Nothing has a bigger impact on a front door than fresh paint, which boasts curb appeal and provides protection from the elements. First buff the door with 220-grit sandpaper, and then prime it so that paint adheres better. According to Pat Sandor, a how-to expert at The Home Depot, “a smoother finish, like a semi- or high-gloss, will help prevent moisture from creeping in and forming mildew.”
Add ambience with a hanging lantern or nautical-style sconces. Materials such as unfinished copper or brass look even better with patina, says Gale Singer, president of Circa Lighting. Another tip: Use frosted bulbs for softer light and less glare.
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Play the numbers.
Make sure guests (and mail carriers) can find your home with house numbers that are easily visible and have a coastal vibe.