The entrance to your home is the first impression visitors get when they visit. Does your front entrance let people know anything about you and your taste? Whether you live in a cottage or a larger home, here are some tips for creating a welcome and attractive entrance.
1. Paint the front door. This is on my to-do list for the next month. I will be calling my local Atlanta painting contractor, since applying a fresh coat of paint to your front door goes a long way to giving an entrance an inexpensive facelift. The color you select should complement the paint colors or materials your home is constructed of and any containers located near the door.
2. Add a few large decorative pots of plants on either side of the front door. You can also add some interest by having just one container that is a focal point, such as a bonsai, which will offer a different look in every season. Using two oversized pots with hardy evergreens (conifers or broadleaf types) will soften the look of the hardscape, and by using large pots you won’t have to worry about watering so much. Remember there are many shades of green, you can mix and match or use just one type of plant. Make sure the containers you use have drainage holes and are weather proof.
3. Add seasonal color to existing container plantings. For example, in the autumn you can add winter blooming annuals like violas and in the spring you can replace these with annuals like Caladiums and ferns, for long season color in the shade. For a dramatic statement in the full sun, use succulents like Agave which add a sculptural element or big leaved plants such as Elephant Ears.