Front Entry Lighting and Accessories
Think Beyond Daylight
Good curb appeal has visual impact all day long, but it shouldn't end at sunset. Make your house the evening star of the neighborhood with entry fixtures, landscape lighting, and lighting under the eaves.
Spotlight the Entry
Set your home apart from the street with a few choice design details that enhance its signature features. This charming cottage's natural materials come to life with a winding red walkway and robin's-egg blue front door. Bright white casing and accessories give the entrance presence.
Do More with Less
Give your home outstanding curb appeal with these easy-to-implement ideas that add character on the cheap.
A coach-style sconce can find a happy home in a range of settings. The burnished-metal look and handsome shape are compatible with formal architecture such as Federal and whimsical style such as cottage.
Add Signature Details
Fresh paint and a beautiful applied molding design draw eyes to this front door without compromising its historical charm. Welcoming touches such as a hand-painted house number and yellow wreath enhance the exterior's personality and curb appeal.
Extend your style personality to the front door by painting it a bold, bright color and adding complementary accessories. These no-fail color choices are flattering for all exteriors.
Mix It Up
Just like your interior lighting plan, exterior lighting can benefit from some variation. On this porch, a combination of sconces and overhead lighting not only adds interest but also provides task lighting for lounging and reading after dark.
Echo the Landscape
Your landscape doesn't have to stop at the front steps. Keep the momentum going by filling extra-large planters full of ferns that mimic the green of your garden. This front porch gets playful by varying the size and height of its planters by the entrance.
Pull the Look Together
An arch-top door and taupe-painted brick provide the perfect backdrop for boxy, overscale sconces. The sconces' rounded tops mimic the arched entryway, while their square profiles complement the shape of the door's windows, X motifs, and hardware.
House Numbers: How Big?
Generally, house numbers should be 4 to 6 inches tall for high visibility. Mount them where they can be spotted easily, such as on the front door, near the mailbox, or above the entry.
Tip: Avoid numerals that might rust or be difficult to clean. House numbers should be no-maintenance items.
Add Curb Appeal
Jazz up the front entry with one-of-a-kind address numbers. Choose a wrought-iron or brass design for a classic look, or try neon numbers for a modern twist.
For a bold, budget-friendly look, stencil oversize numbers onto a concrete stoop with paint. Brown and black hues were mixed to give the numbers a mottled look.
Refresh Tired Elements
Don't let old features leave your facade feeling flat. Paint perks up an exterior door and fixtures for much less than the cost of buying new. Freshen an antique door with a paint designed for metals, then use colorful accessories to make it coordinate with the rest of the porch.
It's easy to give new homes a been-here-forever patina. Cover a front entry with mismatched, old-world-inspired details such as a rugged wall lamp and mailbox. Here, antique hardware and tile house numbers gently age new doors and gates.
Light the Night
Dramatic fixtures over the entrance will help guests experience your home in a whole new light. Pendants suspended from this gated arbor enhance nighttime views and pull visitors toward the front door.
With its mottled glass shield banded by a single hoop of metal, this lighthouse lantern is perfect for a Cape Cod-style house. The fixture is a good candidate for an energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb because the opaque glass will mask the shape of the light source, even a twisty fluorescent.
As long as it is convenient for your mail carrier, mailboxes can be attached to the wall near the door or mounted a few feet away on a short post. Sleek and crisp, a vertical stainless-steel mailbox lends a modern touch to this charming cottage.
Tip: Check with local postal authorities about any installation regulations in your community before changing your mailbox placement.
Give the doorbell a rest by adding a new door knocker. It's a fun and stylish way for guests to announce their arrival.
A weather vane and cupola harken to an earlier time of American residential construction, but these charming add-ons still delight. Available in a variety of sizes, cupolas and weather vanes give your roof a jaunty touch of curb appeal.