When it comes to curb appeal, you could do a lot worse than following the advice of John Gidding. The host of HGTV’s (the apt name) Curb Apple is known for its ability to make a home look more attractive – from your front door – to your railing and mailbox. So if you’re wondering “what adds the most curb appeal,” we recommend starting with John’s advice.
Throughout his career, John has inevitably come across a plethora of front-door ideas – including ones you should avoid. Therefore, in its exclusive with H&G, we had to ask – what’s the biggest front door mistake you can make? His answer will elevate your home’s curb appeal instantly.
The biggest front door mistake you can make – according to John Gidding
‘The biggest mistake people make is not making their front door stand out because it’s a missed opportunity,’ begins John. ‘[Your front door] does more than just make a facade exciting or invite people to the entrance. What it does is activate how excited you are about your house. By making the front door very visible and very attractive from the street, you have almost created the best possible scenario for a good first impression.’
Failing to explore new front door color ideas is the biggest mistake when it comes to improving your curb appeal. But where should you begin the transformation process?
“I always tell homeowners to focus on the process of getting from the sidewalk to the front door to find the things they should improve,” says John. ‘What do you see and what do you touch when you walk from the pavement to the front door? These are the first five things you should improve.’
Conventionally, these first five things are your front gate, path, mailbox, house numbers and your front door. ‘Most people just leave their front door so drab green or black that it comes in and that’s really a missed opportunity.’
What color should you paint your front door?
John Gidding urges you to elevate your front yard landscaping ideas by changing the first five things you see—including your front door. But which shades does he prefer? The answer according to Masonite (opens in new tab) curb appeal designer, is personal.
‘Unlike the rest of the facade, which should really be based on the identity of the architecture and less on trends, the door can follow color trends, if there is a tone that is really in this season, feel free to paint your door in that color,’ he says.
If it feels risky to paint your front door in a bold, trendy color, the designer emphasizes that your choice can be quickly reversed. “If it doesn’t work with your facade or your plantings, or you actually don’t love that color, you can always repaint it,” he says.
Plus, the process doesn’t stop with your chosen shades. John Gidding encourages you to add decorative touches like a wreath or other fixture you can change throughout the season.
“Also, matching metal finishes are a great way to show you have a design eye,” he explains. ‘If your door, for example, has matt black fittings, you can also have a light fitting next to the door. It’s almost like the jewelry of the house, when the metal cladding suggests that you have a design sensibility about you.’