The front of your house is the first thing a guest sees when they come over to visit. Make their initial impression a good one by adding a few awesome accessories to the front entrance. These little extras, like the right welcome mat or the perfect set of planters, are often overlooked, but can be the finishing touches that tie your home’s exterior together.
As you accessorize your front door, remember to keep your exterior’s aesthetic in mind. You want these little extras to enhance, not clash, with the style of your home.
Don’t just aim for function when choosing a doormat. Yes, you want something that’s weatherproof, easy to clean and mold resistant; but that doesn’t mean it should lack personality. There are plenty of durable welcome mats that are also well-designed — like this pretty multi-colored pick from Crate and Barrel.
A brass or bronze door knocker is an easy way to add a bit of vintage appeal to your entrance. Classic shapes like a lion’s head or a Victorian urn are great picks for a conservative exterior. If you’re looking for a little more quirk, try choosing one in an unexpected shape like this chili pepper by Michael Healy.
Don’t buy into the common misconception that a front door wreath is only appropriate during the winter holidays. Wreaths are an easy way to beautify your entrance year-round. Hang a new one each season, or switch them out regularly to commemorate important events or upcoming holidays. Don’t feel limited to using just greenery. This peacock feather wreath is a great example of a simple way to set a unique tone.
Many homeowners opt for a plaque as a way to display their house number. That said, plaques can also be used to welcome guests, show off your family’s name and crest, or even add a bit of humor to your home’s entrance.
Nothing is more welcoming than greenery. If you can’t afford expensive landscaping, adding a pretty planter on either side of your front door is a cost-effective alternative. While it’s important to choose planters that mesh with your home’s aesthetic, they don’t all need to look exactly alike. Mixing different shapes, sizes and designs is acceptable as long as they balance each other out.
Wall Mount Mailbox
Looking to add a little bit of old fashioned fabulousness to your front door? Try installing a wall mount mailbox. This classic exterior accessory comes in a surprising variety of styles and materials. From simple steel options that display your house number, to more ornate Victorian versions — there’s something for everyone.
If your neighborhood requires a street-side delivery, use the wall-mounted version as pure decoration or as a place to plant flowers.