Inviting Coastal Entries

Make a stylish first impression with our ideas for an elegant entryway.

Color Transformation

Photographer: David Hillegas

Color Transformation

A beautiful front door, like this bright aqua-hued one, can transform the look of your entire home. A unique starfish wreath ties in the coast.

Flowered Entryway

Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn

Flower Power

Tall hedges and bougainvillea frame a traditional wood front door, creating a pretty garden-like entry and adding a pop of color.

Garden Entryway

Photographer: Jonny Valiant

Mediterranean Flavor

Custom black ironwork and a low, lime-washed stone wall make a dramatic entrance to a formal garden at this Spanish-inspired home on the Georgia coast. Clipped boxwood hedges and Meyer lemon trees in aged Italian terra-cotta pots surround a limestone fountain for an added statement.

Country Entryway

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Country Classic

There's no shortage of charm in this cottage-style entry. Beaded board and Dutch doors exude classic beach house comfort.

Front Door Color

Photographer: Peter Murdock

Unexpected Color

A bright door gives added character to this shingle-style home. Painted shrimp pink, this one adds personality and contrasts sharply, drawing attention to the entrance.

Front Door Windows

Photographer: Tria Giovan

New England Chic

A red door with mullioned windowpanes lets additional light into a welcoming entryway. The bright, plaid doormat brings the home’s interior decorating scheme outdoors.

Front Door Window Treatments

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Inspiration from Within

Let your interior decor inspire your outdoor entry. Artistic window dressings on a royal blue front door invites visitors into this textile design studio and echoes the whimsical colors inside.

Entryway Cover

Photographer: Celia Pearson

Dual Purpose

A small overhang with a cedar shake roof adds beauty and function to this entry, providing both an eye-catching element and cover in inclement weather.

Nautical Touch

Photographer: Elizabeth Glasgow

Nautical Touch

Go for a classic color scheme of red, white, and blue for some patriotic flair. Furniture and accessories make a great way to add pops of color. Remember: A little color goes a long way on a front door, so choose wisely. For a sophisticated look, opt for subtle tones.

Double Entry Doors

Photographer: Tria Giovan

Tropical Tone

Add Caribbean character to your outdoor entry with a few fresh coats of turquoise paint for a statement entry. This tropical hue combined with island accents such as a curvaceous metal porch bench makes for a welcoming invitation to paradise.

Double Entry Doors

Photographer: William Waldron

Bold Hue

Lively coral Dutch doors flanked by black-green panels provide bold contrast for a strong style statement. Matching potted plants soften this entryway and lend additional color.

Entryway Decorating

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Curb Appeal

Nature-inspired accessories such as plants and shrubs can add instant appeal to a home’s entrance. Additional accents, such as welcome mats, outdoor lanterns, and teak benches, can amp up the exterior.

Exterior Paint Color

Photographer: J. Savage Gibson

Whimsical Palette

To make your home really stand out, select two analogous colors for the exterior, and a complementary hue for accent doors and shutters. Choose bright, fun colors to remind you of the islands.

Entryway Gates

Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn

Interesting Architecture

Brown shutter-style front gates mimic this home’s sliding plantation shutters and continue the neutral color scheme.

Entryway Storage

Photographer: Philip Clayton-Thompson

Ocean Inspiration

Take a cue from the coast. Paint your front door a sea-inspired shade for an instant upgrade with minimal effort. Hooks and baskets help keep towels, coats, flip-flops, and other essentials from crowding the entryway.

Screen Doors

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Shack Chic

Keep bugs out and still let breezes in with a screen in front of a Dutch-style front door. A porch with light green walls and a dark green floor add subtle contrast to this bright white beach house.

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