The front door is more than the entrance to your home. It provides the transition between the outdoors and inside. It also sits as a centerpiece of your house's façade. As such, you want to choose an attractive entryway layout that makes a statement.
Glass French Doors
French doors offer a classic touch to your entryway, especially if you add arched tops or a half-circle transom window above. You can play around with this classicism by adding more glass to the doors. If you choose all-glass custom doors, the look is more modern. However, you can also choose etched or stained glass panels. Such a front door adds glamour to a traditional or historical house façade.
Another way to add drama to your entryway is by recessing it. Most of the windows and the garage door in your house are bound to be flush with the walls. Setting the front door back even a few inches gives the entryway a more romantic appeal, especially if you add detailing such as exterior molding or carved frames.
The door doesn't have to stand alone in making a statement. In fact, another method for adding drama to the entryway is to increase its visual impact with windows. As mentioned above, transom windows can alter the perceived shape of the top of the door. Adding windows to the sides can make the door appear wider. You can even play around with proportions by adding windows. For example, transom windows are common for multi-story homes to increase the vertical space of the entryway. If your house's façade is long, consider adding extra-wide side windows for the same kind of effect.
Adding color to your door also makes it stand out. The color you choose depends on how much you want it to stick out and your house's exterior color. Better Homes and Gardens also suggests adhering to your home's style and personality. For example, a Mediterranean style home would look stunning matched with a Mediterranean color such as turquoise, but black may seem out of place. On the flip side, cool turquoise might look odd in a modern façade, but black would fit just right.
Your door doesn't have to be boldly colored to make a statement. If you have a Craftsman or farmhouse style house, a naturally stained door would make a beautiful accent. Look for a door that features the beauty of the natural wood. Additionally, consider accenting it with complementary hardware, such as bronze or wrought iron.
Design your entryway so it makes a visual impact both to guests and passersby.