When someone visits your home for the very first time they have already formed an opinion from the moment they walk up your front path toward your front door. Without even thinking about it they have taken in the pathway, the front of the house, the plants, borders if you have them, your hedges and the driveway – in fact every element of outdoor décor has been registered sub consciously in their mind. That’s why your home needs to be treated like the haven it is. Whether you live in a terraced Victorian beauty, an impressive stately period home or an endlessly pretty, honeysuckle cottage your home is your castle and should be treated as such! It’s important that your home should be welcoming from the outside in, so how do you make an entrance that really counts? Bridgman investigates and helps you make some very important entrance decisions!
Pots of ideas!
Every home benefits from cleverly positioned outdoor pots because they automatically create theatrical drama in an otherwise empty space. If your front door step is crying out for some company then consider dressing up your porch area with some stunning pots. There are so many styles, shapes and finishes to choose from. Modern homes lend themselves well to smart, sleek and angular shapes. Tall, graceful front doors will be suitably adorned with equally tall and slender black fibreglass pots featuring topiary or simple green foliage interspersed with white roses or bright pink fuchsia as a suggestion. If you love colour, fibreglass is available in bright shades too and finish can be gloss or matt dependent on your preference.
Size doesn’t matter…
If you have generous space there’s no need to stop at just two pots either side of the front door, alternate the height of your pots with tall and short and blend your plants to match. Short, stout square planters or gently flared taller pots look eye-catching when positioned together or on alternate steps if you have them. Wood lends itself well to modern homes as well as traditional and if you already own some Bridgman Rattan Garden Furniture why not flow this theme to your front entrance with rattan planters too? They work beautifully with Rubella, Clematis or Busy Lizzies.
If the brickwork looks bare, you can add interest with hanging baskets. Keep them neat and tidy for contemporary elegance or if cottage styling is more your forte, richly filled, colourful baskets with tumbling foliage and trailing plants add instant colour and beauty to every entrance. Window baskets don’t have to be restricted to traditional homes or cottages either. If you live in an apartment, these can be a wonderful way of transforming your outdoors and easy to maintain too. The black metal baskets easily clip onto the brickwork with a drill and some fixings and can be lusciously, lavishly filled with seasonal plants and flowers to complement your favourite colours and aromas.
Holidays at home
Terracotta is an old favourite and works in any home because of its versatility. If you want to create some Mediterranean appeal, then the warm, deep tangy orange colour is perfect to emulate balmy Spanish or Italian sunshine. Filled with Marigolds, Geraniums and Petunias they are a welcoming feature on any driveway, front garden or patio.
You can match your pots to your doors. The tapered black glossy pots will co-ordinate well with black wooden front doors and their stylish polished stainless steel door furniture. Likewise, a heavy dark oak or a hardwood door will work well with brown stone pots and if you love colour – there’s no reason why painted and glazed pots in bright blues, golden yellows and lime greens can’t be used outside any door. They instantly add a rainbow display which will brighten up even the dullest of days. White front doors on a modern home look sensational with co-ordinating gently sculpted curved white pots or stainless steel but bear in mind rather like your white front door – you will need to keep these clean so they retain their fresh, crisp appearance.Cottage styles can really go to town with an array of mixed planters and pots – there’s no need to match, mix terracotta with brown stone, grey stone and colourful pots. Go for wooden troughs and fill them with Ferns, Pansies, Cosmos and Rudbekia. Trail Jasmine up the front of your home with trellis and encourage the brickwork to take on a world of its own with Ivy or climbing Roses but remember these plants and flowers will take time to grow; however, May/June is the time to get planting!
Illuminate your porch
It’s not just pots, window boxes and hanging baskets that can add eye-catching excitement to the front of your home, lanterns create a soft glow during the evening, especially twilight. Choose all-weather lanterns that won’t rust and large church candles or twinkling tea lights are exceptionally welcoming and glimmer in the nightlight adding a warm glow around your exterior plants and flowers.
With Bridgman’s suggestions to styling your front door, your home will be the talk of the town…reflecting your personality and style and creating a warm welcome for whoever walks through your door.
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Image 1: Howard Sanderson Gardening
Image 2: Modern Country Style
Image 3: Wymondham Garden Centre
Image 4: M Street
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