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Whether people are admiring it from the curb or actually walking through it, your home’s front entrance can be an instant style boost and a reflection of your personality. Fortunately, it’s also one of the quickest home renovations you can do. Here are five suggestions from Better Homes & Gardens for creating a front entryway that packs a punch and leaves a great impression:

Fun with numbers. Although they serve a utilitarian purpose, these days, house numbers are anything but boring. Peruse home decor outlets online, or even your local hardware dealer, for an array of stylish house numbers made from a variety of materials, such as copper, slate, wrought iron and stainless steel. Or, get creative and make a DIY version using stained cedar planks and metal numbers, adding a small planter to one side.

Mind your pathway. Sometimes, the lead-up to your front door is the real show-stopper. Be sure to regularly power-wash your walkway, weeding and re-sanding between stones or bricks when necessary. Repair or replace any chips in cement stairs or landings. And, if you’ve got a large enough front stoop, consider laying down an outdoor area rug as opposed to the usual welcome mat.

Pop with paint. One of the least expensive and fastest ways to improve your front entrance – but also the one with the biggest impact – is to simply paint your front door a bold color. Choose something that contrasts with the color of your home and its trim for maximum effect. And don’t be afraid to be a little daring; paint is easy enough to change if you grow tired of the color.

Invest in something special. Since we’re talking about a relatively small space, your front entryway is a place where you might be able to splurge a little on higher-end design elements. Consider an attractive lantern or wall sconce, an elaborate planter, rich hardware for the door, or artistic tiles embedded into steps or the front stoop.

A welcoming spot. Your front entry instantly becomes more inviting when you add a spot for family and visitors to stop and sit. This can be as simple as a small bench, or try a bistro set or a couple of wicker chairs if you have room. Add a lantern or string lights to complete the scene. 

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