You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Regardless of your home’s style, when people come to – and go through — your front door, you want to wow them. Fortunately, that’s not as hard as you might think. Following these entryway tips can help you create that “wow” effect every time someone visits your home.
If you don’t want to purchase a new door, you should at least paint it, recommends Dan DiClerico, Home Expert and Smart Home Strategist at HomeAdvisor. He says it’s one of the best ways to refresh your entryway. This project is particularly effective on easy-to-miss entrances; you want your home’s front door to be clearly visible to guests.
Black is a classic color for the door. However, DiClerico says that your region of the country may determine the best color for you. For instance, you may choose hunter green for mountainous regions, or terra-cotta for desert landscapes. And if you’re handy with a paintbrush, you can do this project yourself for less than $50 in materials.
This residential entryway looks like an art museum.
The front door is the first stop, but not the last, so you also need to consider what’s behind it. Again, paint is an important consideration. “Since the entry to a home can be a busy area, an eggshell finish is a great choice,” says Andrea Magno, a Benjamin Moore Color and Design Expert.
Regarding actual colors, she says that you need to consider how your entryway color will blend with the adjacent rooms. “The color choice should coordinate with each room, making neutrals very popular for this type of space.”
However, neutral doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. “Some great choices that fall into the neutral category (but are far from boring!) are Revere Pewter, Edgecomb Gray, Balboa Mist or Manchester Tan,” she explains. “Also, don’t rule out using White Opulence or Simply White in the entry, as it will create a bright and fresh look that can be enhanced with accents through furniture, area rugs, accessories or fabrics.”