Front door design

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The front door of your home is like the cover on a book, the wrapping on a present, or the icing on a cake – it’s a preview of what’s to come. Your front door assures you that you’ve arrived safely home. It warmly greets your guests and welcomes them in. With so much of your home’s reputation resting on your front door, we wanted to share some tips and inspiration to help you make your front door a true representation of the family and home that resides within.

When focusing on exterior colors for your home, most experts will recommend going by the “70-25-5” rule:

Body color (70%)
Trim color (fascia, windows, overhangs) 25%
Accent color (doors and/or shutters) 5%

Since the paint color you select for your door will only be used on about 5% of the exterior of your home, it’s a great place to experiment and go bold!

A well-lit front entrance not only looks lovely, it’s also practical. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter.

Low-level path lights will brighten your walkway while highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover. Low-level path lights can also be used to define the boundaries of long driveways. Convert decks, porches, and patios into romantic retreats by concealing mini-lights under steps, railing or benches.

Plants, light fixtures, house numbers, door handles, mailboxes and door-knockers can all help enhance the look of your front door. These front door accessories are usually pretty low-cost, and therefore, low-commitment pieces, so have fun with them and switch them out often.

Now, let’s indulge in some front door decadence!

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Categories: Color Trends, Decorating Tips, Design trends, Exterior colors, Selecting Colors
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