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Exterior Design Lessons For Every Homeowner - Part 2: Exterior Design 101 - Doors

November 24th, 2015 | 2 min. read

Exterior Design Lessons For Every Homeowner - Part 2: Exterior Design 101 - Doors

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Doors are one of the first things anyone will notice about your home. They also present great opportunities for you to make the right first impressions, but that is only if you have the right one for your home. Like windows, however, your door of choice should provide the functions you’re looking for. To help you find the right one for you, take note of a door’s functional capabilities alongside the following design considerations:

Style This refers to the design of a door itself. Whether you’re looking at patio or entry doors, always keep in mind that your choice should go well with the kind of architectural style your home employs. Typically, traditional door designs go with traditional home styles and modern doors go with modern homes. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Instead of solely focusing on matching a traditionally designed door with a traditional home style, for instance, focus more on making sure that your door complements the rest of your home’s exterior.

Size In the same way that a door’s design should complement your home’s style, so should their sizes match as well. If you have a large home, for instance, your door should be proportional to it so as not to get dwarfed by your property. Alternatively, you shouldn’t have a very big door when you have a more quaint-sized dwelling. Go with a contractor who offers custom-sized doors and you should not have a problem finding a proper-sized door for your home.

Material How material choice affects windows generally applies as well to doors, in that wood exude unparalleled beauty, metallic finishes greatly complement modern homes and composite material can offer the best of both worlds. Again, whatever material you choose, make sure that it comes in a finish that will work well with your home’s general color scheme.

Siding makes up a huge portion of your home’s exterior. Make sure you cover all the design basics to ensure your siding choice works in your favor by checking out Part 3 of this blog series.