Is it “come on in” or “go away”?
Last week we told you how to choose an interior door and, as promised, now it’s time for the main event: the front door. As you know, first impressions are indeed the most lasting (no, it’s not just a trite cliche) and your front door is no exception. The style, color, and condition of your front door not only welcomes visitors to your home, it tells them much more than you’d think about your house and even about yourself.
With thousands of shapes, sizes, styles, and colors, your options for your front door are quite literally limitless. Even the most standard door can and should be customized to reflect your personality and taste, soften up a severe facade or add character to a bland exterior.
The most important rule of thumb: always be sure to choose a door that coordinates with your home’s style. If you own a stately Victorian, don’t put on an ultra-modern lime green door. If your home is sleek and minimalist, skip the heavy, ornate hand-carved door from Italy. Aside from that rule, you can go wild choosing your door. Pick a great color, an unusual shape or size, or even just some awesome hardware to make your door truly unique.
Over the last few years, it’s become acceptable and trendy to paint the front door a noticeable contrasting color. Dark colors allow you to keep up with the trend without stepping out of your comfort zone (plus, they’ve always been “in”). Black is a practical classic; navy or eggplant are rich alternatives for the slightly more daring. Deep red is traditionally welcoming and goes well with many facades.