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Grand Openings: 6 front door ideas to welcome your guests in style (and impress potential buyers)

6 Front Door Ideas

Whether you are opening your home to potential buyers or having friends and family over, the first thing they’ll see is your front door — the literal gateway into your space. Although this might not be the first element you think of when you think of decorating your house, it’s possibly one of the most important, so you’ll want to make sure it looks the part. Here are a few front door ideas to spruce it up — while boosting curb appeal at the same time.

1. Consider a lick of paint

If you have a wooden front door, one of the most impactful ways to take it to the next level is to paint it in a striking color. If confident hues aren’t your thing, try black or gray for an elegant feel. If your dreams are peppered with English cottages, opt for a lovely pastel tone — think pink, blue or green. Or, if you are feeling bold, a LEGO-style primary color always looks amazing, too.

2. Swap for a whole new door

Want to go a step further? Replacing your door with one that seems made for you — or is actually made for you, if you get it custom-built — is a great option. Go for a classic feel with a solid wood paneled door — or try a more modern look with a minimalist, unadorned slab of wood. Is your home contemporary? A metal or iron door could give it an industrial edge. If you’re looking to brighten up your home, a door with glass panels will let in the light, but if you want to maintain a level of privacy, go for frosted glass, which is more opaque while still allowing that healthy light to come in.

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3. Add some year-round wreaths

If you only put up a wreath for the holidays, you may be missing a trick. In fact, there are wreaths on the market for every season that can make your door look beautiful year-round. These often incorporate a slew of natural elements, including fruits, flowers, feathers or foliage. You can also opt for an evergreen wreath made of more durable materials, such as metal or wood if you don’t think you’ll remember to change it every few months.

4. Then think beyond that

Wreaths are a classic decoration for a reason: They’re undeniably beautiful and inviting. That said, if you’re looking to think outside that box, they’re not the only things that can look beautiful on your front door. Other creative ideas for objects to hang from your door include ice skates, an umbrella, a watering can, a hanging basket, an antique object like a camera, a chalkboard sign or, really, anything that strikes your fancy.

5. Invest in a beautiful knocker

A doorbell does its job just fine, but why not get a touch fancier? A knocker can add a lot of flair to your front door, and you can find so many different designs out there — from traditional to contemporary — to match your style. Adding a knocker will impress your guests and ensure that you know they’ve arrived. It’s a win-win.

6. Display your house number, proudly

Displaying your house number is certainly important for your guests and your mail carrier. (And, for first responders who may need to find you quickly.) But it doesn’t have to be utilitarian: You can use elegant or architectural numbers to adorn your front door — making it more special. You can hang individual numbers directly on the door, or place a custom address plaque above it if there is space. If part of your door is glass, you could order a metallic or frosted decal to beautifully showcase your address.

The takeaway from this story? There is more you can do with your front door than you might think — and that’s especially important if you want to welcome guests or impress potential buyers with their first glance at your house. We hope you’ve found some inspiration from these ideas. For more home design inspiration, visit our blog.

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