Your front door is a statement piece. It’s the first thing that your guests will see and touch. It has the power to invite them in with warm regards, or turns them away. So it’s imperative that your home boasts a beautiful and welcoming front door!
But, doesn’t that sound like a daunting task? To find the perfect front door that makes your friends want to walk right in? Not at all!
Follow these 4 easy steps to find the perfect front door for your home!
1. Pick your configuration
Configuration is a fancy way to say size: a single or double door. If your home is already built, this factor is decided for you based on your current door. But if you are building a new home or remodeling, then you have flexibility. A standard door measures 36 inches wide and 80 inches tall, that’s 3 feet by 6 feet 8 inches). Double doors are often more grand and tend to be larger in both width and height. However, single doors share a sense of charm and coziness.
For step 1 you need to select:
- single door or double door
2. Windows selection
Some doors contain windows within the door. This could be a full glass door, half glass, a small decorative window toward the top of the door, or no windows at all. And don’t feel trapped in a box. The glass can be clear, frosted, stained, or tinted to suit your style.
Does your home have sidelights, the narrow panes of glass on either side of your front door? Some entryways even contain transoms, a small window directly above the door, similar to a sidelight.
Consider your entryway when selecting your door and it’s windows. Is your foyer dark? If so, it would benefit to have some light come in through your front door, or from sidelights and transoms. Does your foyer have a tall ceiling with a large window above the door? If so, perhaps you can go with a door that has less glass since your entryway already has natural light.
Ultimately, the preference is yours. There is no right or wrong decision when it comes to windows!
For step 2 you need to select:
- Windows on my door? If so, what size and style of glass?
- Sidelights or transoms?
If you are like me, then you assumed that a front door was always made of wood. But time and technology have advanced the makeup of a door, therefore improving it’s lifetime and lengthening it’s beauty. Doors can be composed of wood, or fiberglass, or steel.
Wood is the most traditional but can be worn by weather and termites. If you opt for wood, choose a durable, high-gloss stain for best protection again the elements.
Fiberglass is the most durable and affordable option, plus come with some amazing warranties (like a life-time guarantee!). These are low maintenance and better insulated than wood.
Steel is the cheapest type of door you can purchase, but also has the shortest lifespan. Select this option for it’s strength and protection.
Consider what type of weather conditions affect your front door. Is it protected by a large porch, a simple roof, or nothing at all? Think about your weather climate as well. For example, humid and rainy locations may not be the best place to have a wood door.
For step 3 you need to select:
- type of material: wood, fiberglass, or steel
Style, Color, and Hardware
This last step is the most fun: pick you style, paint color, and decorative hardware. Selecting these options are completely based on your preference, although be sure it matches the theme of your home. If your home is craftsman, it’s best to find a door with those types of details.
Make sure that your front door matches or blends in with your garage door, shutters, trim, or any vibrant decorations you display in the front of your home.
The same tips apply for hardware. If your light fixtures and house number are gold, don’t mix-and-match in a silver handle, unless you plan on updating all of the hardware together.
Spring for a fashionable handle and lock system, You can have levers, buttons, or knobs – whichever you prefer. Don’t forget that it’s important to install an effective, durable lock system to keep your home safe.
If your front door is in the sun a lot, stay away from dark colors which will fade easier over time. Otherwise, choose a color that adds a statement to your home!
Aqua is lighthearted and playful.
Blue is considered to be positive, trustworthy, and peaceful.
Orange brings out strength and fun in us all!
Red is a very welcoming, warm color.
Green symbolizes balance and tranquility, and is also associated with money.
Purple makes your home feel vibrant and energized.
White is a classic color and represents virtue and neatness.
Yellow evokes curiosity and confidence.
For step 4 you need to select:
- Style: What is the style of your home, and what kind of door will integrate and blend well?
- Hardware: What color is my existing exterior hardware (such as light fixtures)?
- Color: What do I want my front door to express, and which color does that well?
There you have it, 4 easy steps to help you find the perfect front door for your home! Consider your existing home’s style and space. Experiment with materials and windows. Then have fun with the color and details!
A new (or updated) front door will wow your guests and provide your home with a lovely face-lift! What are you waiting for? With these 4 steps, you can discover the best front door for your home!