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When guests arrive at your home, you want them to feel comfortable. That starts with a welcoming entryway.

Not only does an inviting entry immediately put visitors at ease, but it improves your home’s curb appeal. So when you’re considering your next home improvement project, think about updating your front door or front porch.

Here are four ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Add a pop of color

Simply painting your front door can breathe new life into your home’s overall appearance. Fresh paint also sets the tone for what a visitor might expect to find inside.

Go with a bold, confident color like red or orange, or make a statement using a more subdued green or blue. Whatever color you select will help your home stand out from the crowd.

2. Incorporate vintage architectural details

There’s a reason some architectural styles have staying power. They incorporate elements that transcend time. When looking for ways to transform your entry, seek inspiration from Victorian and Craftsman homes.

Both styles frequently have covered porches. Craftsman homes usually have tapered columns that are larger at the bottom. Exposed rafter tails are also common with this style. Victorian front porches have much more ornate features, including intricate railings, moldings, and balusters. Victorian porches may be curved, while Craftsman tends to be angular.

While you may not be able to make your ranch-style home look like a grand Victorian, you can borrow some ideas from these architectural styles to create a look you love.

3. Spruce up a “plain Jane” porch

If the front of your home lacks in the visual interest department, give it a focal point. Instead of building a covered porch that ties into the roofline, add a wooden pergola. The pergola can be attached to your house, but the roof doesn’t need to be extended.

A pergola is made of columns that support a lattice of beams on its roof. It’s open on each side, with the top allowing some sunlight through. It’s similar to an arbor.

Many people allow ornamental vines to grow up the columns and across the roof, creating a beautifully fragrant canopy. Include a porch swing, a fountain, and some greenery, and your front porch will be the most inviting in the neighborhood.

4. Make your door a work of art

Take your front door to the next level by adding artistic or architectural details.

  • A transom window or sidelights let in natural light while adding interest.
  • An antique or reclaimed wood door gives your home a relaxed vintage vibe.
  • Ironwork scrolling makes a door look posh and refined.
  • Glass, etched or clear, make your home look polished.
  • A unique pivoting door sets your home apart.

No matter the size of your project, Diamond Hill Builders can help you create the entryway of your dreams. As the Seacoast’s preferred home improvement company, Diamond Hill stands ready to help you design and build your perfect porch. Contact us today for a complimentary quote!

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