First impressions count — not just for your friends, relatives, and the delivery guy, but for yourself as well.
Whether it’s on an urban stoop or a Victorian front porch, your front entrance and the area leading up to it should extend a warm welcome.
Houselogic offers these great tips for creating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door.
1. Get rid of overgrowth
The path to your front door should be at least 3 feet wide so people can walk shoulder-to-shoulder, with an unobstructed view and no stumbling hazards. This spring, get out those loppers and trim back any overhanging branches or encroaching shrubs.
2. Light the Pathway
Landscape lighting makes it easy to get around at night. Solar-powered LED lights you can just stick in the ground, requiring no wiring, are surprisingly inexpensive.
3. Paint Your Door
Look for inspiration from London’s lovely row houses with doors painted in high-gloss colors. The reflective sheen of a royal blue, deep green, crimson – or whatever color you like – will ensure your house stands out from the pack.
4. Replace Door Hardware.
Polish up the handle on the big front door or, better yet, replace it with a shiny new brass lockset with a secure deadbolt. This simple and inexpensive update can create a positive change for your front entrance.
5. Make Your House Numbers Stand Out
Is your house number clearly visible? That’s key if you want your guests to arrive and your pizza to be hot. Stick-on vinyl numbers in a variety of fonts make it easy, starting at about $4 per digit.
6. A Nice Door Mat
A hardworking mat for wiping muddy feet is a must. A thick coir mat can be had at the hardware store for less than $20, while fancier varieties can be found well under $50.
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