{friday finds: front door design}

It’s the first of March and the sun is shining! I don’t think it’s too soon to start thinking about exterior painting (and spring), do you? Let’s start with the front door.

The front door of your home is like the cover on a book, the wrapping on a present, or the icing on a cake – it’s a preview of what’s to come. Your front door assures you that you’ve arrived safely home. It warmly greets your guests and welcomes them in. With so much of your home’s reputation resting on your front door, we wanted to share some tips and inspiration to help you make your front door a true representation of the family and home that resides within.

Color When focusing on exterior colors for your home, Hirshfield’s paint expert Mark Masica recommends going by the “70-25-5” rule:

Body color (70%) Trim color (fascia, windows, overhangs) 25% Accent color (doors and/or shutters) 5% Since the paint color you select for your door will only be used on about 5% of the exterior of your home, it’s a great place to experiment and go bold! Here are some popular exterior paint colors that Mark says are right on trend for the season.

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Lighting A well-lit front entrance not only looks lovely, it’s also practical. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter.

Low-level path lights will brighten your walkway while highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover. Low-level path lights can also be used to define the boundaries of long driveways. Convert decks, porches, and patios into romantic retreats by concealing mini-lights under steps, railing or benches.

Accessories Plants, light fixtures, house numbers, door handles, mailboxes and door-knockers can all help enhance the look of your front door. These front door accessories can be pretty low-cost, and therefore, low-commitment pieces so have fun with them and switch them out often.

Now, let’s indulge in some front door decadence!

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Fresh Home

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Elemental Architecture

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House Beautiful

Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help you with everything from window-treatments to paint colors. Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minneapolis.

One Response to “{friday finds: front door design}”

  1. {bits & pieces: look at that front door!} | Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    […] spend thousands of dollars on a hipster front door, Mark Masica (Hirshfield’s Color Services) shares his tips for enhancing the front of your home with lighting, accessories, and color. Make your home […]

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