Front Foyers

Entryways… Entry halls… Foyers

Once you get through a front door you enter someone’s world. It’s the entrance into the rest of their life hidden behind that doorway.  Is it plain? Colourful? Antique? Wide, narrow, vaulted?  Entryways or foyers set the tone for the rest of the house.  Is it where everyone drops their shoes, school bags, sporting bags?  Is it bare with nothing at all and is merely there to get you from the front door to the rest of the house or from room to room. 

The foyer is the first place to welcome old friends and to greet new people. An entryway is an amazing place to display your style. You can go chic, retro, classy, nautical, country or Victorian and have all the fun or elegance you desire.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to make a statement but it gives an impression as soon as it is entered into.

I love entryways, wide entryways.  There is something that I feel about a house as I walk into this area that makes me expectant of what’s to come but also sets the mood for those that enter. That’s why the materials that you use in this area, wood flooring, tiles, timber cladding, dado levels, wallpaper and the colours you use, can really make a difference.

There’s no disputing the importance of this area as the first impression that your house gives to visitors and it’s easy to change. With a fresh coat of paint, a crafted renovation and a new perspective, your entryway can really become a warm and inviting focal point for the whole house.

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Front Doors

What's in a front door?....
 

The first thing a visitor will encounter when they come to your home is your front door, and selecting this part of your home is an important decision to make.  It sets the tone for what is about to follow. A house with a charming and beautiful front door is indeed inviting.

When looking for a front door, you will be amazed by the number of choices you will be dealing with. Even though we want our entry door handsome enough to make a good first impression, it must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorching sun, and would-be intruders. One of the main choices is concerning what materials the door is made from. They may be made from wood, either solid or hollow core, composite materials, metal or glass.

Then comes style… and then colour…This is where an owners character really comes into play.  Depending on the style of the home, you want to choose a door that compliments the home as well as your taste.  So much to think about and this is just the front door!

 

Selecting the part of your home that a visitor will first come into contact with, is clearly an important decision to make. It sets the tone for what is about to follow. A house with a charming and beautiful front door is indeed inviting and can become the envy of your friends and neighbours. So, it is very important to remember that when you are planning to remodel your home or are planning to build a new one, not to forget to factor in the decision about the part of your house that everyone will first come into contact with.

When looking for a front door, you will be amazed by the number of choices you will be dealing with. Some of the choices may be products made from wood, composite materials, and Metal. Each of the aforementioned styles has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here is an overview of these three options.

Entry doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, scorching sun, and would-be intruders, yet handsome enough to make a good first impression. Unfortunately, meeting those needs is a tall order for many front doors. Most older ones are made of wood or wood veneer, both of which warp, crack, and delaminate after years of exposure to the elements.

Most manufacturers offer dozens of door styles, and you'll find a broad selection at lumberyards, home centers, and door dealers.

 

Front Entries

Front entries into a house....
 

It's the first thing that you see from the road verge. It conveys a lot about somebody and their taste. What do you like? Modern, Shabby chic, Federation, Hamptons... A home needs to reflect who you are. It needs to say 'welcome home'; 'welcome back'; 'come sit for a while'. Some say 'don't enter'; 'don't stay long'. The more I looked the more variety of styles I found. Some were rather drab, some said 'look at me'; some showed some fun, a sense of mirth, whilst others show preciseness, minimalism. What ever you choose as an entrance, make sure it conveys who you are and what you want it to say to those who'll come to visit.

What do you want your entrance to say about you?

And just a thought for you, if you choose a neutral colour for your exterior walls, like maybe white, go out there with your front door colour, you can always change it.  It's a lot cheaper to change the colour of your front door than what it is to change the colour of the whole exterior of your house.  Just sayin'.