ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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?

Which colour do you prefer for your door?

See results

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 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.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile image

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 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.

    • Ruby H Rose profile image

      Maree Michael Martin 

      4 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.

    • annart profile image

      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++

    • MsDora profile image

      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.

    • Danette Watt profile image

      Danette Watt 

      5 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)