If you've ever lingered over a doorway that evokes a "someday" sigh, then you're not alone! Take a virtual stroll past the most enviable entryways of Instagram, sure to inspire the perfect paint color or door bling for your dream home. From Manhattan's Upper East Side to the Mediterranean and everywhere in between, these snapshots take curb appeal to a new level.
We were recently inspired by the amazing custom brass door pulls that DwellStudio installed at its soon-to-open SoHo shop (see top left). The door pulls got us thinking: what are some easy ways to improve your curb appeal and welcome guests with pizzazz? Well, shut the front door, because we've discovered some gorgeous solutions. Prepare to get majorly inspired by these ideas for adding gorgeous pops of design and color to your home's front entrance!
I'd been dreaming of painting the interior doors in my family/living room for. like. ever. I just kept chickening out, worried that maybe I'd regret my decision to paint them. In the end I'm so glad I decided to follow my instincts — after all it's just paint. If I tire of the black I can always repaint . . . but I don't think I'll be tiring of the black any time soon.
Head on over to Our Fifth House for before and after pictures!
Have you completed any decorating projects lately? Be sure to share photos with the Su Casa group!
Last year I showed off my foyer to CasaSugar. In case you forgot here's what it looked like. I liked how it turned out but I've been obsessed with black doors and trim for awhile. Well, painting all the doors and trim in my house would be a major project — I thought perhaps I'd just paint my front door in the foyer.
This is how it turned out!
I really liked how it turned out, the drapery and rug really seem to pop a bit more! If you'd like to see how I added some winter items to the space, please feel free to stop by House To Your Home!
CasaSugar Community member chatichika recently posted photos of her fun and colorful home on Su Casa. The photo of her orange bathroom door definitely caught my eye. She explained the color by writing, "Due to a hair color explosion/accident staining our door brown in all the wrong places, we decided to paint the entire thing bright orange."
Paint is definitely a great solution for situations like that, and I'm no stranger to painting my walls bright, poppy colors as well. I have yet to paint one of my doors a color besides white, though. Have you?
Do you have an exterior door that's less than efficient? Short of replacing it, there are some tricks for fixing, at least temporarily, a leaky door.Curious about how you can get through the Winter with a slightly lower heating bill? Then check out my tips below.
- A draft blocker, placed at the bottom of your door, will help to cut drafts. Whenever you're home, place the draft blocker on the inside bottom of the door.
- Use foam tape, where the door meets the frame, to line the door and make the seal tighter if there are significant leaks.
- If your door has glass windows, you can use heavy-duty plastic to insulate the glass.
- How's the bottom door sweep? Give it a close inspection, and if needed, replace the door sweep.
A couple of you weren't keen on the way Kylie Minogue staged her London home, which can be yours for $6.1 million. While some may think the cotton candy pinks and blues are inappropriate for a home on the market, I think all will agree that this home has stunning interior architecture. I am particularly coveting the pocket doors that open up Kylie's dining room to the living room. And I love how she's painted them to match the walls.
My experience is that pocket doors are almost always left open, seeing as they take more care to close than the average door. But they are a great option for open plan living spaces, as well as a smart space-saving feature. Do you have any in your home? (Kylie, if you're reading, you don't need to answer this one.)
Screen doors are great for letting in cooling Summer breezes while keeping out unwanted pesky insects, but they're not de rigueur in most houses. Do you have one on your casa?
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For whatever reason, the builder of our house made the back door from a bathroom to the pool area very tall, skinny and with no interest. This door has always looked so sad and pitiful to me, so I decided to spruce it up. I wanted it to look like an old weathered door I'd found in Mexico, with layers and layers of paint. But I discovered the door is metal, so distressing it would be a challenge. Here's the homely door on the left before.
Since I couldn't sand, chip, or ding it up, I decided to add texture. Out came the spackle and putty knife. I applied it pretty hap-hazard so it wouldn't look intentional and left chunks in some areas. I prefer pink spackle so I can see where it's going and you know it's dry when it turns completely white.
I made this for my office! Adds so much character! And it's EASY! This is a project I have always wanted to do, find an old door and make a desk of it. This is a door I found at the Antiques and Collectibles show in Charlotte a few months ago. It's an 80-inch interior door. Its a pretty old door and exactly what I wanted. Chipped paint, nicks and scrapes, overall pretty weathered!! But it was a beauty to me!
To hear more about the project and see photos, head to Lori's blog, Around Applegate. Meanwhile, Assisted Living group member MandyWH is still looking for tips on turning a door into a dining table, so please comment there with suggestions you have.