How to make a grand entrance

A few updates can change a dull and boring entryway into a lively and welcoming gateway to your home. Paint color, a tidy walkway and some simple landscaping tricks can make all the difference. Here we will cover a few simple changes you can complete in a weekend that will turn any good entrance into a grand entrance.

Bold Door Color

Many entries lack character. Homeowners will paint their door a bland color or match it too closely to the siding. The entry gets lost when it blends in. By using a contrasting or bold color to paint your door, you help visitors see the entry quickly and clearly. Plus, a splash of color on the front door does a lot to liven up the entire facade without making a huge commitment. Home is where the heart is, and we believe every heart should have a welcoming doorway.

Adding Welcoming Furniture

An arrangement of furniture near an entry can boost the welcome factor. An outdoor chair or a porch swing is a simple, cost effective way to make your entry more inviting. Consider adding a small table between two outdoor chairs as a conversation area for enjoying pleasant evenings outdoors.

Keeping the Way Clear

Another overlooked component to a grand entrance is a tidy walkway. A well-kept path or sidewalk from the street all the way to the front door should be a priority when creating your grand entrance. First, gathering up the kids’ yard toys and bikes after a day outside can be tedious, but its always worth it. Create a space for them somewhere off the entry path. Second, maintain a tidy pathway. A little weed killer and edging goes a long way to keeping a clean look. If you don’t have a path to the front door currently, consider installing concrete pavers or stepping stones as an alternative to laying brick or pouring concrete. Your local hardware store should be able to give you some DIY advice when you’re ready to begin.

Adding Good Lighting

Adding Great Lighting

A good entry becomes grand when lights are placed where they are functional but not obtrusive. Not only will the features of your entry come alive with light, but people will be welcomed at night without the hazards of tripping or getting lost. Be cautious, though; too much brightness can wash out the prettiest facade. Add just enough lighting to accentuate the features of your entry and help people to see in the dark, but not enough that it flattens architectural details.

Flowers and Other Potted Plants

Avoid letting plants grow to large where they block the view of your house. The backyard and sides of the house are great for larger landscaping arrangements and vegetation. Consider a collection of potted plants and low, well-trimmed shrubs to surround your grand entry. This will let you add flair to your entrance in a way that is controlled, well-kept and welcoming. By using a selection of potted plants, you can rotate varieties based on season to keep the entry looking fresh and season-appropriate.

Are you thinking about making some curb appeal upgrades? Now for a limited time, homeowners will receive $200 off projects over $2, 000. We’re also offering a free color consultation with our designers for all projects over $1, 500.