The entrance is like the long-neglected cousin of your house. As you bustle in and out of your home, you’ll barely notice that your pot plants are withering, your door is looking increasingly tatty and the mat you wipe your feet on resembles a chewed up dog toy.
But every glimpse of this increasingly haggard door front will grind you down.
Just imagine having a hard day at work and getting to the downtrodden front of your house. Those scratch marks on your door could be the last straw. It’s time to lend that front door some pep.
So, what can you do?
Ditch that drab door
Few people expect a door that fills them with glee – but it’s no use if yours makes you miserable. Chipped and faded, you might think that ragged hunk of wood was ready for the skip. But it can still be salvaged.
Instead of buying an expensive new door, why not grab some varnish and slather it on your frame. After a few coats, it’ll look brand new. Just make sure to take the door off its hinges and bring it inside first – you don’t want the rain to start during a coating.
Mix and mats
That old worn out mat is barely taking the muck from your feet. While it’s served you well in its own way, those bristles ain’t bristlin’ and that mat has had its day.
So, what should you purchase as a replacement?
For our money, a selection of dirt trapper mats are guaranteed to take the mud from your feet and last as long as you’re still living in your home.
More than this, place a second mat just behind your door. There, you can leave your mucky boots and avoid traipsing grime through your home.
Have you ever seen a picture of a country house and fallen in love with its entrance? Thatched fences covered in creeping ivy, a flower-swathed path teeming with colours, scents and fluttering butterflies.
Well, while you probably won’t be able to mimic that very big house in the county, you can add some flower to your entrance to give it a boost.
Attach some wall brackets to your doorframe and place some hanging plants on either side. They’ll be easy to maintain and will give you the perfect smell as you enter your home.
And if you want the calming flutter of butterflies around your entrance, place some ace nectar in your hanging plants. They’ll come flocking.
Just be sure you don’t overload your entrance with greenery – no one wants to have to machete their way through a rainforest just to sit in their living room.