6 Clever Ways to Transform Outdated Front Doors

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They say the eyes are the windows of the soul, and perhaps the same can be said for the exterior doorways into our spaces. Your front door is the portal between the chaotic outside world and the cozy calm of your home, so when your doorway is inviting, it can make all the difference to you and your guests.

Transforming your front door not only refreshes the look of your space — it also increases its value, which is helpful if you plan on selling down the road. Or, if you host an Airbnb, a refreshed doorway can also up the ante, allowing your space stand out to prospective renters. But even if you don’t plan on putting your home on the market, your new doorway will renew your home’s energy, making you feel like you’re living in a space you truly love.

Beyond aesthetics, newer front doors are both more energy-efficient and provide a level of safety your old doors may not (looking at you, hollow, warped, plank-like doors of the ’90s).

Here are some expert-approved ideas for an updated front door:

1. Let the light in.

Some front door upgrades are going to require swapping out your entire front door. Jamie King of JLK Interiors says it’s worth it, though, if you have the means. “While it requires a bit more work, I do like to explore the idea of replacing an old door entirely — if it will change the design of the home dramatically enough,” King tells Hunker. With a brand new front door, you have an opportunity to let lots of light into the home, which can make your space feel instantly more modern.