People see the outside of your home before they see the interior. That just makes sense, it’s not physically possible to do it the other way round. That means that their first impression of you and your home is based on what they can see outside your home. Remember, first impressions matter.
If you’ve ever walked around your neighbourhood looking at other houses you’ll find that your eyes are inevitably drawn toward the front door. That’s because this is the entry point and, a well-designed yard will guide you that way.
Of course, if the front door is what catches your eye, then to boost your curb appeal and potentially the value of your property, your front door needs to make a statement.
- Replace The Door
The first thing to do is look at your front door. If it’s tired or dated then you need to consider replacing it. There are some stunning modern examples available, such as this collection of Parkwood doors.
Installing a new front door means your home will instantly look more contemporary. It suggests a home that is looked after as well as secure and inviting.
Naturally, this isn’t the cheapest option but it is an excellent investment for your property. Plus, you’ll smile every time you pull into your driveway and see it.
- Paint It
A simpler and more cost-effective approach is to paint your existing door, says DIY.com. This means doing it properly, sanding the original finish to remove the top layer and expose the original door. You can then use a dedicated wood paint to brush paint onto your door, making sure you don’t create runs in the process.
When you’re painting your door you should consider the colour carefully. A bold and bright colour will make your door stand out. That’s a good thing providing the door doesn’t stand out too much for the neighbourhood.
- Frame It
Another great way of making your front door a statement piece is to frame it. As visitors’ eyes are automatically drawn to the front door you can add framing to increase the effect.
For example, if you have a small deck section or patio in front of the door add an archway at the edge of the patio. If it includes a curve at the top and is centralized the arch will frame your door perfectly. It turns the entrance into a feature and makes it significantly more inviting.
- Add Lights
Don’t forget that your front door will be seen at night as well as during the day. You need to look at ways to make the door stand out all the time. That means adding lights to the front door area. You can opt for a light on each side of the front door, a central light above and just in front of the door, or small LEDs surrounding the doorway. All options enhance the look of your door.
Naturally, the option you choose tells people more about you, that’s why it’s important to adjust your door according to your personal tastes.