We talk a lot about interiors so how about we take a step outdoors this week and look at the entry to your home. There’s the saying I’m sure you’re all familiar with; Never judge a book by its cover. However the entry to your home should be the starting point of what’s to come inside. It should be a collective embrace of style and thoughtful design that simply makes sense and relates to the interior. Here are some simple design elements that you can incorporate to ensure once that threshold is crossed that harmony between your outdoors and indoors is there.
1. Make the path clear
Have you ever visited someone and you’ve struggled to find their front door? You end up going through the wrong gate and find yourself at a side sliding door. If you don’t have clear direction or a focal point to your entry then people aren’t going to know it’s there.
Landscaping can be a major key player in ensuring there is a distinctive route to your front door. Create a path with impact by laying down old railway sleepers or perhaps paved steps with a pond running either side. Ground running plants are an inexpensive way to create direction and they add a lush layer to your entry.
Apart from creating pathways why not make your entrance obvious by making it a statement? The structure itself could stand proud of your home or it could have a roof covering that contrasts the roof line of your home.Sometimes going big can make all the difference.
If you’ve got a country style home then selecting stainless steel for the entry isn’t going to create harmony. We need to think about the style of our home and the finishes already there. Elements of these can then be used in your entry so that there’s a connection between the two spaces. Think of using bricks and timber to enhance your entry but connect it to your home. The paint colours you select should also reflect what’s going on indoors. They don’t have to be the same but at least within the same tones. You can always throw in a splash on contrasting colour to brighten things up and to grab the attention of visitors.
3. Statement Door
This is where big is much better. If you follow none of the above points but have a big entry door then you’ll still be making your entrance something spectacular. Oversized doors are a very modern approach to home entry design. They are all custom made to suit your exact sizing requirements. You could have a timber panelled door, a sleek painted plain door or a hammered metal finish for a striking effect. Or simply paint it red to make a statement and have it jump out for attention.
The mechanisms on the market today now mean that even if the door is 5 times the size of you, you’ll still be able to push it open with ease. They have heavy duty hinged doors, pivot doors and sliding doors all of which can be opened and closed with the push or pull of a single hand. Or you could get fancy and get electronic opening doors, push a button and it does the rest for you.
Lighting is another way to inexpensively lead people to your front door especially in the dark of an evening. There are some beautiful contemporary garden lights on the market that can either be hard wired or solar run. LED strip lights are a great tool for winding around the path that leads to your front door.
Written by Birdblack Design