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Designing A Dramatic Entrance Door

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

By Alyssa Davis

The front entryway and door to your house is what provides people with their first impression about your home. There are some methods you can use to design an entryway and front entrance door that will make a dramatic statement and improve the overall look of your home from the outside.

The Entrance Door Size

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The door you choose has a big impact on the appearance of the front entryway into your home. One method of creating a lot of drama is using an oversized door. Although this might take a bit of retrofitting if you are remodeling an existing home, a door that is taller than normal can add a lot of impact to the overall look. This can be especially effective if the home has a foyer area with a tall ceiling, or a grand light fixture hung high inside the entryway to the home. French double doors can also add a lot of style and appeal, again by being larger than your average front door.

Dramatic Colors

Instead of using lighter neutral shades, choose a darker and more dramatic accent color for the front door. Colors that can be extremely effective are burgundy and deep greens, as well as other dark and earthy colors. This is a good way of picking up accent colors from inside your home, as well as outside, and can help to accentuate architectural features both inside and outside your home. For instance, if you have greens in your living room area, choose a complementary color that is a shade or two darker for your front door, for additional emphasis. You can also create some drama by selecting a surprising or contrasting color for the front door. Or, add some color to your front door by choosing doors that feature stained glass, or etched glass areas.

Door Design

If you are shopping for a new front door, consider some of the new styles that include plenty of windows. Not only does this let a lot of light into your home, but it also can let some of your interior design, such as a dramatic entryway light fixture, become visible from outside. Some of these doors include a surrounding framework that is also designed with a lot of style, such as an arch shape with glass panes over the top of the doorframe. Wooden doors finished in rich shades are beautiful, or select from fiberglass door styles which are easy to care for, and provide good insulating properties. There are many door manufacturers that make fiberglass doors in styles that closely resemble the design features and patterns of wood doors.

Accessorizing the Front Door

In addition to the door itself, there are other things you can do to create a dramatic entryway into your home. Select impressive door hardware, and add a beautiful brass doorknocker. Beautiful brass hardware looks especially elegant when contrasted against dark colored doors. You can also increase the drama of your entryway by adding a tasteful wreath to the front door, or by adding some plantings or other types of landscaping to the area immediately surrounding the front door.

About the Author: regularly features articles by Alyssa Davis on decorating with large wall sculptures and butterfly metal wall hangings.


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Pool And Patio Furniture

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

By Beverly Kane

Your backyard is one of those private retreats where you can just about do any activity to relax and muse. Pool and patio furniture add tremendous value to this little outdoor space. And since its summer, you could probably be in the mood to buy some elegant pool and patio furniture to add more value to this precious space, where you can be just yourself. Sit, swing, lounge , glide or smell the earth, admire nature and all that is around you.

The whole idea is not to pull up a lawn chair and sit by the pool. Exclusive furniture made for the pool and patio add that special touch to your private outdoors. You will perhaps have to spend a little time to shop around and choose the most perfect one for your use. Furniture retailers sell the hot items fast, so if you locate something you fancy, buy it before it is too late.

Pool and patio furniture are available in different styles with varied price range. The standard patio furniture comes with four chairs with optional seat covers, one table and an umbrella. You could also go for smaller sets including two chairs, a matching small table with or without an umbrella. Chaise lounge chairs have adjustable back so you can adjust the leaning angle, to suit your need. These are good for relaxing by the pool and sunbathing.

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While you can always buy them individually, they come as part of the patio set as well. Pads meant for these chairs are also available singly or with the set. A swing is a good idea, which adds to your relaxation. These can be put in one corner of the patio or in any corner of your choice. Pool and patio furniture are very sturdy and can withstand all weather conditions. A wise idea would be however to put away the chair pads during extreme weather conditions, or when you are not using it for a long period of time.

If you wondering where you get these furniture, they are available at most home improvement stores in your area. And of course they are readily available at Home Depot or Lowes, at Wal-Mart, Target, Pier 1, and similar stores which sell furniture for garden and outdoors. Buying these furniture online is also a feasible option. Usually shipping costs are included, but this element could be expensive. Remember to go through the return policies when you purchase furniture online, in case these don’t suit your needs and you have to return them.

So go ahead and get yourself the comfort and luxury of pool and patio furniture and enjoy the great outdoors. The enjoyment is unlimited.

About the Author: Beverly Kane is a staff writer at

Home Improvement Gazette

and is an occasional contributor to several other websites, including

The Shopping Gazette



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