- When it comes to specific colors to paint front doors there aren't really any rules. However, it's important to choose one that will compliment the rest of the home's exterior. Something strong and bold can make a statement, while something dark and dramatic can add sophistication.
- Outdoor lighting doesn't just illuminate the area, it adds style and sophistication. An overhead lantern or a pair of sconces is a must. Look for a complimentary style and consider scale and proportion. When in doubt err on the side of too large rather than too small.
- If using an overhead hanging fixture remember that hanging it lower will be more welcoming than hanging it too high. Just make sure it's not so low that visitors will bump their heads.
Handles and Knobs
- Every door will undoubtedly have a knob or handle. Think about whether you prefer a traditional knob shape, a thumb-latch, or a lever-style handle. Find one that compliments the door and the rest of the home's exterior. If you're looking for something with a little personality consider using vintage hardware.
- House numbers are an essential element of a home's exterior. Typically they're placed on or next to the front door. While they should compliment the style of the home's exterior and other hardware, but they don't need to match exactly.
- Try to find house numbers that are neither too large nor too small. They should be about 4" to 6" high. Place them under a light if possible and if they can be placed against a contrasting background so much the better. This will allow for maximum visibility during the evening hours.
- Using a door knocker is a great way to add a little personality to your front door. Styles range from classic to contemporary to kitschy, so add one that will suit your home's exterior as well as your personality.
Doorbells and Mail Slots
- Decorative doorbells and mail slots aren't just practical, they make great ornamental details. If applicable to your front door, find ones that compliment the other hardware (knob, knocker, etc.).
Even if you don't have a large front porch you can still add tons of personality to the outside of your home. If you've got a door, you've got potential.