Thursday 27 October 2016

Dress your door

Let your front door make a great first impression of your home

Emily Westbrooks

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

Georgian doorway
Georgian doorway
Homebase planter
Owl door knocker
Failte doormat

If the eyes are the window to the soul, your front door is the proverbial window to your house, giving visitors an instant first impression of your style and personality. A stunning front door can set your entire home off on the right foot for your guests, and put a smile on your face when you put the key in the lock each evening.

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We often overlook our front entrances, focusing our energy on the interior comfort and design - living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens take the bulk of our attention. But your front door provides an excellent opportunity to set the tone for your home before your guests even cross the threshold. And you don't have to have a Georgian door to make your front entrance look stately - just follow these simple tips to dressing up your doorway.

Paint it Pretty

It all starts with the perfect paint colour. Whether you choose cheery yellow or calming grey, check out our tips for choosing the perfect palette.

Buy it: Dulux Weathershield for €25 at Woodie's DIY, nationwide

Drop a door mat

A fun door mat can easily pull double duty - helping your guests scuff their muddy feet on a wet day and giving them a little smile as they do. This moustache mat does the job and doesn't blow your budget.

Buy it: Moustache Door Mat, €30 at Dust, Grantham Street, Dublin

Planter Perfect

One of the fastest ways to give your front door a little life is to stock up on planters and a few seasonal blooms. If space allows, try matching planters symmetrically on either side of your front door. Small shrubs like boxwood can add height to your doorway, while seasonal annuals can add cheerful colours that will complement your new bright door.

Buy it: Boxwood planter in blue, €15 at Homebase

Knock Knock

Add instant personality to your front door with a quirky door knocker, like this solid brass owl or a slightly more traditional lion. Brass can withstand the elements outdoors and will patina over time, giving your door a stately look.

Buy it: Solid brass owl knocker, €55 at Good and Useful Hooks, Knobs and Knockers on

Choose your paint wisely

Paint pro Louise Tod, Colour Forecaster with Dulux, is well-versed in the art of choosing just the right paint colour for any spot in your home. For a front door that makes a serious impression, Louise explains you can go one of two directions. One option is to go for a glossy, high-shine paint in a bold colour like turquoise or coral. Or if strong colours send you running for the hills, try a low-sheen Satinwood finish in on-trend muted green or taupe.

"First impressions are important and your front door is a perfect opportunity to make a statement. The right colour can really add personality to an otherwise ordinary exterior and can be co-ordinated with planting for added impact," she says.

And for a front door that will hold up year-on-year, choose a weather-resistant hue like Dulux Weathershield range.

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