Little Details for Creating a Front Entryway

By Rachel Lyon, Direct from the Designers™' Assistant Editorial Director

Your home’s façade is an important part of the overall impression it gives and a well-designed entryway can vastly improve its curb appeal by making it warm and welcoming. Creating a beautiful door area is the first step in making a fantastic entryway and you should look at all the options available to find the perfect match for the rest of your home’s design elements. Here are some of our favorite ways to spruce up your entryway to make it give a great first impression.

The Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection™ arch top door from Therma-Tru looks great on this Mediterranean-style home, beautifully matches the arch of the entryway, and complements the rest of the charming Old World architecture.

Classic-Craft Rustic Collection from Therma-Tru

An Attractive Front Door

It gets a lot of use and is seen by everybody who passes by your house, so your front door serves as both a functional and decorative piece. Make sure it can hold up to expectations by selecting a sturdily-constructed yet finely designed model that you will love to come home to every day. Each of the Classic-Craft® doors from Therma-Tru is carefully designed using fiberglass for durability and energy efficiency, without compromising at all on the kind of craftsmanship homeowners want to see.

To complement a house with European or Southwestern charm, check out the Classic-Craft® Rustic Collection™. These doors are made with AccuGrain® technology to mimic natural materials and traditional workmanship. With a variety of style options including arch and round top doors and numerous glass configurations, you are sure to find the perfect arrangement to fit your home. And while you’re admiring the appearance of authentic wood, you won’t have to worry about the maintenance issues of the genuine article.

If a more elegant door design is what you need, Therma-Tru still has you covered. Doors in the Classic-Craft® Mahogany Collection™ also look like real wood and resist rotting, cracking, and splitting with energy-efficient fiberglass construction. Designed to suit colonial, Victorian, and European-style construction, the Classic-Craft® Mahogany Collection™ adds sophistication and a touch of graceful drama to your entryway.

Give your front entryway a polished look with one of Fypon's® Door Surround Kits. These kits come with a set of matching pilasters and a decorative crosshead. Pictured here is the Craftsman kit, but Fypon® also offers them in Colonial and Empire styles, as well as a different variation in Stone.

Fypon Door Surround Kit

Frame Your Entry

You frame artwork and pictures to bring out the best in them, and you should frame your door to do the same. Selecting the right trim can make all the difference in making your entry look well-planned and especially welcoming. Look at the Door Surround Kits from Fypon® to add the finishing touches to your door. The kits include polyurethane crossheads, pilasters, and keystones. These pieces are durable and come in different styles to suit different houses. Whether you need a classic colonial design or even one that looks like stone, Fypon® has an easy-to-install Door Surround Kit to give your doorway an extra little something.

Railing is a great final touch for your home's entryway. Why not make it a strong and durable one with Fypon® QuickRail™ Synthetic Railing Systems? It is quick and easy to install, never needs to be painted, and virtually maintenance free!

Fypon QuickRail System

Add Some Rails

Railing is a great way to give the front of your house a finished look. A white picket fence highlights a yard, and the same effect can be brought a little closer to home on a porch or landing. Fypon’s® Quickrail™ systems are perfect for lining your entryway, and they can also be installed on stairs. The rigid PVC will not rot, splinter, rust, warp, or chip, and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. You can choose square, colonial, or glass spindles to complement the rest of your home’s design. The kit contains rails, spindles, brackets and a crush block to assemble the rail section. To complete your installation just attach the section to a newel post, porch post or wall.

Same-Day® Stain was used to finish this entryway and make the Therma-Tru® door match the surrounding bricks and stone exterior.

Same-Day Stain

Make It Match

If you love a door or some trim but don’t see the color you want, don’t worry about it. Same-Day® Stain is especially made for Therma-Tru® fiberglass doors and Fypon’s® stainable polyurethane. With this product, you can choose to recolor your entryway to one of seven natural wood tones. Whether you are envisioning a beautiful, dark English Walnut or a ruddy Cherry, there is a stain that you will love.

When you order a staining kit, you will receive your chosen stain as well as topcoat, instructions, and the tools you will need to apply it. Same-Day® Stain is easy to apply yourself, is quick-drying, and resists fading, bleaching, and yellowing, making it the clear choice for your coloring needs. A well-planned front entryway in the perfect shade is just what your house needs to put its best face forward.

Ready to get inspired designing your front entryway? Take a look at the DoorWays™ App from Therma-Tru to get started selecting your ideal door. You can configure your door exactly how you want it and then send all the specs to the Therma-Tru® dealer closest to you for easy ordering. The DoorWays™ App is available in the App StoreSM and Google Play StoreSM.

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