When it comes to making a first impression, the front door is where it all begins. And summer is the optimal time to start taking a closer look at the exterior details of your home, and when time (and budget) allow, opting to make some changes.
First and foremost, nothing gives a home a quicker refresh than a coat of paint. We love painting front doors a color, of course, but even a coat of shiny black lacquer paint can be a game changer. We advise clients on preferred exterior door colors frequently, and these (below) are our all-time favorites. Note: your front door does not necessarily have to be the same paint color as the shutters (if applicable), or trim. Even if you’re just painting the front door at this time, any of these colors will yield beautiful results, and your home’s curb appeal will be the better for it.
Once you’ve decided on painting your door a color or shiny black lacquer, don’t stop there! The fittings on the door should be attended to at the same time. You may notice that door hardware, including knobs, knockers and such can start to look a bit tired after several years of inclimate weather. Changing the hardware can be somewhat expensive, but the rewards are great- and if you’re taking them off to paint the door, now is the time. Baldwin is our go-to brand for exterior door hardware, but Home Depot carries a more budget friendly collection as well. We prefer classical forms like rings: stay away from the lion’s heads, we think.
1. Nanz, 2. Baldwin (available in a variety of finishes)
And finally, don’t forget to enhance the overall look with a pair (at least) of classical urns, filled with seasonal flowers and greens. This is such a simple weekend project that will please you again and again as you enter and leave your home over the next three months. Choose hearty flowers that you can prune easily and will last a long time, like petunias in contrasting colors, or perennials, that will return from year to year.