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Put away the paint: 6 simple design changes for a front door that stands out

From an eye-catching doormat to some brand new finishings.

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WHILE OFTEN NEGLECTED, your front door should be high on the list of spots around your home that should get regular attention throughout the year. 

Not only is it the first impression visitors will when they walk up to your home, it’s also a door you have to pass through countless times each week. Your front door should make you happy to cross the threshold and should offer a warm welcome to family, friends, and the occasional delivery person. 

If you’re keen to make a cheerful change to your front door situation, but can’t or don’t want to paint it, fear not. We scoured the internet for six ways you can spruce up your front door without picking up a paintbrush.  

1. A friendly reminder: Every front door can benefit from a sassy or cheerful door mat. We love how @nickeldesigns uses a popular saying as a welcome that will also serve as a helpful reminder if you sometimes forget to shut your front door when you leave! 

Find a similarly cheerful door mat at Oliver Bonas

2. Fit for all seasons: While it might be past time to take down the Christmas wreath, that act can leave your door feeling a bit bare. @thewhitepeppervintage adorns her kicky yellow door (are you sure you don’t want to pick up a paintbrush?) with a wreath that is perfect for all seasons. 

You’ll have your pick of wreaths for all seasons at Trouva

3. Knock right back: Adding personality to your front door with a cute knocker could be a lot less of an investment than painting a whole new colour. @saltandrook has even given this sweet squirrel a name – Carl. 

Turn up the cute quotient with a bee knocker from Lamb Design

4. Novelty numbers: Swapping out your house numbers is a quick fix that instantly elevates your curb appeal – and it has the added bonus of helping visitors and delivery people find your home faster. We’re big fans of the house numbers @littlehousebigfun has – they’re modern and easy to read and have a succulent planter attached. 

Order a house number planter like this one on Etsy

5. Layer a rug: You wouldn’t think doors could be trendy, but layering an outdoor rug or mat underneath one is a top front door trend. @larahinga goes with a black and white combination, and sets a monogram doormat on top of a gingham check rug for a tonne of contrast that brings interest to the front door.

Look for a rug that can withstand outdoor weather, like this one from Rugs.ie.

6. Planter perfect: Plants in pots are an obvious choice when you want to add a little life to your front door. @farmhouseinspo propped this Boston fern into a planter on a stand, which works well if your front door has a little shelter from the Irish elements. 

Find planters of all sizes at Marks & Spencer.  

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