Take a stroll down any street in your town. Whether it’s a neighborhood in the city, a cul-de-sac or somewhere in rural America, you’ll find doors of all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you have an eye for details, you might also notice just how much a front door defines the facade of buildings and homes.
Deb Cohen is one of the people who took notice, and found herself drawn to the diverse details that doors have to offer. With that, she founded The Front Door Project in the summer of 2014 with the simple goal of motivating herself to get outside and pay more attention to her surroundings. Along the way she has photographed hundreds of front doors and gained thousands of followers.
And while she’s taken the project to the likes of New Orleans, Charleston and beyond, Deb has made her home in West Hartford. It’s where she’s taken most of her photographs and gained inspiration for future endeavors. From blue doors, to historic doors, to doors with grand entrances, their diversity is as great as the people that occupy the spaces behind them. Her work has proven that doors represent a lot more than just a way to get into a house.
We asked Deb to give our readers some advice based on her own extensive knowledge of doors and their impact on curb appeal. Below you’ll find what she learned through her work on The Front Door Project and why she thinks front doors are one of the most appealing and important parts of the home.
Through the lens of The Front Door Project
In your opinion, what does a front door say about a home?
Deb: The front door is the focal point of a home. It shows a bit of the homeowner’s personality and style, and is the first thing someone notices when coming to visit. With the right touches, it makes a home feel warm and welcoming from the start and adds just the right amount of sparkle. There is something so charming about a beautiful front door and entryway that speaks to people.
What advice do you have for someone looking to make changes to their front door?
When it comes to curb appeal as a whole, what do you notice about homes that stand out?
- Home isn’t well maintained – peeling paint, uncut grass, dirty windows
- Home completely lacks personality – think a cookie cutter house with no architectural interest, a plain front door, bland colors, no landscaping or potted plants.
- Home where the exterior is overdone – too much of a good thing. Too many planters, statuary and other accents which serve to distract from each other and take away from the total effect. Other things to keep in mind are spacing and scale. Be sure light fixtures, planters and other accessories fit the scale of your home and are optimally spaced.
Tell us about The Front Door Project and provide any recent news/future plans.
The Front Door Project began a couple of years ago, when I started walking to get some exercise and I decided to look for pleasing doors along the way. I started snapping photos with my iPhone and sharing on Instagram and quickly found a community of fellow door lovers out there! From that simple beginning I became very interested in historic architecture in particular, as well as historic preservation, and decided to start blogging about many of the beautiful places I see so I could share more details.