Has anyone ever wondered why there are so many styles of front doors to choose from? When designing or buying a home, many of us look at the outward appearance of the house along with the landscaping. The one thing that enhances or sets a home up for appeal is the front door. The front door isn’t just a door per se; it is one of the most important elements of the entire house. If the Kitchen is the soul or heartbeat of your home, what in the world does the front door represent? In Feng Shui it is the mouth of chi because it is a portal by which the life force energy flows into your home. In a number of ways it is a reflection of the homeowner and what image they want to project, which is why it becomes a very personal choice.
A front door has a lot of meaning behind it but we are all concerned with the conventional purpose behind it too, right? You’ll definitely want it to physically be tough enough to withstand all the elements such as wind, rain, snow, or the scorching sun, but still have a certain grandeur and elegance. Before you choose a style, decide if you want an all wood or veneer door of which tend to warp, crack, and delaminate after years of exposure to the elements. Or perhaps a metal door? But over time, when exposed to the elements, they can tend to peel. I know this may seem like a Catch 22 but many manufacturers are taking into this into consideration are finding better solutions to make their doors more effective to withstand the elements. Just make sure to do the necessary research before making any decisions.
Once you’ve decided on the material of your door, move on to the style you like. The period style of your home should weigh heavy when making a style choice. A vast amount of doors have transoms and sidelights that surround the front door, and these areas contain glass. Well, glass before the 17th century was a luxury and only the wealthy could afford this commodity. The glass windows would help provide bringing light into the space. In earlier times, because glass was so expensive, the common folk would have at least one exterior entrance that would just be open to help with light and ventilation then covered by cloth when these wind holes were not needed (The word windows is derived from “wind holes”) .
By the 18th century, the price of glass was not as expensive, more elaborate front doors were being created. The Georgian style is the most long-lived style of the American building since it dominated the English colonies for most of the 18th century. The Adam style has very delicate features with the front door characterized by the having a fanlight along with an entry porch. This is often a Palladian-style window in the second story over the main entrance. This style is similar to the Georgian style but the Georgian style has a much heavier feel. Keeping with a
period style can be fun. Especially because most styles have a very distinct moldings, trims, columns, etc. that can be introduced throughout your home that can help make one feel very invited by seeing the style repetition that gives an overall cohesive look.
If at all possible, it is important to create a meandering pathway to your front door that sets the overall tone for your home. Choosing intriguing landscaping and vegetation can set an inviting mood as opposed to just having a straight path from the street that sets a very abrupt and stiff tone. In Feng Shui, it is also understood that this front door area should be uncluttered, visible and well maintained. Try placing potted plants on either side of your door; this will create visibility by framing the entrance. If a green thumb was not ever really your forte, do not fret, there are many companies that have beautiful artificial plants that look extraordinarily real.
All in all, just remember the front door should be beautiful, uncluttered and say “Welcome” in a very inviting way.
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