What do family and friends see when they arrive at your house? Do they feel welcomed, amused, or confused? Your front door is your announcement of what to expect when the door opens: will guests receive a warm welcome or a cold shoulder? We’ve thought of five easy ways to enhance your front door appeal to help you send a message of hospitality, fun, or appreciation to guests.
A New Coat of Paint
One of the quickest and easiest ways to add appeal to your front entry is to give your front door a new coat of paint. Some homeowners like to consult the principles of feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of arranging your living spaces harmoniously to ensure the flow of good “qi,” meaning energy.
Based on the four cardinal directions and five elements of water, fire, earth, wood, and metal, the system assigns colors based on the direction your door faces: blue or black for north (water), red for south (fire), yellow for northeast and southwest (earth), and grey or white for west and northwest (metal). Feng shui principles are complex, so if you want to apply them throughout your home, consider consulting an expert practitioner.
Even if you have glorious gardens, planters and container gardens mark off your entry as a special area. Change them seasonally to reflect the time of year, upcoming holidays, or special events. Choose low-maintenance plants that can handle all sorts of conditions.
Along with a fresh coat of paint, consider replacing your door’s hardware. Add a door knocker, new door handle, house numbers, and lighting to freshen the entry space. If you have room, add a bench or a café table and chairs under an exterior wall hanging to turn your porch or front entry into a welcoming area.
Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays, and they’re not the only door decor you can add. Try one of our durable PVC seasonal door hangers or a large initial representing your family name. Choose several different hangings you can switch out according to the time of year.
Doormats offer a place for guests to wipe off their shoes before entering your home, but they can also offer greetings, inspirational or funny messages, or a bit of colorful art to lift your visitors’ spirits. If you’re a birder, choose a bird-themed mat, or if you love dogs, try a mat that showcases your pet’s breed.
These ways to enhance your front door’s appeal are easy to apply and will give your entry a finished look that shows you care about your home and your guests.