Have you ever walked up to your front door as a guest would? It’s an interesting exercise. Stand there for a few seconds, and look around with a critical eye. Do you see an attractive, well-appointed entrance? Do you feel warmly welcomed? Are you eager to enter the house and see more? If the answer to any of these questions is no, perhaps it’s time to make some door improvements. Here are some ways to decorate your front door:
1. Before you do anything else, give your door a good cleaning.
When neglected, doors can collect dust and dirt, which can create an uninviting exterior. While you’re cleaning the door, check to see if it could use a new coat of paint. Front doors can take a battering from rain, wind, and snow, causing paint to crack and peel. If you decide to paint your door, consider a new color to make it “pop” from the street view.
2. Rotate seasonal wreaths on your front door.
You can choose specific holiday wreaths to hang or choose colors and textures that correspond with spring, summer, fall, and winter seasons. Make sure the nail or hanger secures the wreath well to prevent it from moving around and scratching the door or from being blown off in high winds.
3. Instead of a wreath, hang a basket on your front door.
You can fill the basket with fresh or dried flowers, fruits, or greenery. Front door baskets can also be used as a drop-off spot for deliveries or for you to leave things to be picked up.
4. Put a pretty welcome mat on the top step or stoop.
In addition to helping reduce tracked-in dirt, a mat can add color and style to your door. Choose a welcome mat that complements the exterior of your home, or one that reflects your hobbies and interests. You can also get personalized welcome mats with your initial, monogram, or last name.
5. Add a door knocker for a traditional, classic touch.
Door knockers can be found in a variety of finishes, including brass, pewter, and iron. Some come in animal shapes or with floral details and other designs. Door knockers can even be engraved with your initials or a message.
6. Install a brass kick plate to the bottom of the door.
In addition to being attractive, a kick plate can help protect the bottom of the door from scratches, scuffs, damage, and weathering. Before ordering or purchasing a kick plate, measure your door carefully to ensure you get the right length and width to fit properly.
Now that your front door is on its way to looking spiffy, why not turn your attention to your back door, too? After all, if you’re like most people, you probably use that door the most. Give it some TLC with a new coat of paint and its own wreath or hanging for you and others to enjoy when going in or out.