10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors

When it comes to making sure your home makes a great first impression, your front door is a great place to start. After all, every person driving by and certainly every guest that walks through it will have time to admire it. Your front door is kind of like your home’s hand shake, introducing it to everyone.

There are myriad ways to spruce up your front door from playing with the color to accenting it with decor. If you want to take it a step further, you even choose a door that is specifically crafted to be unique. There are so many interesting and beautiful styles available to suit every budget and taste.

Here are 10 examples of front doors that are both unique and inspiring, bringing a special dose of character to each home’s first impression.

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThis home has two sets of front doors, both of which are beautiful in their own right. The first set is arched and juxtaposed by the rectangular shape of the second.
Source: House & Home

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comExquisite details on the glass take this front door to the next level with a touch of sophistication.
Source: House Beautiful

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comWhite-washed wood gives this entryway a chic, rustic appeal. I also love the unique shapes that give the doors a sense of movement.
Source: Pink Peonies

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comThe detail creates an elegant effect on this front door while the frosted glass provides privacy.
Source: Elle Decor

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comTraditional doors in a mint blue start the home off with a charming, vintage touch.
Source: Luxe

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comGlossy black paint and large, centered door handles put a subtle but effective spin on these otherwise traditional doors.
Source: Elle Decor

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comWindows around and on the door open up this foyer with plenty of natural light.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comA charming farmhouse door in green gives this home a unique personality that invites you right in.
Source: Luxe

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comA black door framed by white molding makes it pop, not to mention extra chic.
Source: Architectural Digest

10 Unique and Inspiring Front Doors | HomeandEventStyling.comIt’s easy to imagine a fairytale character living behind this charming and beautifully carved door.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Consider your front door a prime opportunity to give your home it’s own unique identity and begin its story on the right foot.

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First Impressions: The Importance of the Front Door

The front door is one of the most important parts of your home’s curb appeal. It is the first impression that guests or buyers will get when they arrive so the front of your home deserves a lot of attention. Start by making sure everything is clean and clutter-free, trim the hedges, remove any weeds and pressure wash if necessary. If you have weathered wooden doors, you can probably refinish them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.  The next step is to add some beauty to appeal to the eye in the form of foliage, decor and maybe even a little paint. I have gathered some examples of beautiful front doors and accompanied them with some tips that you can apply to your own front door.

Landscaping plays a huge part in beautiful curb appeal. This home certainly took advantage of that with all the incredible foliage and shrubbery surrounding the otherwise humble entrance.

To make your home stand out, consider painting the front door an inviting color like this beautiful turquoise door. It will make your home memorable.

The lack of a garden is well made up for with the beautiful pink flowers that extend the length of the door and a little beyond. Such a beautiful way to frame the entrance.

If you have a front porch or patio, place a couple of chairs and table to show off the space and give it a sense of home.

Creating an inviting entry space can be as easy as placing some pretty potted plants and a cozy bench by the front door.

Landscape lighting can make a world of difference in your curb appeal. Leave the lights on for a while in the evening in case buyers decide to drive by.

A red front door can always be counted on to catch someone’s eye and make a great first impression. If a red door will fit with the color scheme of your home, it’s a good idea to consider painting it while it’s on the market.

If you have intricate detailing on your front door such as these forged iron doors, it’s best to keep any foliage simple and let the doors speak for themselves.

If you have a small space by the front door, let the landscaping be your foliage and add a welcome mat and some lanterns to add interest to the front door.

As you can see, creating a beautiful front door space is very easy. There are lots of cost-effective ways to spruce it up so your home makes a great first impression from the moment someone drives up. If you are trying to sell your home, these tips are especially important to implement.*

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* To learn more about staging your home for sale in a competitive market, check out my book Stageology: How to Stage to Sell at all major booksellers. See the trailer below:

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DIY: How to Refurbish Weathered Wooden Front Doors

In my last post, I shared the 5 best curb appeal tips and one of them is to make any necessary repairs, especially to your front door. It’s the first thing people see (whether it’s friends and family or buyers if you are selling your home) and therefore one of the most important elements of your home. It’s a crucial part of making a great first impression. Unfortunately, over time mother nature can force wear and tear on your front door from things like weather and the sun. If your front door is made of man-made materials, then you can spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint. But if you have a natural wood front door, there’s another way to give it a facelift.

I’m going to show you how to refurbish a weathered front door in an easy-to-tackle, 4-step project that costs under $1,000 and will have them looking brand new.

How to Refurbish Weathered Wooden Front Doors
Step 1:
First, for this project I removed all the metal hardware and painted them their original black. While it is more tedious to remove all the hardware, it’s necessary to do to be able to sand evenly (step 2) and get an even coat of poly (step 4).

Step 2: Prepare and sand down the doors. (Tutorial from DIY Network)

Step 3: Stain them by brushing or wiping the stain on the wood. After it soaks in for a few minutes, wipe away excess with a rag.

Step 4: Finish them with a coat of UV-resistant outdoor polyurethane.

An AMAZING transformation, right? This is a fantastic weekend DIY project that is more than worth the investment. Remember, a great first impression starts with the front door. Good luck, DIY-ers!

Warm Regards,

Follow the Red Door

Nothing grabs your attention like the color RED. That’s why (when used smartly) red can be a fantastic design element, even in staging. Yes, it IS best to use neutral color palettes when staging a home for sale, but occasionally that right pop of red is just enough to grab someone’s attention. Examples: A pillow, a piece of art, a basket of apples on the kitchen counter, or even…

A red front door! Really catches your eye, doesn’t it? It’s not for every property, but sometimes it’s that extra something that can really make a home stand out. What is your favorite way to use the color RED? Let me know in the comments!

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