Posted by the trend stalker on 1st November 2011

Make a grand entrance!

Rough Hollow Parade Home 2010 contemporary entry

Renovating my first home-of-my-own was a challenge that I don’t know I’d live through again. In fact, my friend Janet asked me never to do it again as the six months of stress made me a not-very-nice person (I’m paraphrasing here). I do remember throwing the odd tantrum during the process but there were moments of sublime satisfaction as well – like the day that my custom-made front door arrived.

Nearly three metres high and more than a metre wide, the wooden frame was the same yellow as the restored Oregon pine floors, and the design on the glass panel was sandblasted to my specifications. Perfection. Until the builder mucked up the installation, shaving slices off the sides to create a year-round breeze in the entrance hall …

Even so, everyone who ever visited my home commented on my pride and joy, and I’ve collected photos of interesting door ideas ever since. Just in case. You never know. Don’t tell Janet.

The Front Door eclectic entry

I’ve realised, though, that the front door is an oft-neglected decor element. Trawling, as I do, through thousands of photos of the world’s most beautiful homes, I very rarely come across doors with the “wow factor”. But, when you think about it, your front door gives the first impression of your home. Your entrance-way should build an expectation of what lies beyond.

Christopher Templeton modern entry

There’s really no reason to settle for plain plyboard when there are so many options available. Is your home sleek and minimalist? Think metal and glass. Modern? Go graphic. Bright and fun? Perspex is an option – as is paint. Warm and welcoming? Wood is the way to go. Bali-style or Tuscan? Have a carpenter make up something that is reflective of these regional influences.

Front entry mediterranean entry

Fitting a glass door is a great way of lighting up a dark entrance hall – and is much less fuss and bother than installing a skylight. This example creates a focal point from the inside as well, drawing the eye down and out of the dark passage-way.

Entry Court modern entry

If you’re worried about security or privacy, a door design that incorporates smaller panes of glass can also be light, bright and eye-catching.

Ana Williamson Architect contemporary entry

Most decorators will tell you – especially when you’re on a budget – to spend your money where you’re going to see it. In my view, the front door is one of these high-visual-impact areas. And that’s why I keep adding to my scrap-book, despite Janet’s worst fears.

STonehedge Exteriors modern entry

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