Improving Your Front Entrance for the Changing Seasons

The leaves are starting to change, pumpkin spice everything has burst back onto the scene and the temperatures are gradually beginning to dip. We’re beginning to turn our attention to prepping the exterior of our homes for winter and making other, routine but mandatory, adjustments for the change of the seasons. While much of our effort over the coming weeks will be utilitarian, the temperatures are still agreeable enough to make some end of season cosmetic changes.

When was the last time that you gave your front door a good look? Does your family even use the front door or do you primarily enter and exit through the garage? Perhaps you use only the front door and beat it up with bags of groceries as you’re trying to carry everything in one load? Do you ever find yourself pushing it open or closed with your foot? Quite often, the front door is the subject of a great deal of use and abuse.

Your front door is often the first part of your home that guests come into physical contact with.

It is also their first introduction into a very personal part of who you and your family are. Once you open that door to someone, the sights, sounds and smells of your home flood your visitors and they make a statement, whether or not you want or intend for them to. Why not take a moment and look at your front door, the entry to your home, with a critical lens and make a few upgrades before the harsh winter winds force us inside?

The first, and perhaps most obvious, step you can take is to give your entry a through cleaning.

This will allow you to clearly assess the condition of your front door, the paint and the hardware. The next step you will want to take is to consider both the condition and the color of the paint. Does the color still speak to you? Does it make a positive statement? Have you considered changing it? The color schemes of most homes lend themselves to a multitude of options when it comes to the front door. We suggest that you narrow it down to a few that you really like and paint sample areas to determine which looks the best and most inviting.

Finally, you will want to address the hardware on your front door.

Does it feel solid when you’re opening and closing the door? Does it coordinate with your other design choices, in terms of both finish and style? Door hardware comes in a variety of styles, finishes and prices from which you can pick the perfect complement to your makeover project.

Spending a couple of hours breathing new life into your front door will not only beautify it for your daily enjoyment, but also enhance the value of your property and set the right tone for visitors to your home.