A front door with sidelight proves the power of a first impressionDIYer Cass Smith gives her front door a refresh as the final step in an exterior renovation.
Where she is now (left) and where she started (right):
The new front door features lots of glass and sleek contemporary hardware for an updated look, while the grilles add a touch of tradition.
Where to begin picking out a new front door
Cass knew she wanted a door that blended “traditional and modern” styles. To figure out just the right door, she spent time on Pinterest searching for inspiration. As she was perusing, she kept the big picture in mind. How would her new front door work with her exterior color, accent color, brick walkway and landscaping?
Considering all these factors, she decided to stick with the existing color. A black door would keep her high-contrast color scheme going, but she also wanted an updated door style. “I knew that clean lines and a modern style was the way to go because we have a lot of traditional elements on the exterior of our house,” she said. With this as her starting point, she began digging into the details.
Did you know? Our front doors are handmade of wood. They can be painted, stained or clad in aluminum on the exterior (for weather resistance). They come in both single and double-door options and can be configured to swing outward or inward. Learn more about our front doors.
Did you know? Grilles are decorative patterns applied to the glass. They don’t actually disrupt the glass, which is better from an energy savings perspective, but they do add a touch of architectural interest. Grilles are available in various patterns (complementary to different architectural styles) and can be applied to the glass in a number of different ways (exterior and interior, interior only, etc.). Find out more about the grille options available on our windows and doors.
Did you know? If you’re wondering what the difference is between traditional and contemporary hardware styles, here are some clues. Ridges, curves and textured details are more traditional characteristics, while sleek lines, right angles and minimal profiles are more contemporary characteristics. Bright brass (like Cass had on her old front door) and distressed bronze are two types of finishes that look great in a traditional setting, while matte stainless steel and black aluminum (like on Cass’ new front door) are finishes that lend a more modern look.
Did you know? A sidelight is a tall, narrow window next to a window or a door that can be configured in all sorts of ways and in all sorts of styles. While it’s a great way to let in more natural light, it’s not the only way. If you don’t have space for a sidelight, consider a transom window, which sits above a door. Find out more about front doors with sidelights and transoms.
The new sidelight (left) next to Cass’ front door starts at the floor and features an ultra-narrow frame to maximize the amount of natural light in her entryway.