Your front door is the gateway to your home – a space that greets all who enter. And as such, it provides an exciting opportunity for you to help define your guests’ first impressions of your home.
Yet, some are stymied when it comes to decorating the front door. After all, it can’t be styled in the same way as an indoor space or even a patio.
So what can you do to give your front door a homey touch? Try adding some of these great accents or features to give it the personality it needs to make an impression:
Let’s start with one of the most crucial elements: your front door handle. Of course, this is first and foremost a functional piece, but it’s also a defining element that helps show off your home’s style immediately.
Front door handles come in a huge range of designs and finishes, so there are plenty of options. Whether you want a sleek and minimalist handle, something classic with intricate details or a more understated piece, you can find door hardware to meet your needs.
In addition to general appearance, be sure to also consider the size of the handle; it should be proportional to the door. If you have a small single door, a standard-sized door handle should work well, but if your entry features large double door something weightier may be in order.
Don’t forget that for a double door entrance you’ll need a handle for each door to create a balanced look.
A doorbell is another functional piece that can add some character to your entry. Doorbell buttons are smaller installations that act almost as accessories for your other defining pieces. You can keep this element simple with a more utilitarian design that will blend in, or you can choose from hundreds of expressive and artistic designs; the design options are nearly limitless.
A traditional element that is all class, door knockers are no longer only available in traditional styles. Like doorbell buttons, door knockers come in a huge range of designs including modern, traditional and rustic looks – but, the real fun comes with those that are whimsically themed. From pineapples and lobsters to dogs and foxes, these entertaining accessories put a statement front and center where it can’t be missed.
Depending on whether you opt to also include a doorbell, the knocker can be functional, decorative or both. For more info on how to choose the right door knocker for your home, check out our article on the subject.
A front door should be welcoming – and it certainly isn’t very inviting to leave guests in the dark. A pair of outdoor sconces flanking your door makes the perfect addition to bring adequate light and a balanced appearance to your entry. Make sure to choose sconces that complement the overall style of your home’s exterior and provide the amount and type of lighting that your entry requires.
A door mat is another great way to add some personality to your stoop. You can create a formal feel with a traditional door mat or bring a fun touch with bright colors or novelty designs.
Of course door mats are functional too, so they are always a helpful addition to help keep dirt, mud and water out of the house.
Although these aren’t as useful as some of the other front door decorations, planters, topiaries, or sculptures placed to the sides of a door can add a lot to the appearance of your entry. A pair of any of these can create a balanced look and add a weight to the space that makes it feel less like a transitional area and more like a substantial entry.
Of course no guide to front door decorations would be complete without mentioning the most popular door décor of all: wreaths. These warm and welcoming accents are a fantastic way to bring a seasonal look to your home. You can adorn your entry with warm colors for fall, some pine for a bit of Christmas cheer, or a floral element for spring or summer! No matter what holiday or season you want to celebrate, there are is wide range of front door wreaths to that can help you (and your home) get into the spirit of things.
Whether you include all of these elements or just one or two, any of these front door decorations can make a big difference in the appearance of your entry. So find your style and get started creating an inviting front door that you are proud to show off!