Your front door is often the focal point of your home and provides significant curb appeal, so picking an attractive, high quality door can not only make your house look that much more attractive. But it can also add considerable value to your home and make it more marketable if you decide to sell it.
In Part 1 of a two-part series, we will take a look at some of the latest trends in home décor and design when it comes to front doors. We will touch on some of the latest styles on the market and what other consumers are looking for when selecting a front door. We’ll also touch on things to consider when shopping that you may not be aware of.
1) Go big or go home
One of the biggest trends today in front doors is the move to oversized doors. In fact, the more recent trend of double doors in front entryways has been replaced by the move to one large (in both width and height), oversized door. And with main floor ceilings rising to 9+ feet in many new homes today, it’s common to see doors being installed that are 8-9 feet tall and up to 42 inches wide. The presence such a design delivers to the overall esthetics of your house is obvious.
2) Consistent look between front door and garage
It wasn’t so long ago that the design trend when it came to your front door and garage was to have a distinct and different look for each, including a distinct colour scheme. That has changed very recently with the move to a more unified look for both. The rationale for this approach is quite apparent – it provides a more unified look; that these doors belong together. This provides a more consistent look to the entire front of your home.
3) Trends in front door accessories
The preferences in this area for 2017 are focused on the following two components:
For several years, chrome has been the go-to finish for door knobs and other hardware elements for front doors. In 2017, there is a movement to a more traditional look, specifically polished bronze and nickel, which provides a warmer and more inviting look for the modern home. If you have an older home, the trend is to use brass or wrought iron, thus giving the house a classic or vintage look.
A major trend today that bucks the recent outcry around privacy beckons to a previous era where homeowners used their front porch and entryway as a way to make a personal statement about their family. Everything from unique mailboxes to custom signs with the family name to door mats with a unique message and flags of your favourite sports team are becoming common place today.
4) Back in black!
Yes, black is making a resurgence of sorts as a preferred colour for your front door. Cast aside as homeowners gravitated to browns and more outlandish colours like yellow, red and blue, black is making its big comeback simply because of the classic qualities it exudes. This is consistent with the other trends we’ve noted above. Plus you can’t knock the versatility of this traditional treatment.
5) Security and energy efficiency matters
While it won’t clearly impact your curb appeal, security is a top-of-mind concern today for many homeowners given the rash of break-ins in many communities in and around Halton Region. A solid steel door provides just that, and with modern technology and design they can be constructed in such a manner to look almost identical to a solid wood product. On the same vein, doors that offer a better insulation rating are big with consumers looking to save money on their heating and cooling costs.
As you can see, there are many design trends to consider when it comes to selecting a new front door for your home. At Team Bullock, we often encourage our clients to invest in sprucing up the appearance of their homes, especially if they plan on putting them on the market in the near future. The money you will invest in enhancing your home’s curb appeal with a new front door will come back to you in spades!
Look for Part 2 of this review on the latest design trends to enhance the exterior of your home when we cover the hottest looks in garage doors in our July blog post!