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Refresh Your Front Entry

An updated front entry makes a welcoming first impression. From stylish accessories to a fresh color palette, customize your home with a personality-packed ensemble.

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    • Classic Charm

      Enhance your home's facade with a few charming exterior touches. A mahogany door with matching molding sets a timeless tone, and its insulated glass meets Energy Star guidelines. The do-it-yourself address plaque features self-adhesive numbers and comes in three background finishes.

      Sources
      Door: Craftsman Rawhide finish with brick mold, Pella Windows & Doors, pella.com. Door hardware: Traemore in oil-rubbed bronze, Westlock, westlock.com. House numbers: Distinctions arch-top steel address plaque and Distinctions flush-mount metal numbers, Home Depot, homedepot.com. Doormat: Braided Coir, Restoration Hardware, resorationhardware.com. Bench: Lutyens, Plow and Hearth, plowhearth.com.

      Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed products.

    • Add Greenery

      Give your entry a fresh finish by slipping evergreens and shrubs into planters. Add visual interest by varying their heights and types. For best results, transplant evergreens and shrubs in your yard before the soil freezes.

    • Refresh a Classic Entry

      Inspired to remake your entrance? Few projects can provide an instant facelift like a fresh coat of paint can. Instead of the expected red, step outside of the norm by painting your door orange for a warm, fun, and vibrant look.

      Sources
      Door: Steel door with fan light, with paintable wood brick mold; hardware: Savoy in Satin Nickel, Pella Windows & Doors, ; Light Fixtures: Bel Air (296598), Lowe's, lowes.com. House numbers: stencil house numbers; mailbox: Postage, Chiasso, chiasso.com. Rug: Roundabout, Plow & Hearth, plowhearth.com. Planters: Windsor, Home Decorators Collection, homedecorators.com.

      Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed products.

    • Customize Accessories

      Forgo a traditional doormat for a colorful round rug that's suitable for outdoor use. PVC planters can be painted to complement your color palette, plus they are lightweight and maintenance-free.

    • Finishing Touches

      Relax a formal entry with a pretty mix of metals. A fiberglass door with a repaintable wood-look finish and an aluminum-clad frame offers low maintenance. Try a copper finish on house numbers to make them stand out from afar. If your front entry is lacking character, add a little instant architecture with a ready-made iron trellis.

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      Door: Factory-finish iron ore with aluminum brick mold, Pella Windows & Doors, pella.com; Door hardware: Kwikset Belleview Single Cylinder in Venetian Bronze with cove knob, kwikset.com. Light fixture: World Imports Dark Sky Revere Collection Lantern in Flemish, Home Depot, homedepot.com. House numbers: Twig & Vine in Copper , Atlas Homewares, atlashomewares.com. Rug: Navarre indoor/outdoor rug; trellis: Iron overdoor trellis, Ballard Designs, ballardesigns.com. Table: Catalina, World Market, worldmarket.com. Door knocker: Aviary in Antique Bronze, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.

      Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed products.

    • Two Sides

      An outdoor table isn't just for the backyard. Up front, it's ideal for plants or as a perch for bags when you check the mail. Matched sets flanking the door are fine, but different accents of similar visual weight and height, such as this table and pot, provide balance and contrast.

    • Greenhouse Effect

      A hint of nature can instantly energize an entryway. With a leafy-green door and plants in sculptural containers, this front door ties perfectly to nature.

      Sources
      Door: Douglas fir (7134), Simpson Door, simpsordoor.com. Door hardware: SmartScan dead bolt, Sheridan handle set, kwikset.com. Knocker: Mission, Atlas Homewares, atlashomewares.com. Sconces: Portfolio galvanized steel outdoor wall light, Lowe's, lowes.com; Mailbox: envelope mailbox, Chiasso, chiasso.com

      Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed products.

    • Style Made Simple

      Add instant contemporary polish to an entry with metal accents. These brushed-metal house numbers look stylish and are easy to apply -- just peel, stick, and enjoy.

    • High Contrast

      A brilliant blue door with sharp black trim, crisp white house numbers, and sunny sconces gives drama to this traditional scheme.

      Sources
      Door: Douglas fir (7134), Simpson Door, simpsordoor.com. Door hardware: Catalina Gatehouse (226009), Lowe's, lowes.com. Lights: modern coach lanterns, shadesoflight.com. House Numbers: rub-on house numbers, wonderfulgraffiti.com. Planters: ceramic lattice stools, artandartifact.com.

      Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed products.

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      Strike a Balance

      Soften a striking color scheme with delicate details. Seasonal flowers and neutral-color pots balance a bold entry with a touch of feminine flair.

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      Woodland Retreat

      Rich earth tones, a wood door with a natural finish, and rustic materials such as copper and bronze lend classic character to this Craftsman-style entry door. Even the doormat, which resembles smooth river rock, harkens to the traditional building materials of the Craftsman era.

      Sources
      Door: stainable knotty alder (7134), simpsondoor.com. Door hardware: Addison handle set in Aged Bronze, schlage.com. Knocker: oiled-bronze pinecone door knocker, michaelhealy.com. Lights: Madera sconce, restorationhardware.com. Mailbox: copper mailbox, smithandhawken.com. House numbers: Mission numbers, rejuvenation.com.

      Note: Some products may be discontinued or no longer available. Please contact the manufacturer for information on the listed products.

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      Build on Character

      If your home nods to a particular style, gain instant curb appeal with a character-filled entry. A dentil shelf is an affordable way to customize a Craftsman-style entry and add visual interest to a door.

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