A front door also reflects the personality of a home and the family who lives there. The style is one element of your home's design, so it should compliment and enhance the overall look and feel. Style can be casual, traditional, formal or artistically reflect influences from around the world.
You've been thinking about a new entry door since you bought your house. You saw a door you like. You love your old house, but the front door detracts from its curb appeal. You wish you could bring more sunlight into your entryway.
The first step to selecting a door is to decide what you want from a new door. Requirements to consider when purchasing a new door include the style of the door, use of glass and surrounding trim, materials and energy efficiency, security, brand and budget.
When picking a front door, view your house from the street. What is the first thing you see? Do you see the door, a well designed home or a beautiful home within a landscaped setting. When you want your front door to be the focal point, you need to choose a door style with supporting glass accents, door trim, light fixtures and shrubs to create an entry door that captures the eye. If the door plays a supporting role to more intricate landscaping, you might select a simpler door style to play a role within the larger image you're creating. What is important is viewing (and selecting) your new door framed the way you want others to see it.
The following doors illustrate how simple details add interest. You can upgrade from a glassless door style, to a door style with glass grids or select from hundreds of glass designs (on the side and/or above the door) to create a unique look and feel. The following doors (Smooth-Star doors from Therma-tru) illustrate how simple details add interest.