11 Ways to Create a
Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100
Wouldnâ€™t it be nice to approach your homeâ€™s
entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear,
safe, and stylish path to your front door.
Clear the way for curb appeal. The path to your front door should be at
least 3 feet wide so people can walk shoulder-to-shoulder, with an unobstructed
view and no stumbling hazards. So get out those loppers and cut back any
overhanging branches or encroaching shrubs.
2. Light the route. Landscape lighting makes it easy to get around at
night. Solar-powered LED lights you can just stick in the ground, requiring no
wiring, are suprisingly inexpensive. $45 for a pack of 8, lowes.com.
Borrow inspiration from Londonâ€™s lovely row houses, whose owners assert their
individuality by painting their doors in high-gloss colors. The reflective
sheen of a royal blue, deep green, crimson, or whatever color you like will
ensure your house stands out from the pack. Consult Bonnie Rosser Krimsâ€™ book,
The Perfectly Painted House, for ideas.
And find out what your front entryway says about you.
4. Pretty up the view. A door with lots of glass is a plus for letting
light into the front hall -- but if you also want privacy and a bit of decor,
check out decorative window film. Itâ€™s removable and re-positionable, and comes
in innumerable styles and motifs. About $5.25 per running foot,
An less expensive way to get the look of stained glass without doing custom
work or buying a whole new door: Mount a decorative panel on the inside of the
door behind an existing glass insert, $92 for an Arts and Crafts-style panel
20â€ high by 11â€ wide.
5. Replace door hardware. While youâ€™re at it, polish up the handle on
the big front door, or better yet, replace it with a shiny new brass lockset
with a secure deadbolt, $57.
6. Please knock. Doorbells may be the norm, but a hefty knocker is a
classic that will never run out of battery life, and another opportunity to
express yourself (whatever your favorite animal or insect is, thereâ€™s a
door-knocker in its image). $39, potterybarn.com.
7. Ever-greenery. Boxwoods are always tidy-looking, the definition of
easy upkeep. A pair on either side of the door is traditional, but a singleton
is good, too. About $25 at garden centers. In cold climates, make sure pots are
frost-proof (polyethylene urns and boxes mimic terracotta and wood to
perfection). $80, frontera.com.
8. Numbers game. Is your house number clearly visible? Thatâ€™s of prime
importance if you want your guests to arrive and your pizza to be hot. Stick-on
vinyl numbers in a variety of fonts make it easy, starting at about $4 per
9. Foot traffic. A hardworking mat for wiping muddy feet is a must. A
thick coir mat can be had at the hardware store for less than $20, or spring
for something fancier, like this decorative half-round that promises weather
and mildew resistance, $45, frontgate.com.
10. Go for the glow. Fumbling for keys in the dark isnâ€™t fun. Consider
doubling up on porch lights with a pair of lanterns, one on each side of the
door, for symmetry and twice the illumination. $69 each, shadesoflight.com.
11. Snail mail. Mailboxes run the gamut from kitschy roadside novelties
masquerading as dogs, fish, or what-have-you to sober black lockboxes mounted
alongside the front door. Whichever way you go, make sure yours is standing or
hanging straight, with a secure closure, and no dings or dents. The mail
carrier will thank you.
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