Simple projects can spruce up your door and help your home give a great first impression.
There are many simple, and inexpensive ways to help your home make a great first impression.
Looking for a simple home improvement project that can have big impact on your home's curb appeal? Here are a few simple ideas for a quick and inexpensive spruce-up that will customize and stylize your entryway. A few simple steps and your new entryway will be welcoming guests in style.
Paint the Front Door
Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways of freshening up any room of the house, so why not the front door? You don't have to paint your entire house to give it a fresh feel. Freshen up your door with a soft earthy color to balance your home's natural color scheme or create contrast and make a bright bold statement your visitors are sure to notice. Ask your local paint professional which paint is right for your door and your climate.
Is your doorknob looking a little tired with crusty old paint and scratches? Replace it with something fresh and updated. A new doorknob or an interesting doorknocker can add personalized style to your entryway. Choose a select piece of vintage hardware picked up at an antique store or select from the wide variety of finishes currently on the market including shiny brass, distressed or polished nickel, rubbed bronze and copper.
Upgrade Your Lighting
Lighting is often considered the jewelry of a home's space and a new light fixture at your front door can define a style. Options in your lighting create personalized ambience depending upon the type of fixture you choose. Combinations of colored glass and bulb wattages can create a bright and friendly feel or a warm and cozy welcome. When considering new lighting for your entryway, be sure to consider a finish that complements your new door hardware in order to create visual harmony.
New House Numbers
This may sound like a small thing, but it can pack a big punch. The selection for house numbers is as varied as paint, door hardware and lighting. You can choose graphically bold numbers, elegantly styled numbers or numbers with a funky feel to guide your visitors to the right place. This project can also be as inexpensive as you need. Make your own from treated wood, or stencil them prominently using that leftover paint from your front door project. Let your creativity run!
A Fresh Door Mat
Nothings says "Welcome" better than a new welcome mat. This is an item often overlooked, but tossing that old worn out mat and replacing it with something crisp and clean may be in order to complete your front door rejuvenation project.
- Published in: Coast Explorer Spring 2010
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