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    Designers offer tips on how to make a home’s entrance inviting all year


    In summer, it’s not so hard to make a great first impression at the entrance to your home. Put out a few baskets of colorful flowers and your work is done.

    But early spring? That’s more complicated.

    March can be “the darkest and gloomiest time of year, and it’s easy to kind of have your house go right along with that,” said stylist and crafter Marianne Canada, host of the “HGTV Crafternoon” web series. “We’re not quite ready for putting out Easter eggs or pastel colors,” but many people are craving a dose of cheerful style and color.

    Here, Canada and two other designers – Andrew Howard of Jacksonville, Florida, and Brian Patrick Flynn, designer of the HGTV Dream Home 2016 – offer advice on making a home’s entrance inviting and stylish, no matter the season.

    Bold color

    All three designers suggest painting your front door a bold color that delights you. With little expense and just an afternoon’s effort, you can give your home’s front entrance a major facelift.

    “And if you get sick of a bold or dark color, so what?” Flynn said. “It’s only a quart of paint to recover a super-small surface.”

    For houses with dark brick or siding, he suggests a deep, rich color such as forest green.

    Canada agreed: “My house is almost black,” she said, and the front door is painted a bright teal with white trim.

    Fresh paint also is practical. “Front doors really should be painted every one to two years anyway,” Howard said. “I also love painting doors in a high-gloss finish, or painting the panels one color and the rail and stile another.”

    He also recommends painting the front porch ceiling; Haint blue commonly is used in the South.


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