First impressions count, and the same goes for your home. From a welcoming message, to choosing the right color and material, check out these top design tips your front door will certainly benefit from.

1. Pay Attention to the Basics

As the entry point into your house, your front door greets you each time you arrive home and welcomes your guests. Always keep your front door well maintained, neatly painted, and functional with a welcome mat, good lighting, bell, clear numbering, and rain cover, if possible.

Here’s a great example of a perfectly furnished door that creates a space of its own:

red front doorPixabay

You can also apply lettering to make your guests feel extra welcome.

2. Choose a Style That Fits

A great front door and porch should be in keeping with the rest of the decorative style of your house. If you have a contemporary style house, then you can go for a more unusual or modern door. For example, a statement door can have a special pivot that gives the effect of a floating panel that embraces the modern spirit. 

blue front doorPixabay

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In contrast, a rustic door is a perfect style match for a wooden wall interior.

wood entry doorsPixabay

3. A Door For All Seasons

Your front door is one of the exterior parts of the house that you can really have fun with, dressing it up to reflect the different seasons and yearly festivals such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. 

MORE: Find out How Much Your Entry Door Installation Costs in Minutes Using our Estimates Calculator

4. Color is key

Your front door adds a splash of color to your house as well as being a reflection of your taste and personality. An upgrade in the color of your front door can give your house a complete facelift. Blacks, navy blues, and dark greens add a sophisticated, more serious touch, and are great for older houses in urban settings. Bright primary colors such as yellows and reds are an uplifting statement, while more unusual tones such as purple and turquoise are great for those with a unique style.

yellow front doorDoor with a mussel-shell wreath, Castine, Maine by Spencer Means on Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

green front doorPixabay

5. Material considerations

Front doors come in many shapes and sizes, not to mention materials. When choosing a door type, consider maintenance as well as aesthetics. A solid wood door will require proper finishing in the form of varnish, stain, or gloss to keep it fully protected from the elements. A similar alternative is the veneer wood door that gives a similar visual effect at a lower cost. Steel front doors are super strong for the security conscious and have a sleek, modern appearance look for a lacquered or polyester coated version for maximum durability and weather resistance. Another option, available in various colors and often with glazed elements that let the light in.

glass front door2426 NW 47th St Oklahoma City OK by Bill Wilson on Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

wooden front doorsFront Door with stained glass panels fitted by Ken Doerr on Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

MORE: Red Door Ideas To Make Your Home The Belle Of The Block


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Thanks for your post which is truly informative for us and we will surely keep visiting this website.

Rosie Beckett
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Rosie Beckett

My husband and I are replacing our entryway door to our home soon and I appreciate all of the advice you give! It makes sense that I should focus on quality material for the door that also has a great style. I will make sure to choose a color that matches with the exterior color of my house.

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I like that you said that an upgrade in the color of your front door can give your house a complete facelift. My husband and I are thinking about replacing our front door because our dog has scratched at it so much that it doesn’t look very good anymore. I think if we do get a new door installed it would be fun to go with a different color, maybe on that is a little more vibrant so that we can add some personality to our house.

David Johnson
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David Johnson

Thank you for explaining that as the entry to your home, the front door greets you every time you welcome guests and arrive home. To me, this means that it would also be important to make sure it doesn’t detract too much from the rest of the house and that it’s installed well. I’ll have to look more into professional entry door installation.

Greta James
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Greta James

My sister is thinking of building a new building for a business venture she is thinking of embarking on. I appreciate your advice on the material of the door to make sure it is protected from the elements. I will discuss with her about her options for the building.

Jenna Hunter
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Jenna Hunter

My cousin is thinking about getting a new door for his home because his home really needs a new door. It could be really nice for him to get everything around it replaced by a professional so that it won’t have any wear and tear on it. It was interesting to learn about how he should choose a more modern style of door that he will be able to add decorations onto in all the seasons.

Eli Richardson
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Eli Richardson

It was interesting to learn about how a more modern style of door will increase the appeal of a house. My folks recently renovated their living room and left the same old entry door. I will find them a door installer so they can be helped to choose a good door.

Rita Sanders
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Rita Sanders

I love how you said that your door color is a reflection of your personality when you choose your own. My neighbor has a red door and it just seems to fit her. I’ve been thinking of getting a new door, so I may as well choose one with a unique color!

Zachary Tomlinson
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Zachary Tomlinson

Thank you for these front door ideas! I want to convince my mom that a full home makeover is needed to boost our curb appeal and the idea of starting it by changing our front door into something that has a rustic appeal on it is perfect! I should share this with her so she’d be convinced.

Derek McDoogle
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Derek McDoogle

I like how you said that a modern door can be mixed with a sophisticated style house. My sister told me that she has been saving money to renovate her house and she is asking me for tips. I will recommend her to think about replacing her entrance door since last time I visited her, it looked old and damaged.