They say you get one chance to make a first impression. If that applies to our homes, then the front door should make a statement. Whether you live in a townhouse or a traditional ranch home, these five styling ideas are sure to amp up the welcome factor for your entry.

April 12, 2016

House numbers can be a fun way to add a playful punch of style to your front door. Try adding larger numbers (Etsy is a great source!) beside the door or on the porch. For a more traditional look, consider spelling out your house number on an overhang or porch column.

2. Bring the Indoors Out

Before you run out to your local garden center to style your front door, shop your house first. You may already have what you need. If you have a covered entryway, consider using baskets as planters, repurposing a small stool as a plant stand, or hanging some pretty paper lanterns.

3. Dress Up Your Door

When styling your entry, don't forget about the door itself. Experiment with a fun paint color, or add a little bling with a pretty door knocker. If you have a plain, flat front door, consider adding some design detail by using a wood product like O'verlays.

4. Have a Seat

A place to sit and read or chat with neighbors instantly creates a warm, inviting feel around your front door. Try a bench with pillows or a traditional front porch swing if you have the space. If not, you might opt for a couple of colorful garden stools instead.

5. Supersize Your Lighting

If there's one thing that can instantly update the look of your front door -- and increase the curb appeal -- it's outdoor lighting. Upgrading to larger sconces or an overhead pendant is a quick way to take years off the look of your home and make a welcoming statement.


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