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Rock your curb appeal and show off your personality and style with these easy and cost-effective front entrance ideas that can be tackled in a weekend.

5 Easy Front Entrance Ideas

Whether you are prepping for a steady stream of guests throughout the summer or need to seriously upgrade your home’s curb appeal, these 5 easy front entrance ideas will make a huge difference to the feel and appearance of your front door. I promise your entryway love and TLC will pay off every time you come home! Better yet, these steps can be checked off in a weekend!

Here are 5 Easy Front Entrance Ideas to rock your curb appeal. Whether you want to spiffy up your front door for summer guests or for putting your house on the market, be sure to complete one or two of these easy steps to improve your entrance.

  1. Good Old-Fashioned TLC: Scrub and Repair

You will do wonders for your doorway when you get rid of cobwebs, dirt, and leafy debris. Sweep off the porch, polish your hardware and scrub the accumulated dust and traffic grime off the door.

Check out the condition of everything there. Does your porch need a new coat of paint? A few new wood boards? Our entry needed a new porch lightbulb and some threshold care. It’s amazing how you never notice a threshold until you really give it a critical look.


  1. Step On It: Add A Fabulous Doormat

I know I’m not alone in loving cheery, colorful and decorative doormats. But they can take a lot of wear and abuse, so adding a fresh new doormat is a must. I used to buy a new colorful coir mat every year or so for the front door, but now I’m into making my own out of wood. No more coir tracked throughout the house! There are a ton of great DIY doormats, but regardless of whether you make one or buy one, a fresh new mat will make you smile. I promise!

DIY Wooden Doormat with chevron stripes is a great focal point to refresh a porch entryway.



  1. A-Door-Able: Paint Your Door or Add New Hardware

I’ve always ignored my door. Until I painted it. And I painted it a bright teal (see the picture above). Then all of the sudden I was in love—it just made me happy. And it makes my house look happy too. An added bonus is that it’s easy to give directions: “My house is the one on the right with the teal door.” Not only that, but last Halloween, three young trick or treaters complimented me on my door. Can you believe that?

You might know exactly what color to paint your door, or you might need a little help. If so, there’s a handy app called Front Door Paint that you can add to your phone (available for both Android and Apple) that shows you some options. Just take a picture of your door and select from their colors to check out your new door.



And if you’re intimidated to paint your front door, Love Pomegranate House features a great tutorial. I took mine off the hinges to paint it, but it’s super heavy and needs two people, so her tutorial walks you through leaving it on its hinges.

front door paint how to

And once you’ve painted that door, you’re without a proper door until the paint dries! I found no matter how dry you think the paint is, it has a very good chance of sticking to the weatherstripping once you close it. So here’s a handy tip to help to keep the fresh paint to sticking to the weather stripping: put some Vaseline along the edge that might stick. Easy!

If you’re already in love with your door color, consider your hardware. Would some vintage hardware really show off your home’s style? Or maybe something modern?

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  1. New Digits: Style Your House Numbers

Your address is a focal point for any new visitor. Therefore it’s natural that house numbers would make any list of home entrance ideas for improving your curb appeal. I have a little bungalow that is very charming, with very cutesy house numbers. My front entrance to-do list includes some new DIY house numbers. (Maybe this will be the year.) Are you in the same boat? Do you have boring digits? If so, here are a few fabulous ideas to inspire your own flashy new numbers.

Hardware for numbers can be expensive, but this project utilizes numbers made from a Cricut and is actually layers of thin chipboard. And it looks so perfect with the planter!

house numbers with planter


Here’s another tutorial that creates its own numbers–so cool for an industrial look!

house numbers made from screws

And one last example of purchased house numbers creatively mounted on wood for a more rustic touch.

DIY house numbers


  1. Show ‘Em What You Got: Add Porch Accessories, Flowers, Wreath, etc.

Show off your personality and style at your door! Imagine how much drearier these doors below would be without their accents and style. So for some more front entrance ideas, add a bunch of flowers or a wreath to your door like this Spring Blossom Wreath.

Rock your curb appeal and show off your personality and style with these easy and cost-effective front entrance ideas that can be tackled in a weekend.

Or decorate with your patriotic streak. I love the extra touch of little flags in the planters.

