabulous first impression of our home? Here are some easy and instant updates you can make over a weekend or couple of afternoons to show your front door a bit of love and bump up that kerb appeal while you’re at it…
It’s an obvious place to start, but a fresh lick of paint will really brighten up a tired front door no end and it really is the work of an afternoon to complete this task.
Before you paint a wooden door, be sure to buff it first with a medium grade sandpaper, then prime it so that the final effect is smooth and durable. If you have a stunning period door complete with a beautiful stained glass feature, most colours will look good on it, so choose something that you really love and which best reflects your personal home décor style, otherwise you will soon tire of it.
Remember that front doors, especially those with southerly aspects, receive an abundance of outdoor light, so any colour will look a few shades lighter on it. For an elegant entryway, pale greens and earthy pinks are very on trend right now and look sophisticated and clean, especially against red brick. Try Farrow & Ball Pigeon for a green-grey shade or Setting Plaster for the perfect nude pink. Black is a classic choice that goes with any style of house and it won’t date, so it’s perfect if you don’t fancy repainting it any time soon, but how about opting for a bluer hint, such as Farrow & Ball’s Railings (below) for a classy door that really makes a statement?
If your front door is an unusual shape or style, let it really sing by painting it a bright, cheery red such as Sanderson’s Firecracker Light or a sunny yellow, as seen below. Blue is sometimes perceived as a cold and unwelcoming colour, however I think the right blue can look stunning, in particular Little Greene’s Celestial Blue or Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue are both beautiful shades for a front door.
Whether it’s a pair of formal bay trees or a haphazard cluster of ceramic pots bursting with blooms that does it for you, any amount of greenery at and around a front door will soften the overall look of your home and make it much more welcoming.
For a striking and summery complementary scheme, pair a pot of red geraniums with a deep blue painted door. It’s a classic look that always works and puts you in mind of a Mediterranean summer. Or for an English cottage style, try placing pretty pink and white flowers beside a green door. This looks stunning against a red brick backdrop as shown below. Isn’t it so inviting?
You can also add life to a front door with a pretty seasonal wreath. Have a go at making your own one using fresh sprigs of greenery and flowers from the garden!
The small details can often be what sets your front door apart from others. It can be as simple as replacing a worn down doormat or you may decide to invest in some new brassware.
If you prefer, you can easily restore tarnished door hardware to its former glory by giving it a good old clean and shine – this article gives some handy tips for doing so and is helpful if you wish to keep period features alive.
Make sure guests can easily find you by placing a number plaque beside or on your door. A contemporary number can look very effective on the wall beside your door or you can opt for a more traditional style in brass.
Update your outdoor lighting to add ambience and reflect your home’s design personality. There is a wonderful array of outdoor lighting on the high street to choose from, but be sure to pick a design that nicely complements the overall look of your entranceway. For a more traditional look, choose a nautical style such as a fisherman’s lantern or wall mounted glass box lantern. For a modern, sleeker style, opt for designs in matte black or introduce industrial vibes with galvanised metal.
The golden rule with dressing your front door is that less is usually more. Keep an eye out for front doors that appeal to you and you will soon find what ticks the boxes for you. After all, it’s you who will be trekking in and out of your door the most, so you need to love it!