Beautiful Worldly-Influenced Front Doors

European style, elegant craftsmanship, and beautiful colors are just a few of the hallmarks of worldly-influenced front doors.

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    Double Duty

    The prettiest details offer unmatched elegance against the washed-out paint finish of this mostly glass front door. Splendid in size, the double door relies on an excess of glass in both the doors and the five-paned transom overhead. While many standard doors are set flush onto the facade of a home, this one instead has a deep recess, boosting its romantic appeal.

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    Country-French Inspired

    Doors that best complement the architecture of a home are those that reflect its materials and design aesthetic. This home's grandeur relies on stately proportions in both massing and windows and a mix of warmly neutral materials. Both the door landing and the door itself add to that, with window panes and subtle curved carving in the wood. Stonework and a carved figure above the door add details to help the door blend beautifully with the home.

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    Subtle Pattern

    Details that, unless closely studied, often go unnoticed are also hallmarks of homes, windows, and doors of worldly influence. Here, raised panels are the most distinctive detail of this European-style wood door. Repetition of the home's architectural elements -- such as an arch -- also offer a distinguishing way to dress up an ordinary door.

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    Better in Blue

    Unexpected color on the front door as well as the shutters lends this stately home an air of contemporary yet worldly flair. A closer look gives way to an unusual detail: The front door is not divided symmetrically, but has a window with one pane and a door with two.

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    Tiled and Tucked-Away

    Many front doors show their worldly influence by the combination of one-of-a-kind elements and their unique placement in a home's front facade. Here, the landing, steps, and front door all work together to create a European-influenced entrance. Patterned tiles create a pretty mosaic on the front face between each step, while terra-cotta tiles tone down the eclectic mix of colors. In place of a showy design, the double front doors, as well as a dark painted side door, offer contrast to the stair tiles and the tile above one door.

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    Symmetrical in Green

    Although some characteristics may differ, many worldly-inspired homes and front doors rely on a sense of order and symmetry. That’s the case with the updated facade of this elegant home. The mansard-style roof, flanked by distinct wings on either side adds defined height. The double front doors increase their presence with a set of transom windows as well as a mellow green that plays off the monochromatic landscape.

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    Slimmed Down

    Unusual proportions are often found in residential buildings in well-traveled spots such as Europe. This home plays off those distinctive elements, combining unfamiliar silhouettes with a Mediterranean-influenced mix of materials, massing, and colors. Here, a very narrow, very tall wood door picks up on the narrow windows and vertical setup of the home. The richly stained color adds warmth to the sunshine yellow paint colors, as well as complements the collection of tiles on the front entrance.

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    Mediterranean Style

    In palette and proportion, this elegant home inspires thoughts about the South of France or retreats in Tuscany. To pick up on those stylistic influences, the double front door repeats the gentle arch on the tops of the first-floor windows, as well as the patterning in the windows’ mullions. Oversize framing sets the door off from the rest of the home, while the small landing provides graceful entree to the paved front yard.

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    Worn and Well-Used

    Rustic is one word that many people use to describe the design of homes that are influenced by old world or European style. The elements and details look careworn through frequent use and centuries of wear. The worn wood door -- exhibiting what seems to be a lifetime of details on its unfinished face -- helps reinforce this home’s wordly feel, as do the not-so-perfect pebble landing pad and espaliered trees.

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    Focus on the Front

    Short on space, many European homes make better use of front landscapes with paving and grand entrances. That’s the case with this impressively scaled home. Double wood doors -- inset with patterned glass -- imitate the double windows as well as the arched transom pieces. The grand stairs and paved driveway both work in tandem with the showcase entrance. The materials complement the design, and the formal placement suits the home’s geometry.

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    Peek-a-Boo Gate

    Gates and fences are classic romantic elements of worldly-influenced home architecture. Those pieces typically include a door that offers an invitation and alludes to discovery. That’s the case with this pretty wood gate, inset into a stucco fence. The door, which swings open on hinges, is unique becauase it doesn’t extend to the top of the frame. It also marks the transition between one type of stone walkway and another, and grounds the pretty peachy tones of the fence with its dark wood hue.

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    A Grand Welcome

    Many homes that exhibit a distinct worldly influence do so because of the grandness of scale. Windows are bigger, doorways and connections to the outdoors are more frequent, and outside spaces are better connected to those indoors. This home’s stateliness does all of that, with elegant porches and details such as oversize shutters. The front door plays an integral part, too, with a pretty arch as part of the frame, mimicking the archway on the porch. Insets in the wood as well as symmetrical accents like the sconces reinforce the door’s impressiveness.

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    Stucco Style

    Odd angles and unusual window and door placements are often found in homes of older European towns and cities, and that’s one way to replicate the feel of worldly architecture in a door. Here, the striking wood door is set at an unexpected angle, with a bold knocker and an eccentric looking knob.

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    Examining an Entrance

    Because of scale and massing, front doors risk getting lost in homes that exhibit distinct European or worldly style; patterning and material choices can help. Here, there are no symmetrical proportions to guide visitors to the entrance. Instead, the homeowners chose oversize sconces as well as a double front door -- made of wood with generous additions of glass -- to signal the way in.

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