Whether you’re involved in a renovation or starting a new construction project, there’s a lot to think about in terms of your home’s exterior design. Landscaping, roofing, and the windows are a few design elements to think about. While your front doors aren’t the first thing that come to mind, this is how you will welcome your guests, your family, and your friends. How it looks is very important!

Importance of Front Door Interior Design

We tend to think about front doors in terms of their practical purpose, but a front door does more than let guests in and out. It invites everyone to explore the home, to imagine what’s inside. Front door interior design is also crucial to your energy efficiency, and how you want your home to interact with its surroundings in terms of openness and durability.

Here are a few of my tips for how you can design a front door that’s tailored to your personality and style. Because first impressions are everything after all.

1. Match Your Front Door to the Style of Your Home

Your front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior. It’s important to make sure the colors work together to create a cohesive exterior design. Think about whether you want the color of your front door to blend in or stand out. Though I’ve never been one for design rules, there are certain colors that tend to work better with specific style homes than others.

Selecting your front door. Dark navy traditional front door, marble flooring

Traditional and impressive, this exterior door makes a strong statement.

If your home is Moroccan-inspired, a bright color would be fabulous on the front door! A neutral-colored dutch front door gives your home’s exterior a cozy, welcoming feel and would be beautiful for a country estate. To add a bit of grandeur to your home’s exterior, incorporate an antique door or front door with intricate iron work.

I love the combination of aged wood and Spanish tile in this design. It’s the perfect way to blend the old and the new. The door frame tiles pick up the lighter tones of the wood. The combination is a front door design that’s full of warmth, history, and character. While I love a vibrant front door, a bold color would compete for attention in this front door design.

2. Your Front Door Should Reflect Your Personality

Your front door can blend in, create contrast or add a pop of color to your home’s exterior. (I painted my Southgate Houston home front door green!…then black). If you aren’t someone who loves bright colors, you might prefer a front door in a muted hue or darker color. You can never go wrong with classic brown, but a dark gray or navy are great alternative color options.

For a neutral color that still makes a statement, consider a white front door. This white front door seamlessly blends in with the rest of the home’s exterior design. It creates a clean and crisp look that provides a beautiful backdrop for the lush greenery in the landscaping.

Don’t be afraid to design your front door to take advantage of your garden views. Choose a more open concept with glass panes to take maximize the view. For an unexpected look, use frosted or amber-colored glass in your front door design. It allows you to embrace the open view while still providing ample privacy.

Selecting your front door. Iron Door, Black

Iron black frames glass panes in this breezy side door.

3. Your Front Door Offers a Preview of Your Home

Front doors can be traditional, contemporary, or even playful. They have the ability to make your guests feel warm and welcome, so they feel at home before they enter. For a modern home, customize a standard glass door and turn it into a work of art by adding an abstract design. Consider using a glossy finish or matching the color of the door to the flora in your landscaping.

A set of large, dark wood doors surrounded by Corinthian columns adds a grand and traditional feel to your entrance. It’s the perfect way to make guests feel like they’re going to be transported back in time. Frame your front door with greenery, topiairies, and hedges.

Front Door Interior Design

The design of your front door says a lot about you and your home. You can use it to make a bold statement or a more subtle one. It’s something you can dress up for the holidays, personalize, and use as the focal point of your landscaping. You can use it to add color, texture, and bring more natural light into your home.

Your front door makes an impression on your guests, so you want it to make a good one! It’s the first thing they see when they enter and the last thing they see when they leave. So don’t be afraid to give your front door a dose of your personality.

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