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Jazz It Up: Quick Design Ideas For Your Front Door

Updated on June 11, 2013

A front door serves as the gateway to a home; hence, style-wise, it must hint what’s about to roll up. On top of that, it is almost always expected to jazz up the overall style of the home, as well as provide guests an exciting preview of what’s on the inside.

Owing to this, it’s always best to add a little personal touch. And what better way to create a warm welcome than to know which elements you can actually play or experiment with?

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The first thing you might want to consider is the color of your front door. There are no strict rules for going about this; however, it is imperative that you opt for a shade that will go well with the rest of the home’s exterior. If you want to make a statement, then go for something bold and strong. If you want it too ooze sophistication, then your best bet is to pick something dark yet dramatic.

Once you’ve decided on one, you may go straight to selecting an outdoor lighting. Apart from lighting up the area, various styles of outdoor lighting can easily take style to a whole new level. Overhead lanterns, for instance, may just do wonders. For a warmer feel, all you will have to do, really is to hang it a bit low.

Now, remember your house number? You can play with that, too. Being the essential element that they are, they cannot be too small or too big. They should measure about 4 to 6 inches high. For maximum visibility, you may either place them against a contrasting background or right beneath a light.

From there, you may then pretty up your door handles and knobs. Figure whether a traditional knob is your thing, or if a lever style is more right up your alley. Should you wish for it to have more personality, then consider making best use of vintage hardware.

Door knockers also rank among the so many ways to embellish your front door. While they usually come in metal form, they are often categorized according to design. A minimalistic one would usually consist of a fully steel plate and a basic ring as a knocker, while chic ones typically come in the form of a lion’s or dragon’s head, with knockers that are of flowery designs.

Doorbells, on the other hand, are normally pretty ordinary. Then again, you can always take it up a notch by getting your DIY muscles working. For example, you can turn an old NES controller mod into a wireless buzzer.

There may be an array of ways to make your front door more attractive; however, don’t forget that they have to be tough, too. Together with the sun, drizzle, sleet, and snow, front doors also have to be capable of warding off intruders or receiving newspapers being thrown at them. Nevertheless, add tons of personality to yours by knowing which elements to do up and which creative batteries to put to work.


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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      A very nice, detailed list of things to consider for the front door. I personally think yellow is a very nice color, and your sample goes well with blue.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very inspiring article. I would love a dark and dramatic door, with a vintage knocker that inspires a mythological mood to reflect the interior of my home -- if I had my own house. I live in an apartment, hence have no choice. I will bookmark your hub, though, for I know I will have my own house someday. I enjoyed reading your hub. Thank you.

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I really love some of the great options you have described. My doors need some new bold color for sure. Yellow would stand out nice. Never thought of adding a fancy new door knocker. I will now. Great read.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      I love dark green front doors with brass embellishments. I'd have an unusual image for a door knocker, something nautical as we're near a marina and canal, and it would be mainly for show as I think a bell is essential. The bell would be loud and a natural sound, maybe a blackbird's song.

      Your hub has lots of ideas, traditional and not so; it inspires us to be as creative as possible. Lovely! Up++

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I love to decorate, but I haven't paid much attention to the front door. thank you for these beautiful suggestions.

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Nicely done. I would love to have a different door but the way my house is right now, it won't happen. Ah well, someday....Voted up.