FOCAL FRONT

FrontDoorPage19If your front door could talk, what would it say about you?  A front door is a focal point of any home, and the color, material, and style of the door set the tone for the entire structure.

“People should consider the entire entrance when choosing a front door,” said Craig Smyth, owner and president of Clemleddy Construction in Hawley.  “There are many choices of materials and finishes that may be considered, but ultimately the entrance should draw your attention to the door itself.  Being the gateway to your home, the front entrance should be a reflection of who you are and how you live.”

A front door is the entry point where energy, abundance, and opportunities await.  Walking through someone’s front door is literally walking into his or her life, space and mind.  For the best visual appeal, the front door should be appropriate for the style of the home.  Done right, a front door can bring out certain touches and elements of the outside of the home, from the décor around the home such as light fixtures, planters, steps, walkways and gardens to the color of shutters and window treatments.

Deciding on the right front door for your home is a fun and important task, whether you are building a new home or remodeling a current one.  What style, texture, or color should it be?

Read on to find out how to choose the best front door for your home and what your front door says about you.

How to Choose the Best Front Door for Your Home

Front doors come in a variety of materials, such as wood, steel, fiberglass, wood composite, and aluminum.  Wood is the most cost effective but also requires a lot of maintenance.  Steel doors can be more expensive but are also more durable when exposed to the elements and require the least maintenance for the homeowner.  Once you decide on the type of door, consider whether you want a front entry door design or glass panels for a classic finish.

Colorful Doors

For many people, the color of a front door adds to the unique architectural quality of a home, but for many cultures, the shade of a door conveys different meanings.

  • A red front door creates a welcoming energy into your home. In addition, this color holds symbolic meaning for many cultures and religions.  For instance, in Scotland, a red front door indicates the homeowner paid off their mortgage.
  • When you picture the color blue, you may think of the sky, water, and calmness. According to Feng Shui practices, the color blue is often linked with feelings of security, stability, abundance, and prosperity.  Any shade of blue for a door emits positive energy flow into the space.
  • In many cultures, green represents growth and wealth, whether you have a large family or a substantial income. It can also convey a desire for wealth for those who have more modest earnings.  In addition, the color green signifies balance, peace, compassion, renewal, and harmony.
  • Purple is an eye-catching color in itself, but painting a front door purple shows you are daring, energetic, versatile and open-minded.
  • White is a classic color for doors, especially on cottage style homes. Throughout history, white has represented virtue, purity, and serenity.
  • The color yellow evokes mental clarity, perception, understanding, wisdom, confidence, curiosity, humor, and merriment.