We all know that the very first impression for someone first visiting your home is the front door entryway. Choosing the right door and hardware can make a huge difference in how your entire house looks. The right door can make or break your curb appeal of your home.
The door, along with the rest of the design elements for your front entryway, can tell a lot about the owner of the home. What his ir her taste and style is, preference of living, some people can even make an educated guess on the type of person that you are just by looking at your front door. Because of this, choosing the right door and hardware can be quite a decision.
One thing that you might want to consider is whether or not the door hardware and door itself brings any increased value to your home. Things like silver, gold or bronze finishes will not only bring some style and class to an otherwise drab entryway, but also can increase the value and visual curb appeal of yur entire home. Door knobs, door knockers and locks all play a part. Remember, it is the little things that can make all the difference.
Besides the door handle and lock, other things that you can add to your door to spice up your entryway are peepholes (assuming you have no windows), knockers that have a viewer window, kick plate at the bottom of the door, and you don’t want to forget a stylish door mat to tie it all together.
Another thing to think of is the door itself and whether it fits with the rest of the home’s design. You want something that will make a statement but not something that will just stick out like a sore thumb with the rest of the house. Think about things like whether or not there are windows in the door and whether these windows are stained glass or other design.
When shopping for door and door hardware to enhance your curb appeal, you will want to pay attention to the current trends and styles that are popular. This can be as easy as looking at current home design magazines to get some great ideas to copy from.
While looks are important, you certainly don’t want to sacrifice usability as well. Something might look great but if it doesn’t work well, like a door that is hard to open because of the door handle chosen, it can be more of a problem than a help.
These are just a few things that you can do with your doorway at the front of your house to not only make a good first impression, but increase the curb appeal and value of your entire home.
[box title=”About The Author ” color=”#4ba7e7″]Ruth Rogers is a home improvement lover that enjoys working around her house to help improve the looks and function of her place. She recommends having dirt trapper runners at all entrances to your home.[/box]