Guest Post ~ Holiday Front Doors

Today, I am excited to have a guest post from the lovely Jenny Barber.  Jenny works for Homelink and we met at an industry event a little over a year ago.  With her big smile and warm personality she welcomed me into the industry and has been a wonderful resource and friend! jenny barber

A little bit more about Jenny:

“I was born and raised in Richmond.  I attended JMU where I received my BFA in Interior Design.  I have dealt primarily with residential design during my career over the past 13 years, and I was also a furniture buyer.  I had my own design business while living in Virginia Beach, but I missed Richmond and decided to move back after 5 years.  I love all genres and styles of décor and design, and I jump at the chance to do something ‘out of the box.’ I recently assisted a designer with the Symphony League Designer House, which was a wonderful experience!  I also love of horses and dogs.”

Welcome Jenny, I’m happy to have you share your holiday ideas with us!

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Being a native Richmonder, I certainly appreciate and love the different areas and environs our wonderful city has to offer. Whether it be the Fan, the Far or Near West End, Midlothian, the Museum District, or Mechanicsville, each has their own unique style and characteristics when it comes to exteriors and décor.  I've always loved driving around through the neighborhoods to see how people decorate their front doors and entryways; and no better time than with the holidays right around the corner….or block.

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“Go big or go home” has always been a mantra of mine. And when it comes to front doors, color is key. Painting it a bright or cheerful hue that compliments the exterior can really make a statement and give your house that much needed facelift without breaking the bank.

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Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a change if you aren't quite ready to knock out all the items on your home remodeling list.  Not sure how daring you want to be? Take a nice stroll down Monument Avenue or through Carytown to see how sapphire blue, coral, and lime green can blend beautifully with an historic building or home of every style.  Even opting for a more subtle color but using a high-gloss lacquer finish can really stand out.

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Not ready to make the paint commitment? Adding a whimsical or seasonal wreath or garland is another great option and you can change it out to your little heart’s delight!

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Check out some of these creative ideas to add some “blizang” to your abode.

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purple wreath

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Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, and Krismasi Njema to all!

Much love, Jenny Barber aka…Babs

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Thanks so much, Jenny!  I love all of these ideas for holiday front doors!

º How you do decorate your front door for the holidays?

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Colorful Front Doors

A few years ago, my mom took a trip to Ireland with 3 of her girlfriends.  They had a fabulous time touring the countryside, and along with many souvenirs and pictures she returned with this poster. Irish front doors

I fell in love with the colorful front doors and knew that when I had a home, I wanted it to have a colorful front door.

So, when Andrew and I bought our house, we headed straight to Lowe’s and picked out the perfect shade of purple (my favorite color) for our front door!

purple front door

When picking out a paint color for your front door, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

Your front door is one of the first things people notice about your home.  Make it welcoming by choosing a cheery color.  Red is always a popular choice.  A cherry red front door on a white house with black shutters is a classic and timeless combination.

red front door

red front door

You want to be sure to choose a color that compliments the other features of your home’s exterior.  For example, blues usually work well with red brick homes.

blue front door

blue front door

I prefer to have the front door a different color from the rest of the exterior.  It adds interest to the façade of the house and welcomes you and your guests.  The fresh green door on this house is the first thing you notice.

green front door

green front door

If your door opens to a main room in your home, you may want to think about the colors used in that room.  John and Sherry of Young House Love chose a sunny yellow for their front door.  The color not only works with the exterior of their house, but it matches the décor in their front rooms as well.

yellow front door

yellow front door

When thinking about your front door color, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  I have not seen too many orange front doors, but paired with grey siding and white trim, it’s a lovely combination.  The coordinating flowers and outdoor rug make this space even more inviting.

orange front door

orange front door

Adding a contrasting detail is another way to set your front door apart from all of the others on the block.

pink front door

pink front door

If you’re having difficulty choosing a color, here is a tip I learned from HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse:

  1. Take a picture of your house.
  2. Print an 8”x10” of the picture.
  3. Cut out the area for the front door.
  4. Place different color paint chips in the opening to see which one you like best!

How to choose a front door color

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In the end, you are the one walking in the door every day, so have fun, pick a color you love, and add a unique and recognizable feature to your home!

º What color is your front door?

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