20 DIY Front Door Ideas for the Most Inviting Entry on the Block
Switch Your Sconces
Great lighting is essential to a welcoming entryway. For a quick DIY update to your front door, swap out existing sconces with fixtures that suit your home's style. Here, vintage-style lantern sconces play up a stone exterior and complement dark door trim. If your style is more modern, opt for outdoor light fixtures with a more contemporary shape.
Add Potted Plants
Perk up your front door area with containers of pretty flowers. Add a topiary to vary the scale and incorporate an eye-catching sculptural element. If you have a covered porch, be sure to choose flowers that do well in the shade. You can even make your own house-number planter to bring greenery up to eye level.
Hang a DIY Wreath
Add DIY Trim Around the Door
Install a Dutch Door
Paint Your Front Door Red
Spell Out House Numbers
Instantly modernize your home by changing the house numbers to words. Choose a spot with plenty of horizontal space, such as a portico, to mount the letter arrangement. Use a measuring tool and level to ensure evenly spaced letters.
Add Style with Decorative Front Door Accents
Combine a decorative door with elegant accents for a high-impact entry. Here, dark bronze and copper accents tie together the Craftsman lockset, modern-industrial sconce, sleek 1930s mailbox, and romantic planters. Florals on the bench pillow and doormat soften the entry's many angles.
Add a DIY Front Door Treatment
Draw eyes to the front door by decorating the surface. This DIY project forms a pattern using varying lengths of 3/4-inch screen molding. This lockset's clean lines and simple shape make it the ultimate accessory for this graphic, angular door.
Mount Color-Coordinated House Numbers
Create a Midcentury Mod Entry
Give a lackluster entryway more spunk with midcentury modern style. Change out front door accessories, such as the doorknob, welcome mat, or mailbox, for a quick update that offers big style. Here, a starburst doorknob and polka-dot doormat reinforce the retro feel of this punchy crimson door.
Choose a Door with Windows
When updating an entrance, consider a new door with windows to enhance your exterior (and let more light into your entryway). Look to your home's style to help you determine which door style will work best. Angled windows in this door give an instant nod to this home's era.
Incorporate Concrete Curb Appeal
Easy-to-read house numbers are a must. Make DIY numbers with cast concrete to give your front door a cool, industrial vibe. Tip: Make sure your house numbers are at least 4-6 inches tall so they can easily be seen from the street.
Decorate Your Front Door
Nothing says "welcome" like larger-than-life blooms. To create this dramatic front door design, we resized a black-eyed Susan image to match the door's scale and added oversized house numbers in a funky font. A company that creates graphic vehicle wraps printed the image and adhered it to a solid-core door with heat (the same way they would attach it to a car).
Refresh a Welcome Mat
Update a plain welcome mat with a custom paint job. Here, spray-painted blades of grass in varying shades of green form a fun, nature-inspired design. For clean lines, use a stencil or mark off your own pattern using painters tape.
Play Up the Contrast
Contrasting colors can really make your front door pop. Upgrade your curb appeal by painting the front door a color that stands out against the exterior. This bright blue door with a nautical wreath cheerfully greets guests.
Update Your Existing Door
Use Analogous Colors
For a quick refresh, accessorize your front stoop with colorful accents, such as plant pots, patio furniture, or a welcome mat. An analogous color scheme (made up of colors that are side-by-side on the color wheel) creates a high-energy, attractive entryway. The front door is dressed up with accessories in shades of blue, teal, and green, adding interest to the white-painted brick facade.
Accessorize Your Front Door
When a total makeover isn't in the budget, dress up your threshold in seasonal decor. For this welcoming springtime display, match a playful green door with a butterfly wreath. Switch up your accessories throughout the year to correspond with the seasons.