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7 Easy Ways to Create an Inviting Entryway in Winter

Depending on how you enter your home, you might not know how your front door appears to friends and neighbors. Fortunately, winter provides time to improve your entryway before spring. These seven projects can give your entryway a welcoming presence.
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Depending on how you enter your home, you might not know how your front door appears to friends and neighbors. Fortunately, winter provides time to improve your entryway before spring. These seven projects can give your entryway a welcoming presence.

#1 Replace your door sweep.

Replacing your door sweep will prevent chilly drafts from entering your home. Door sweeps wear out with time, so make sure to have a replacement installed before the next winter storm.

Photo courtesy of Cuevas Construction in Salem, OR

#2 Repaint your front door.

Picturing your front door in a new color is easier than you think. Take a photo of your front door and place different color chips behind the frame. You can also consult with a painter concerning the best colors for your exterior and interior.

#3 Add new house numbers.

New house numbers in shiny brass or black will give your door a finishing touch. Your home center has a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that can create the look that you prefer. Choose a size that visitors can see from the street and find a design that matches the numbers on your mailbox.

#4 Upgrade your door hardware.

Stylish and smart-looking hardware gives your door an elegant appearance and increases home security. Select an ornate or plain design in a finish of your choice. Instead of choosing a simple door knob, you may want to consider a vintage design that includes the latest in high-tech mechanics. A thumb latch entry lets you use levers and decorative knobs to enter your home.

#5 Create an inviting porch space.

Looking forward to warmer days and planning for outdoor activities gives you a reason to shop for porch seating. Usually made of cedar, oak or wicker, porch furniture offers comfort that may help reduce stress.

Photo courtesy of Window World, Inc. in Oklahoma City, OK

#6 Update the lighting.

A new porch light will illuminate your entryway and provide additional practical benefits. A light is helpful to visitors trying to find steps, as well as family members returning home at night. For your personal protection, identifying visitors before you open the door is very important. Many porch lights include motion detectors and stylish designs that match most kinds of architecture.

Photo courtesy of Raleigh Doors & Windows in Raleigh, NC

#7 Build a bench.

A built-in bench adjacent to your front door gives you a place to rest your packages or groceries while you find your key. A custom design can complement your architectural style while also boasting some practical functionality. A bench is also a good alternative if you lack the room for a porch swing. Built-in benches take up less space than other porch furniture and still provide comfortable seating.