How do i improve my entry?


Please help me decide how to improve the front of my small ranch. I am at a loss trying to match colors and all.

q how do i improve my entry
  21 answers
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 01, 2021

    I think that the brown brick dates the house in a negative way.

    My suggestion is to paint the brick an updated color such as grey.

    After the brick is painted, see how the present color of shutters and door look. You may be content with the maroon, or you may want to repaint them also.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 01, 2021

    The house number is not prominent and is hard to read.

    I would advise to get new more trendy style house numbers and mount them on the wall to the right of the door.

  • Rebecca Stauffer Rebecca Stauffer on Aug 01, 2021

    german schmear would look awesomeicon

  • Sissy Sissy on Aug 01, 2021

    I would take out the plants and put in a paver patio . you can get some used patio chairs and repaint them a bright cheery color . Go to goodwill or salvation army stores . A nice bright pot to go with the chairs in a contrasting color with thriller plants and spillers plants . All you need is 2 chairs and a small table like a bistro set .Get rid of the screen door I know they keep bugs out but that 1 is ugly . I would also reverse the inside door to swing the other way towards the wall . if you can afford it a new door maybe and a nice light fixture . Is that really your front door . Go to thrift stores as light fixtures can be painted real easy these days . I think I would put the house numbers over the garage doors where they are more visible and maybe some nice led landscaping lights

  • Think about a contrasting color for your door and shutters - blue or green? I would also plant some colorful bushes and add new pots with flowers.

  • Would definitely agree with planting some bushes. It will really look good on your place.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 01, 2021

    My first impression is that is sure a unusual place for a door and steps.

    That being said, I would brick up the door, remove the steps and paint the house with a paint color you like to blend everything in. If you want to keep the steps you could use them to decorate with different tiers. I would not put down pavers in front of the windows, the area is too narrow (from the picture) for a table and chairs with the view of the garage and driveway.

    I don't know what is behind the door or where it leads to. There is probably a door in the garage into the house that does the same thing as your door outside the garage. If no door in the garage to the house, I would put 1 in. You could glam up that entrance.

    Another thought would be to bring in a contractor and get free estimates of what can be done with that corner set up where the doors meet the garage wall. They may have some practical ideas.

    Colors: gray with black trim.

    Best to you and hope I did not hurt your feelings, if I did I am truly sorry.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 03, 2021

      Yes, I agree that it would look odd without a recognizable front door. If you may be thinking about filling it in, I am wondering if you have considered removing it and installing a double door or installing a vertical window beside the door instead? As these ideas to improve the front entrance area to the home would involve advanced construction techniques, I don't know how much of an option they may be for you; just a thought.

  • Annie Annie on Aug 01, 2021

    You have a lovely looking home. I think it’s just tired of the same stuff.

    I have some ideas you may or may not want to try.

    1. Remove the shutters completely
    2. Replace the shutters with two large window box planters.
    3. Depending on your taste, you could paint the garage door and front door a beautiful black. This will make colours from plants or chairs and tables pop because of the backdrop of black.
    4. The pot on the front step could be painted black also.
    5. if you choose to keep the screen door i think it should be black also. That way it still allows the front entrance door to make a statement without adding another colour (silver tone) to distract from the door area. It will blend.
    6. you may consider eliminating the items and plants from the rock area. You could add a long seating bench with sturdy base to sit on the rocks or legs to wiggle into the stones so it’s not wobbly.
    7. I would trim the shrub to the left of the garage so it’s rounded and more dramatic not so willowy.
    8. most of our younger people have not been taught cursive writing in school so the address becomes outdated. Perhaps a number or a plaque with a number could be put under the light if it faces the street or above the garage door if it faces the street.

    Just some of my ideas. Maybe not your taste but hopefully inspiring you to take a chance with a whole new look.


  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 01, 2021

    You could remove the storm door and paint the front door a brighter or more vivid color and use a color in the same color family on your shutters (they don't have to completely match). Add some window box planters and clean up the landscape in the front

  • Check online for images of front entries that have brick, hopefully you’ll find some inspiring ideas. Looks like you need some height variation with plants. A window box would help. You could paint the brick only in the area of the door, paint the door a contrasting color or even black.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 01, 2021

    I saw Maine Cabin Master make customizeable shutters. So cute! Shutters are a great way to add character and a pop of color. Make them reflect your personality.

    Here are some basic ideas:

    Perhaps large white numbers directly under your porch light indicating your address.

    Paint your front door a brighter color to draw the eye to it.

    A new screen or storm door would look nice. I like the ones that are glass with a screen at the top. That still allows fresh air in but keeps the bugs out and it especially nice if you have pets that claw at the door.

    Sorry but I can't over the odd placement of the front door. Guess I am just a little odd about that.

  • Mor51890415 Mor51890415 on Aug 01, 2021

    Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. I boght the house for the great locations but always struggled with the lack of curb appeal.

    Have fun everyone and thanks again from the bottom of my heart♥️

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Aug 01, 2021

    I would add a window box beneath the window in the photo. You can also Paint your front door a lighter or brighter color. I would find more of a "statement" light fixture and a nice large pot where the small one is with a large plant in it.

  • Jen Jen on Aug 01, 2021

    A flag of your choosing under the light or a sign of your familys last name or outside metal shelves to put big colorful plants or decor

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 01, 2021

    Hello, I would move to a different shade of the reds (if you like them) or a shade you like say blue or gray. That will liven up the entry, and maybe a new bright screen door. I would also paint the pots in the flower bed, you could also line the edge of the flower bed with pavers the same shade of the paint you pick

  • Pennski22 Pennski22 on Aug 02, 2021

    I would expand your front steps, possibly rounded so you have more room to enter your house. Possibly use the red brick to add more colour to your entrance. Add some beautiful planters on the edge of it with tall grasses that make a statement.

    Nix the old screen door if not that important.

    Replace your front door with a glass panel to lighten up the entrance. Bring all of this out to the edge of the garage door.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 02, 2021

    Hello Morena,

    Add a trellis to the side of the door on he wall or a large pot with a tall conifer etc. or maybe a Few Poles to the side of the step up to under the soffit or add a full Porch. I think I would also paint the garage door to match in with your front door and shutters too.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 02, 2021

    Hi Morena: First off let me say I know why you have a screen door. I have one too, but it needs a little updating. Mine is painted the same color of my door, which is Maroon. I think you should add on to the porch. Get some cinder blocks for those plants on your porch and move the plants. Then you will have an area to put a bench. Above the bench put some house numbers. Do not paint your brick that is a nightmare and where I live reduces the value of your home. Put some larger bushes in your beds and some colorful plants.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 02, 2021

    Go with brightly colored planters like turquoise or patterned. Hang a "home" or "welcome" sign to the right of the door.