They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression and that adage is as true (sometimes painfully) in architecture and design as it is in life. With this in mind, and nest feathering season just around the corner – I’ve gathered a few inspirational doorways that have got that curb appeal thing down pat. Whether it’s a new doormat, set of potted plants, coat of paint or something entirely more ambitious – I hope you all find a little something to pull from for a gorgeous first impression. Above – A dramatic black facade designed by Belgium architecture firm, Oscar V.
This semi enclosed entry creates the feel of an outdoor room with nickel sconces, potted plants and what looks like sisal carpeting. Photo via Lonny.
A retro-glam pink front door and a pair of striking Agave plants mark the entrance to this Palm Springs vacation home. Interior design by Moises Esquenazi and Associates.
Gorgeous purple vines set off a rustic Sardinian facade. Photo via Read’n’Buy.
A double entry brings a touch of old Hollywood style to this Toorak home by Australian designer David Hicks.
Laplace & Co worked closely with a landscape architect to ensure their romantic vision for this 1950s style villa in Palma de Mallorca, Spain was carried through to the home’s exterior.
A pair of modest French doors mark the entrance to this gorgeous Santorini villa. Photo via HomeAway.
A little mustache humor, British-style. Moustache Doormat available through Brickell Collection.
Traditional with a twist – this ivy framed doorway adds a little extra pizzazz with a coat bright turquoise paint. Photo via Shelterness.
Andy Martin Architects designed a series of three arched glass doors to mark the transition from garden to home. So stunning!
The flawless and uber symmetrical entrance to Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA home is paved in gravel and accented in classic touches of navy. Photos via Celebuzz.
Auhaus Architecture used warm wood cladding to mark the entrance to this sweet Australian beach house.
And we close with a beautifully modern take on an art deco awning at Veuve Clicquot’s Hotel du Marc. Originally home to Madame Clicquot, the space has since been renovated by Bruno Moinard. Photo by Mai Linh via AD France.