Let a cheerful paint color loosen up a formal facade. This coral shade peps up a Palladian transom, traditional pediment, and regal door knocker. Break from an otherwise symmetrical look with a single carriage lantern. Paint Color: Pink Mimosa (P180-3); homedepot.com Light: ELK Lighting Grande Isle Sconce, $818; farreys.com Door Knocker: Lion Door Knocker, $118; wayfair.com Container: Acadia Urn, $299; frontgate.com Accent Piece: Hand-Welded House Number, $30; anthropologie.com
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Classic French Door Entry
French doors with a fresh Chippendale spin complement the Colonial home’s English roots. The curved muntins and spherical finials on the parapet play off the founded boxwoods lining the front of the home.
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Play the Blues
Strike a high note on an otherwise toned-down entry with a pop of color. This home has classic craftsmanship, such as fluted pilasters and a starburst transom, but what really shines—other than a cute pup—is the deep blue paneled door with shiny brass accessories. Paint Color: Gentleman's Gray (2062-20); benjaminmoore.com Light: Beacon Hill, $308; 1800lighting.com for retailers Door Knocker: Solid Brass "S" Style Door Knocker, $35.29; houseofantiquehardware.com Container: Cauldron Pot in Blue, $220, available through Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery; 205/328-1000 Accent Piece: Brass Mail Slot, $16.99; amazon.com
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Amp up a traditional home with unexpected sunset hues. Here, fiery red paint energizes an entryway, which exudes elegance with its ornate transom, dentil molding, filigreed pendant light, and wrought iron railing. Paint Color: Tomato Red (2010-10); benjaminmoore.com Light: Square Hanging Pendant Light, from $375; bevolo.com for retailers Doorbell: "Please Ring" Doorbell Button, $18; rejuvenation.com Container: Fiberstone Box, from $215; jaysonhome.com Accent Piece: Heavy Duty Brass Traditional Mail Slot, $99.90; houseofantiquehardware.com
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Green to Envy
Give guests a warm welcome with friendly tones of green, gray, and blue. This grand double-door entry is balanced by its easygoing, leafy hue and simple carving. The weathered patina of the pendant lantern suggests a home that's mellowed over time. Paint Color: Tradd Street Green (DCR090);duron.com Light: Federal Hanging Lantern, $459; shadesoflight.com Door Knob: Estate Knob (5041), from $100; baldwinhardware.com for retailers Container: Blue Ceramic Planter, from $480; scenariohome.com Accent Piece: 4 Inch Solid Brass Number, $2.97; homedepot.com
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Washington D.C.-Inspired Front Door
Inspired by the handsome townhomes of Georgetown, we've put together a look that is traditional and refined.