Homes - Exteriors

How to design the front door

Give your front door an attractive edge with these easy updates.

The Victorians placed great importance on first impressions -- the front entrance revealed much about a house and its inhabitants. Today, the front door has evolved to become the very essence of curb appeal and an exciting opportunity for personal expression.

  • Add presence with exterior lighting. Consider scale and proportion, erring on the side of an overscale fixture as opposed to a blink-and-you’ve-missed-it one.
  • Typically 4" to 6" high, house numbers should be placed near the front door and under a light or on a contrasting background, which allows for clear visibility at night.
  • Paint your door a statement colour that stands out from the rest of the house. Try a gorgeous historical blue -- strong but softened slightly with grey undertones, and not something you see every day.

Good to know
Lighting will feel more welcoming if it’s lower, so don’t hang the fixture too high. General guideline: a wall-mounted fixture should be approx. 66" to 72" above the ground.

Best best & eco option
Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Check out a ReStore ( in your area for an amazing selection of new and used building materials, including reclaimed exterior doors and surrounds -- even paint! 



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