Rock your curb appeal and show off your personality and style with these easy and cost-effective front entrance ideas that can be tackled in a weekend.

Do you have some plain space next to your door? Add some decor to show off your style. In addition, a bright mix of flowers makes a charming touch.

Rock your curb appeal and show off your personality and style with these easy and cost-effective front entrance ideas that can be tackled in a weekend.

So there you have it: 5 easy front entrance ideas that will surely rock your curb appeal. Complete one each weekend for a super manageable schedule. And if you want more details and pretty pictures, check out Better Homes & Gardens Quick & Easy Curb Appeal.


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  • Reply Logan

    I love that door mat and how it ties into the door so nicely!

    June 15, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Logan! I was glad I still had some paint to match to the doormat.

      June 20, 2016 at 7:42 am
  • Reply linda spiker

    Great tips! I love the front door painting tips and that address/planter!

    June 15, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Linda!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Jillian Pedersen

    I love, love, love the planter with the address numbers you have pictured. What a great idea! I currently live in an apartment so I can’t paint my door but I love the idea of having a fun doormat and address decoration to make ours stand out and appear more homely.

    June 15, 2016 at 7:55 am
    • Reply michelle

      I know, the planter is great!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Amanda

    These are all great options! The blue door is my favorite!

    Amanda ||

    June 15, 2016 at 8:08 am
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Amanda! We love our blue door!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Amber

    All of these are super cute ideas. I also had no idea about that front door app! Very cool.

    June 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Kristen Kavan

    That app to help you pick a door color is awesome! And I love adding new numbers! so cute! Thanks for the fun suggestions!

    June 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Cait

    Love these ideas! The front door can make a huge impact on the whole image. Thanks for sharing.

    – Cait |

    June 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    Perfect timing! I am paining my door this weekend and would have never thought that there was actually a method to it, so thanks for sharing that tutorial! Love the bright turquoise you chose, I can definitely see how that would make you happy!

    Clothes & Quotes

    June 15, 2016 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply michelle

      FAntastic! Glad your weekend project got a little help Shannon:)

      June 20, 2016 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Carly @ FitLiving Eats

    Love this! I definitely need to clean off my front door. And I love the fun ways to display house numbers. So cute!

    June 15, 2016 at 5:23 pm
    • Reply michelle

      You’ll be stoked when your door is clean:)

      June 20, 2016 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Krista Dial

    The bright blue front door and the stacked street number next to the planter are my two favorites from the list…how fun?! Love these quirky little touches that make your front entrance stand out from the crowd!

    June 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Krista!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Leah

    These are some fun ideas! I started trying to update ours a couple years ago, but then stopped! Thanks for the inspiration!

    June 15, 2016 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply michelle

      Go for it Leah!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Christine Anne

    Love all these ideas. One day I will finally be out of military housing and have a home of my own. I especially love the idea of styled house numbers. So cute! Thanks for this list. 🙂

    June 16, 2016 at 9:53 am
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Christine:)

      June 20, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Angie

    This is so great! I really like the new door. My home could use some real curb appeal improvement.

    June 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Angie, we love to door to bits. Good luck on your home!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Suzanne

    I’m obsessed with front entrances, and these ideas are so good! I love the idea of changing house numbers. Such a small change that makes a big impact. Love!

    June 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Suzanne! Changing our house numbers is the next one on our list!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:51 am
  • Reply Glenda Kruse

    These are some great ideas. I need to get more motivated to do DIY projects around the house.

    June 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm
    • Reply michelle

      Some of the ideas can be really quick projects! But I know about needing to get motivated…:)

      June 20, 2016 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Jessica

    We’re looking to buy a new house and I’m so excited about decorating the entrance, and the rest of the house too! I love a good front entrance. Something about it just makes a home look really classy.

    June 17, 2016 at 9:30 am
    • Reply michelle

      So true Jessica!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Sayantini

    Loved the ideas. Especially the number boards. We can actually do so many things to beautify our front entrance. Thanks for such a informative post!

    June 20, 2016 at 6:59 am
    • Reply michelle

      Thanks Sayantini!

      June 20, 2016 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Great ideas here to freshen up the front entrance and increase curb appeal. Love the house number sign made with Cricut and that Fron Door app is superb!

    January 26, 2018 at 8:06 am
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