How inviting is your current entryway? And does it reflect your personal style? Two of the most exciting things to consider when choosing a new door are the style and finish. In both cases, what ultimately matters most is what you like. But here are a few more thought starters to help you to decide.
What suits your home's style?
Every home has a style. One of the simplest ways to pick out a new door is to select one that complements your home’s architectural style. Understanding the signature elements of these common residential architectural styles will help you find a door to complete your look.
Arts & Crafts
Modern Craftsman | Bungalow | Prairie
Embodying the simplicity of the Arts & Crafts era, Craftsman style homes are characterized by low-pitch gable roofs, wide eaves and large porches with distinctive tapered columns. Handcrafted stone or woodwork is also a common element.
Country | Cape Cod | Colonial
Traditional home styles are typically two-story, ranging from the iconic symmetrical characteristics of Colonial or Cape Cod homes to the classic Country Farmhouse.
Southwestern | Mediterranean | Tudor
Old World-style homes reflect many distinctive cultures. They feature the authenticity of natural stone, or the warmth of masonry or stucco exteriors. Solid, dark-finish doors with rich wood grains and decorative wrought iron glass make ideal accents.
Modern | Urban | International
Open living spaces, clean structured geometric lines and function-over-form are key elements of style for Contemporary and Modern homes. Style features may include simplistic designs as well as seamless integration of nature.
How do I choose paint or stain?
Door finish is another way to add character to your entry and give it a custom feel. When choosing between a paint or stain finish for your door, consider your home's roof, siding, windows, trim and garage door. Look at your interior woodwork as well. Then select a paint or stain that will create a unified look you’ll love.