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Great First Impression: 8 Essentials to Entryway Decor
The entry way sets the tone for both you and your guests, so why not take some time to spruce it up and turn it into a reflection of the experience that waits on the other side? Build.com shares eight door décor aspects that are sure to keep your entry looking fresh and welcoming.
You have two basic options when it comes to handlesets: the classic model that can be purchased with a matching deadbolt and the easy and convenient electronic handleset. Electronic door hardware removes the house keys from your pocket while elevating the security level of your home. And if you need to give the handyman or neighbor quick access to your home, you can easily change the key code once they’re finished.
Deadbolts are visually appealing and add an extra layer of protection to your home. Manufacturers often provide matching handlesets and deadbolts to ensure a coordinated look for your front door.
Like a bold piece of jewelry, the door knocker sits smack dab in the middle of your front door. From Lion’s Head to Baroque-style door knockers, you have countless options when it comes to choosing this centerpiece.
A newly painted front door can uplift the mood no matter your location. Coming home from work, the grocery store, or picking the kids up from school (or all three!), you probably have a lot going through your mind even before you open the front door. What better way to change the mood than to be greeted by a colored entry that curbs your turbulent thoughts?
Hinges tend to be an accent that's easily overlooked, but when given the appropriate attention, they can complete the styled look you're hoping for. Add decorative strap hinges for a classic Tudor look or install square corner hinges for a sleek, modern finish.
Just like the knocker, a doorbell is one of the initial accents your guest eyes upon their arrival. Install the button on the side of the door frame that is closest to the handle and at the same height as the top of the deadbolt or electronic handleset.
If you're working with a relatively wide entryway, a pair of wall sconces are beautiful flanked on either side of the front door. Those with a smaller space may want to opt for a single sconce on one side of the door. Sconces should be roughly a quarter of the door height. If you want to emphasize your light fixtures, push the ratio to a third of the door height. For those lucky enough to have high porch ceilings, a large pendant light or chandelier is a perfect touch.
As the label to your home, address numbers can be mounted directly to the outside of the house for a classic look or you can bring out your inner artist and try a creative option.