Dress Up Your Front Entrance

Add a dose of curb appeal to your home with these stylish upgrades.

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It doesn't take much to make your home shine. Try these front entrance decorating ideas.

Paint Your Front Door

Ryan Homes in Virginia

Elegant Living

There's something about Virginia. Sure, it's been the place for lovers (at least since its famous 1969 travel slogan). With a mix of history and Southern charm, the area around Richmond, Virginia is especially beautiful. Our new homes in Hanover County are just 12 miles from the capital—and 90 miles south of Washington, D.C. What's not to love?

Don't underestimate the power of paint. We love a front door with a jolt of color. Which to choose? Well, different colors convey different meanings. In China, a red front door symbolizes luck, and in Colonial America, a red door conveyed that a home was a safe haven. Believe in the power of feng shui? Then paint your door yellow to channel positive energy. Choose any hue of blue if you're going for a calm vibe and purple if you want to tell the world you're open-minded. Use the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer application to see how different colors would look on your very own house.

Planters, Please!

We love the look of two planters on both sides of a front door. Houzz offers thousands of photographs to stimulate your imagination. If you like a modern feel, buy contemporary containers, or go more traditional and incorporate more ornate urns. Needless to say, your plant and flower choices are endless. Love color? Choose bright annuals in the spring. Or, just keep it green by using tall ferns and cascading vines.

Stylish Door Mat

Not only do they keep the mud out, a doormat can add a dose of panache to the front entrance. Are you the super-friendly type? Then a true “welcome” mat is in order. Frontgate offers a coco mat that's elegant and durable. Perhaps you have a wicked sense of humor. Uncommon Goods offers a Mona Lisa mat plus others with cheeky expressions.

What's Your Number?

Tell the world you've got the ultimate address with new house numbers. It's a simple thing that really makes a difference. Of course Houzz has endless house number ideas, and truthfully, it's hard to choose. Go for modern digits, an arts and crafts look, or standard elegance, courtesy of Restoration Hardware.

Ryan Homes Tip: Outdoor path lighting is another nice way to warm up your home after the sun goes down. Solar powered lights are eco friendly and easy on the wallet.