Doors. We go in and out of them every day, but have you ever taken a second to think about just how important doors are to the look of your home? If you haven’t, we’re here to tell you why you should – and Spring is the perfect time to give yours an update.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION
When trying to choose the style for your new front door, you want to consider the look on display both on the exterior and the interior of your home. The door must be the icing on the design cake, so to speak – both from onlookers outside, and from guests invited in. If your look leans toward the farmhouse trend, an elegant look is not going to make the statement you desire. If you live in a beautiful brick home, a colored wooden selection or a door with an ornate glass insert could be perfect!
DON’T BE COLOR SHY
Sometimes a look feels finished simply with the perfect choice of wood selected for your front door. Other times, you want a splash of color to complete your look. We suggest taking a drive around town and getting some ideas on what other homeowners might have selected as the perfect color for their own front doors. Sometimes seeing a color in true light can really help you decide on what you like – and what you don’t.
When you think you have your color choice in mind, drop by and see us at City Home Center. We can set you up with a few different shades of paint, and help you choose one that’s just right to achieve your desired look. The color of your front door can really make or break the first impression of your home to passersby and guests alike. We want to help you get it right the first time.
The fun part of choosing the door, of course, is thinking about how perfect it will fit in with the rest of your design. However, you also want to think about things like whether the door you need will open to the left or the right, what type of door handle and lock you prefer, and whether you will also be pairing your door with a screen or storm door. Knowing these things might help you narrow down your options if you are having trouble making a decision.
As if we haven’t given you enough to think about when it comes to selecting a door to lead guests into your entryway, there’s one more thing you might want to consider. If you love to change out your décor for every season, including putting items on display on the exterior of your home, you’ll want to think about how your door will play into that design. If you change out wreaths with the seasons, you might want to stick with a very neutral shade when it comes to paint. Also, if seasonal front door décor is important to you, you might choose a simple front door design, one without any windows or glass inserts that would only be covered up by your holiday display.
THE SUPPORTING CAST
The front door shouldn’t be the only player when you’re thinking about doorway design. Doors to patios or porches should be considered, too, even if they aren’t the primary door for entering your home. For these doors, you’ll want to think about the “feel” of the space. Is your door leading out to a beautifully bricked portico? You might like a rich brown door with intricately patterned glass inserts. Maybe your door leads out onto a long porch set with several rocking chairs. In that case, something a little more simple in a pretty neutral color will do – and don’t forget to add a classic screen door for full effect!
Door handles aren’t something you generally think about either – unless it gets stuck, leaving you stranded, or it sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn’t seem to match the look of the door at all. We guarantee that once you have your new door selected, you’ll be able to find the handles and/or locks that will work out just right to complete the look and the function you desire. Different shaped knobs or handles in all sorts of colors and finishes are available.
ASK THE PROFESSIONALS
Installing a new door is probably one of the most difficult projects for a DIY-er. Improper installation can lead to a door that won’t shut properly. An overly tight placement or misalignment can keep a door from being able to lock, or might cause it to swing open on its own if not properly secured. This is a job best left to the professionals! We’ll be glad to get you the help you need to get the job done right.
Once you have your new door installed, take a step back and admire it for a moment. We know. You probably never really thought about it before – but we’re sure that now you’re glad you did.