Front Entrance Design Tips

As the saying goes, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” This holds true not only for first dates or job interviews but for the place you call home, too. Today we’re talking about creating a fabulous front entrance design, one that’s inviting and stylish {and hopefully envied by your neighbors!}. It is also a great space to continue your personal aesthetic and to make small, easy and inexpensive updates to help freshen up your home’s look.

Shut the front door. The front door is a great place to entertain color and put your personality on display. Just be sure, though, that your selection both compliments your home’s current exterior materials and seamlessly blends with its structure style. For example, historic victorians can entertain more eclectic color palettes than say revived colonials. Play up the charm in your cape cod with pastels or accentuate your brick-front rowhome with a shade that packs a punch.

 {The charcoal gray shade used here emphasizes the home’s character, pairing well with the brick’s varying tones and adding an industrial feel to the front entrance. Paint:  Railings by Farrow and Ball .}

{The charcoal gray shade used here emphasizes the home’s character, pairing well with the brick’s varying tones and adding an industrial feel to the front entrance. Paint: Railings by Farrow and Ball.}

Hardly just hardware. Think of hardware items such as locks, house numbers and door knockers as the finishing touches to your front entrance makeover. Just like jewelry completes any outfit, these pieces are your exteriors’ accessories. With endless styles and finishes available to meet your personal flair and functional needs, carefully coordinated hardware selections help to polish off your front entrances look.

 {Bring a little character to your front entrance with a fun door hardware like this polished bronze crab knocker, perfect for your waterfront property. From  Bellacor .}

{Bring a little character to your front entrance with a fun door hardware like this polished bronze crab knocker, perfect for your waterfront property. From Bellacor.}

Seat yourself. Seating subtly send an inviting message to your houseguests and extends the living space of your home outdoors. Whether it’s a porch swing, wooden rocker or cast iron garden bench, there is something suitable for every type of style tastebud. Again, make sure the seating selections complement the style of your home. A minimalist, sleek chair may not mesh with your farmhouse’s wrap-around porch. A set of Adirondack chairs, however, may be the perfect fit for your bungalow’s veranda.

 {A rocking Adirondack chair? This chair offers the traditional and universal style with an added boost of relaxation. You’ll have to pry me off the front porch. From:  loll .}

{A rocking Adirondack chair? This chair offers the traditional and universal style with an added boost of relaxation. You’ll have to pry me off the front porch. From: loll.}

Don’t overlook accessories. Accessories such as welcome mats and lanterns are easy and inexpensive options to add a little pizzaz without a hefty price tag. Dress up your seating with an outdoor pillow. Design a vignette of gardening items such as watering cans. Continue a cohesive color palette with a variety of decorative planters. Also, consider filling a storage bin with a few of your front entrance decor finds, this way you have a small stash of things to rotate and keep boredom at bay.

 {This monogramed welcome mat has an estate-esque air about it. A great option for the homeowner with a more formal, classic style. From:  Frontgate .}

{This monogramed welcome mat has an estate-esque air about it. A great option for the homeowner with a more formal, classic style. From: Frontgate.}

Floral flourishes. Properly selected greenery is key to a fabulous front entrance. When browsing the greenhouses at your local garden center consider how much shade or sun the space receives throughout the day. From hanging baskets to window boxes to wall-mounted planters, there is truly a way to incorporate flora whether you’re an urban dweller or suburbian. Plants and flowers are an easy way to add color and a breathe of life to your front entrance, just be sure to care for and maintain them.

 {Clustering some classic planters together are not only a foolproof front entrance design tip, but the neutrals will help the flowers’ colors pop. From:  Ballard Designs .}

{Clustering some classic planters together are not only a foolproof front entrance design tip, but the neutrals will help the flowers’ colors pop. From: Ballard Designs.}

Hopefully this post has encouraged you to take a step outside and brainstorm how to jazz up your front entrance. With summer underway and entertaining in the air, your backyard barbecue guests will enjoy arriving to your inviting home. I encourage you to take just as much as pride in your home’s front exterior as you do for your interior!

April Pardoe