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How to design an attention grabbing front entrance

12th Oct '20 • By Rohit Mankame

You only get one chance to create a first impression, and your front door is the first impression your visitors have of your home. In fact, it is the first and last thing they see when you pass through the front entrance. So it is essential for it to be attention grabbing! Find out what you can do for your homes here:

Great big house with entranceYour front entrance is the first thing guests will see when they visit your home, and first impressions matter! 

What are the different ways of making your entrance stand out? 

Grand front door

Grand Front Door

Impress visitors with a generous front door that makes them say “wow!” Large doors are a great way to make a statement and are sure to grab attention. The most popular designs we see submitted through our platform are natural timber and modern sliding designs. 

Black Glass door

Glass Doors

Nothing says modern and sleek like glasswork built into the architecture. Glass windows combined with a glass front door is a great way to create the illusion of a sizable front door. These designs help make your home look open and connected to the outdoors. Glass signals that your house is an open, friendly place. Adding full-length matching windows on both sides of a door invites in natural light and expands the perceived width of the door, making your whole entry seem large.

Wooden beams for entrance

Large Wooden Beams

A little creativity and craftsmanship can be used to accentuate the front entrance. Wooden beams built to frame the entrance look beautiful and give a rustic look to the house. These beams could be in the traditional triangular shape with supporting pillars or arched to offer a softer look.  

Multi-coloured doors

Pop of Colour

A dose of bright, bold paint can never go astray when it comes to grabbing attention. There are so many beautiful colours to choose from. Our favorites are shades of blue, green and earth tones. Just make sure to select the right hue for your entrance so that it goes with the overall style and design of the house.

For the front entrance, the most common colour is black. It looks timeless and sophisticated, takes on various moods regardless of the house's theme and still lets the door decorations stand out, such as fresh wreaths, knobs, numbers or signs. 

Another tip to consider is when painting the door, compare the exterior and interior paint schemes. Make sure that they blend in, if the exterior colour works well with your interior, carry it through and make the door stand out as a feature. 

driveway to house

The Driveway

The driveway has an incredibly large footprint at the front of your home so it is important to get it right in order to make a strong impression and add value to the home. A great way to create a beautiful and attention grabbing driveway is with permeable paving - an intelligent design that helps water pass through the pavers rather than run across or down the driveway.

Unique outdoor lighting

Light up The Way

Put your front entrance in the spotlight! Great lighting not only improves the aesthetics of your home, it also helps keep your entryway safe by deterring burglars. Solar lighting or motion sensor lights can be used to illuminate the path up to the entryway. Hanging lights are also a wonderful way to beautify the entrance and brighten up the area.

The fixed lighting should include path or step lights for safety, some at ground level, others a bit higher for directional help. Install feature lighting to show off a beautiful tree, feature wall or garden sculpture. Also, think of getting a light to illuminate the front door, and even some lighting to make the keyhole or doorbell visible.

Garden path to entrance

Guide them up a garden path

Take note of traditional houses with a direct view of the garden that leads visitors to the door from the driveway. Frame the front door with paving, structural hedging or plants in pots to build a feeling of arrival. 

Many new homes can be baffling for visitors coming to visit for the first time without visual landscaping hints. From the street to the front entrance, walking stones make it clear where to go. 

Visual guides to steer visitors towards your front door are especially important if there are other doors on the front of the house.

Big unique house entry numbers

Entryway House Numbers

Ever had someone deliver food to your house, only to see the delivery person struggling to find your house? Replace basic house numbers for eye-catching front entrance appeal. We suggest getting metal numbers, with adequate plants for a unique front door display. Make sure that the numbers are at least 4 inches tall so they will be easily visible from the street. 

Feature pieces outside at the house entrance

Feature Pieces

Feature pieces are a great way to create an interesting focal point for home. For example, place a few flower pots and plants against the entryway or line the entrance with trees. Use beautifully coloured tiles for the steps leading up the walkway or place chairs nearby to give a warm, welcoming look.

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