First impressions count! Spruce up your front door with five country-style finishing touches

From potted plant displays to trailing trellises, a beautiful front entrance really lifts your spirit – and your guests’ too.

The exterior of your home provides you with an opportunity to make a style statement before guests have even stepped foot through your (beautifully painted) front door. Not sure where to start? Country Homes & Interiors are here to help with five inspirational and affordable design ideas.

Quick and affordable to create, potted plant displays are just the thing
for dressing up doorways and porches – particularly for those with
limited front garden space. Buy ready-made containers from garden
centres or create your own with a mix of favourite blooms.

You don’t need to break the bank to achieve a lovely exterior; little details can make all the difference. For charming country style, frame a front door with a simple wooden trellis entwined with elegant roses. Complete the classic look with a vintage-inspired postbox (£25, Garden Trading) and ensure a warm glow with a white porch light.

Don’t get caught in the rain – build a small open porch extension over your front door. This cute panelled design is painted in a subtle neutral shade, in keeping with the age and look of the rustic stone exterior. It also has a built-in bench perfect for pulling on wellies, while beautiful hanging baskets add an uplifting splash of colour.

A hugely popular English tradition, house naming is an easy way to give
your home instant character and personality. Choose something with
meaning for a happy glow every time you reach your front door; a
favourite flower or animal is a good option, or perhaps a memorable
rural holiday spot. Display it proudly on a beautifully painted front door.

Stay seasonal with a show-stopping wreath hung up on a weathered wooden
door. Icy white florals, fresh mistletoe and rustic pinecones are the
perfect choice for the festive season. A well-stocked log box conjures
up cosy thoughts of a warm, crackling fire. Keep boots on hand for
winter walks with a rustic handmade holder.

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