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There’s a saying I like that’s perfect when talking about the entry to your house: “We don’t get a second chance at a first impression.” The design, placement and style of your front entry can have a strong effect on the look and feel of your home. Here are a few ways to help you make your entrance a statement.

1. FRONT DOOR STYLES & DESIGN

When it comes to selecting a front door, I look at a few important issues. Firstly, it should suit the style of house – if it’s a traditional terrace or intrcharacter home, then a panelled door painted cherry red or even gloss black may be perfect. If it’s a contemporary home, then a sleek door with a long vertical handle would be the perfect.

The size of the door is usually defined but if you’re renovating, think about ditching the thin door with the narrow sidelight and replace it with a wide 1200mm door. This allows easy access, looks stylish and modern, and completely changes the look and feel of your home.

the entry. James shares four things to think about.

2. DABBLE WITH COLOUR

Coloured pots by the door are a great accent but, if you’re bold, try a statement door. Bright yellow, deep blue or seductive purple on a front door can work so well. It can help clearly define your house if all the doors on your street look the same.

The remaining exterior is usually neutral so a coloured front door, like a scatter cushion or vase, is a small amount of strong colour that can be just what your house needs to go from drab to fab!

3. LET THE LIGHT IN

EntranceNatural light adds to our sense of wellbeing, and it’s practical – much better than turning lights on during the day! You can add natural light to your entry in a couple of ways. A highlight above the door, or sidelight next to it, will allow light to flood into your entryway.

You can use the window to peek outside but remember, people outside will be able to see in, so consider translucent or frosted glass. Another idea is a light panel in the door itself – there are so many door designs with either horizontal or thin vertical glass panels, and these are usually toughened glass to provide security.

4. DRESS THE ENTRY

Highlighting the entry of your home is usually done with a portico, columns or a feature to make it noticeable from the street. If your home lacks a formal entrance, highlight it with planting!

Place feature potted plants either side of the entry to clearly identify the front door. It’s a great way to add colour, and a simple addition that you can change over time to suit your tastes.