Whether you’re looking to sell or make a stylish first impression, updating your home’s front door is a surefire way to boost curb appeal. Here are 11 quick fixes that will take your entryway from blah to bold.
1. Paint the front door. Show off your personality by painting your front door in a stand-out color. Modern Masters offers a Front Door Paint App that allows you to upload a photo of your entryway and play around with their collection of colors.
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2. Buy or DIY statement making address numbers. The possibilities are innumerable! If you’re crafty, create an address plaque with your digits on it. Big-box retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot have plenty of affordable options, but if you’re a renter looking for something a little less permanent, removal wall decals are the way to go.
3. Hang a seasonal wreath. Hit up your local craft store for a basic grapevine wreath that you can easily customize with ribbon, artificial flowers or monogram letters. There’s no need to buy a new door hanging for every President’s Day, Groundhog Day or Arbor Day.
4. Choose a door knocker with character. Like this adorable Swinging Hare model from Anthropologie. It adds just the right amount of whimsy and costs $40.
5. Install a contemporary light fixture. Lighting is an essential, yet often forgotten, design element. Whether you choose wall sconces, a pendant or flush mount, a well-lit front door ensures safety and a welcoming atmosphere. Besides, who wants to be fumbling around for their house keys in the dark?
6. Frame the door with pretty planters. Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and incredibly easy to achieve with a set of planters. Allow your square footage to dictate the size and shape of your potted plants.
7. Pick a welcome mat with personality. Your front porch likely took a beating this winter and it may be time to invest in a welcome mat that isn’t caked with mud. We’re fond of mats that get the point across, like this one from Lulu & Georgia.
8. Don’t shy away from furniture. Try out a bench, glider, porch swing, rocking chair or bistro set. If you’re on a budget, weather-proof pieces you already have or scour nearby garage sales.
9. Accessorize. Coordinate the decor with your freshly painted front door. Even small details like outdoor cushions, hanging planters, lanterns and sculptural pieces can make a lasting impact.
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10. Update your doorbell. Doorbell covers are surprisingly cheap and come in all shapes and sizes. Online home stores like Wayfair are perfect for browsing quirky designs — in our search we came across pineapples, geckos and maple leaves.
11. Rejuvenate your mailbox. If yours is looking a little post-dated (pun intended), spruce it up with a few coats of spray paint. We’re particularly fond of all-in-one paint and primer products in shimmery metallic shades. For outdoor use, try this rust-fighting line from Krylon.