Ugraded entrance
David Hillegas

Make an Entrance

A beautiful front door can transform the look of your entire home. Here’s how to choose lighting, paint colors, and accessories that stand up to the elements.


Bold paint
Ted Tucker

Color It Bold

Nothing has a bigger impact on a front door than fresh paint, which boosts curb appeal and provides protection from the elements. First buff the door with 220-grit sandpaper, and then prime it so the paint adheres better. According to Pat Sandor, a how-to expert at The Home Depot, “a smoother finish, like a semi- or high-gloss, will help prevent moisture from creeping in and forming mildew.” Choose a cheery color—bolder is better!

Shown from top: Ebbtide (SW6493), sherwin-williams.com; Martha Stewart’s Peony Orange (MS032), valspar.com; Folly Green (76), farrow-ball.com


Light It Up

Light It Up

Add ambience with a hanging lantern or nautical-style sconces. Materials such as unfinished copper or brass look even better with patina, says Gale Singer, president of Circa Lighting. Another tip: Use frosted bulbs for softer light and less glare.

Shown: Compton Sconce in Chrome (left), $285; wayfair.com. Charleston 1-Light Outdoor Pendant in Oil-Rubbed Bronze (right), $219; ballarddesigns.com


Play the Numbers
Ted Tucker

Play the Numbers

Make sure guests (and mail carriers) can find your home with house numbers that are easily visible and have a coastal vibe.

Shown from top: Eames House Numbers in Paprika, $38 each; heathceramics.com. Neutraface Address Numbers in Satin Stainless Steel, from $65 each; customhousenumbers.com. Surfboard Address Plaque, from $72; oceanstyles.com


Get Some Life
Andrea Gomez/Sunset Magazine

Get Some Life

Extend a warmer welcome with planted pots. Check out local nurseries for low-maintainence plantings, such as succulents, that thrive in your plant zone.

Shown: South Seas Planter in Verde, $84; campaniainternational.com


 Accessorize with Style
Ted Tucker

Accessorize with Style

Door knockers, mailboxes, and pretty wreaths are like jewelry for front doors. Add one or two—but don’t overdo it.

Shown from left: Mail/Welcome Basket in Natural, $36; peterborobasket.com. Anchor Door Knocker, $100; michaelhealy.com


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http://www.myhomeideas.com/decorating/upgrade-your-entrance