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Personalize Your Entryway With These 8 Budget-Friendly Ideas


Written By: Lisa Frederick, Houzz Contributor
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Its always tricky to prioritize decorating dollars, and I tend to funnel most of mine to interior improvements: furniture, fabric, tchotchkes. But lately Ive been thinking that the outside of the house - and especially my front entry - deserves its share of the love. The entry may be the first impression of a home, and my entry is best described as mousy.

Fortunately, jazzing up a front entrance doesnt have to cost a fortune. Try these eight strategies to create a showstopper entryway without blowing your budget.

1. Create a mini room. Here a bench with cheery outdoor pillows, a hanging paper lantern and a framed chalkboard combine to turn a plain entrance into a sitting space all its own - all without breaking the bank. Mix and match furniture to suit your homes architecture and >2. Spell out a welcome. A stencil, a can of spray paint and presto A plain concrete stoop turns into a hospitable howdy. If you cant or dont want to paint directly on the surface, try stenciling a plain cotton or sisal doormat instead.

Photo by Wind and Willow Home - Look for entryway pictures

3. Invest in showstopping hardware. Swap out bland doorknobs and knockers for instant pizzazz on the cheap. You can search flea markets and architectural salvage stores for one-of-a-kind vintage models, but even home centers carry eye-catching >

Photo by Sterling Publishing - Look for porch design inspiration

4. Pile up plantings. Plants are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your entrance a polished look, and they can enhance any effect youre going for. Mass tumbles of old-fashioned blooms in weathered tin or tole tubs for a cottage; stick with variegated greens and sleek containers in a modern setting. For a traditional house, create a symmetrical grouping of palms, ficus or roses in ceramic or terra-cotta planters.

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5. Light the way. Why settle for a boring outdoor light fixture when you can hang a piece of eye candy? Outdoor chandeliers are delightfully unexpected. If you want to use it for illumination, look for a model thats designed for outdoor use, but if you just want the decorative effect, you can mount an indoor fixture without wiring it.

Photo by Megan Buchanan - Discover porch design ideas

6. Paint the door an unexpected color. It sounds obvious, and yet so many of us take the easy way out and go with brown, black or white. If the task of choosing a bolder hue throws you for a loop, try this trick: Snap a photo of your house, then take it to the paint store so you can see how different colors work with your exterior.

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Choose a shade that contrasts strongly with the primary paint color: bright pink paired with pale gray siding, turquoise against rusty red brick, plum on khaki stucco. Lipstick red in a field of crisp white is a >7. Decorate the doorway surround. Set off your front door and give it greater presence by adding a decorative frame. If the architecture will accommodate such a treatment, line it with decorative tiles or a mosaic. If not, you can achieve a similar effect with paint.

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8. Have fun with house numbers. Forget hardware-store numbers on the mailbox. Make yours pop: fun colors, funky fonts, creative placement. Just be sure that you dont sacrifice clear visibility and readability for the sake of visual interest.

Photo by Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture - Discover home design design inspiration

Also See:

  • Colorful Outdoor Cushions For the Front Porch
  • Designer Doorknobs That Make a Statement
  • How Chartreuse Can Make Your Front Door Stand Out


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