Artsy Entry: Open the Door to a Great First Impression

They say don’t judge a book by its cover. But we find ourselves gazing at interesting covers in bookstores, airports and libraries all the time.

First impressions count. And so do front doors. It’s the first thing new guests or potential homebuyers touch, and it sets the tone for what’s inside.

Some prefer an open, inviting style. They pull the curtains back. They look out and enjoy their front yard, and they don’t mind if a passerby gets a peek inside. They may also want to express that open, natural light feel with a front door that lets a lot of light through.

Meanwhile, homeowners who prefer a more secluded and private feel may opt for an impressive slab of magnificent oak or mahogany with interesting designs as the gateway to their home.

And those who delight in bright colors may make their front door an artistic statement with carefully matched colors and designs.

It’d be easy to get carried away and hang a door so bursting with personality that takes away from the value of your home. But, so long as it doesn’t require a difficult installation to replace the frame, it’s relatively simple to swap out your artsy entry for something more mainstream.


Doors typically come in fiberglass, steel and wood, although there are plenty of choices that incorporate many other stylish elements.

Each material has its own set of ups and downs. Wood, for example, may have the most elegant feel. But it tends to be the most expensive and requires a little love — i.e. lacquer — from time to time.

Steel is cheap and sturdy, providing security and economy. But they tend to gather scratches more easily.

Fiberglass is perhaps the most durable and practical, but it lacks the style and feel of wood and steel.

Let the Sun Shine In?

Consider how the sun hits your house, especially in the summer, when choosing how much light you want your front door to let in. Aside from privacy, it’s probably the number one consideration when selecting a stylish front door.

Too much direct light could create other lighting problems in your house and add to your air conditioning bills. Often, a textured, tinted or frosted glass can reduce direct sunlight and provide a little more privacy, particularly if your home looks out onto a busy street.

For some, a mostly solid door is more practical, especially if side windows or a window above the door provide sufficient natural light.