The front entry to a home is often an under-appreciated and overlooked part of a house. It is not just a door. It is the entry way to your home, and it should give an impression to your guests and visitors that it is inviting them into your home. The front door is one of the first things that your visitor sees, and it is a critical part in creating that first impression. If you want to know how you can enhance the look for your entry way, read this article.
One way to make your entry more inviting is to create a wide pathway leading up to it. A small and narrow pathway gives the impression that your door is restricted and hard to get to. Consider paving the wide pathway with attractive pavers to create an even more inviting feel. Remember the yellow-brick road? Of course it does not have to be yellow, but the idea is to make the path wide and attractive so your visitors will enjoy the approach to your home.
Overgrown bushes and shrubs that obscure your home give the impression that your home is in seclusion. This does not project a very inviting feel. In addition, overgrown bushes are places where intruders can hide. Therefore, to improve the look and safety around your home, trim back overgrown bushes so guests can get a clear view of your home. This is especially important for first-time visitors because you want to make it easy for them to find your house. If your house is blocked by a large shrub, they will not see it.
Your door does not have to be painted the same color as rest of your home’s exterior. In fact, you can paint it with an interesting color that stands out but complements your home. For instance, paint the door with a much darker shade of the main color of your house. In addition, do not forget the door trim, which can also take a different color. Visit your home improvement center and get a combination of paint color chips to see which combination works best for your home.
You can enhance the pathway to your door by installing lights along the way. This can really add a touch of beauty to your home in the evening. There are solar light kits available that are easy to install. When dusk comes, the solar lights turn on automatically to light up your pathway. This is an easy and lovely enhancement that you can do quickly.
Be sure that the exterior hardware of your door match each other. Mismatched door handles, locks and hinges will give your door an odd look. If the hardware is brass, give them a good polish to make them shine. Clean off any rust if they are cast iron.
The look of your front entry has great influence on how your home is perceived by your neighbors and visitors. Follow the suggestions in this article to create an attractive, lasting impression on your guests.