Our front door is kind of unique as it’s very large and has a tiny little door in the middle. It’s actually one of my son’s favorite things in the house, that tiny door. Today I am sharing stained arched front door Summer decorating tips. You can use these tips for any sized door, I just struggled with this project as the door didn’t look great with a wreath and up until we moved here, a wreath was my “go-to” door decorating item. The front door stain is called Cognac by Varathane.
Here is the door before.
The door has beautiful stone work that surrounds the entrance and I love the unique European style. There are not many homes in New England that look like they belong in Italy so when we bought this house, it was a challenge to figure out how to decorate it. I decided to introduce some greenery (the large Fern plant) and a mix of colorful annuals.
Here is the after.
The stained arched door is so unique and I really love the decorative bars on the side lights. I am not sure if that’s a European thing or not but it’s really cool! Mixing in a variety of red flowering annuals helped give the space a pop of color.
Stained Arched Front Door Summer Decorating Tips
I recently shared this space and offered some planter decorating tips of on the Design Happy Blog at HomeGoods so if you are looking for planter inspiration, head over and check out the planter post.
The stained door offers a rich lush look and coordinates nicely with the cream colored stucco on the house and stone. I am thinking about adding a window box to the iron veranda? What do you think? I feel like it would add a nice pop of color and look nice as you look out the french doors.
Here is a picture of the house before.
The shrubs are blooming, although I do not know what they are called but I really love the pops of color against the house. In the fall, I need to trim them back a bit and remove some of the shrubs that the winter destroyed. I wasn’t sure if they were dead yet but some of them don’t seem to be perking up.
If you have any suggestions of a late Spring / Summer shrub that would bloom all Summer and look good in the front of our house, let me know.
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Is your front door painted or stained? I have always had a painted front door before so having stain is all new to me. In fact, I am planing to touch up this front door soon and am not sure if I need to do anything special before I re-stain it? I am also on a mission to find some pretty flowers that I can cut all summer long (shrubs) to put in vases. I do love peonies but I don’t think they will look very good in the front of the house. I found a spot on the side of the house though that I think will be perfect. I love Hydrangeas so that is an option too.