Jean Allsopp, John O' Hagan
Your front entry is telling people things behind your back. How? Often the first thing noticed by visitors and passers-by, it sets the tone for your home's overall appearance. And if this prominent feature doesn't jibe with the rest of your house--the secret's out. To send folks the right message, here are some well-known entrance styles and their identifying components.
There's good reason why you might picture Scarlett sashaying across this graceful threshold. It's the quintessential Southern doorway, with a full curved transom (also called an elliptical fanlight) that tops the door and flanking sidelights. Instead of square glass panes, the sidelights and transom have intricate mullion patterns known as tracery. Such entryways are common on Federal-style homes.
Works best with: traditional or Colonial-inspired homes with front porches and wide foyers or entry stairs