Home & Style

3 Ways to Dress Up Your Front Door

These local homes know how to make a good first impression. Let them inspire you to liven up your own entry.

Architect Christopher Cahill at the grand entrance of his Wesley Heights home. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Modern Warmth

This contemporary wooden plank door, on a Bethesda home by Rill Architects, hits the sweet spot between modern and traditional. Choose these streamlined pieces to capture the vibe:

The Serralunga “Kabin” planter, at AllModern.com ($295).

The Salsbury Industries standard mailbox, at Mailboxes.com ($80).

“Petaluma” lanterns, at Crate & Barrel ($40-$129).

Updated Traditional

Photograph by Jim Darling Photography.

A splash of cool, crisp blue keeps this Alexandria Colonial by SBK Architecture and SLD Interiors from turning basic. Go for classic accents with a homey feel to get the look:

“Madera” lantern sconce, at Restoration Hardware ($189).

Architectural Mailboxes antique brass house numbers, at Lowe’s ($13).

Shine Company cedar barrel planters, at Wayfair.com ($197-set of four).

Mod Moment

Photograph by Ty Cole.

Architect Wakako Tokunaga introduced a mod burst of color at a client’s home in Silver Spring. Replicate the sunshiney sensibility with cheerful accessories:

“Papaja” plant pot, at Ikea ($1.99).

Richard Schultz “Fresh Air” chair, at AllModern.com ($732).

Raw-aluminum house numbers, at CB2 ($10).

This article appears in the September 2014 issue of Washingtonian.