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Curb Appeal: Front Door Ideas for 2022

One of the easiest and simplest ways to update the look of your home while increasing its value is to change up the front door. Updating the doorway’s look can equate to a huge return on investment (ROI). Enhance your curb appeal and get inspired by a selection of these 2022 front door ideas to stand out on the block.   

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Front Door Ideas

Wondering what the front door styles are likely to be in 2022? Here are some front door trends that will freshen up the look of your house.

1. Go Gray

Grey front door

The custom wood door trend took off a couple years ago and has proven to have excellent staying power — and this year, we think we’ll see these beautiful wood doors get a modern update with a gray stain/glaze. The modern feel of various shades of grey or black with blue hues is becoming increasingly popular for front doors. While the traditional natural brown and red finishes are still going strong, the grey trend will continue to grow in popularity over the coming year. Muted greys will add a contemporary look and complement a more modern or transitional interior while still working well with even traditional stone or brick exteriors. 

2. Natural wood stains

Black front door with natural wood accent

Using the beauty of natural wood stains is a look that is always here to stay. People are incorporating outdoor elements by using natural wood stains for the entire door or just as an accent on a few different elements of the door. However, depending on what your current door is made of, incorporating natural wood elements could involve entirely replacing an exterior door. This could become expensive, especially if you begin trying to create custom natural wood elements. If you already have a wood door, 2022 could be the year to try letting its natural beauty shine. And if you’re looking to add a beautiful wood element to an existing door, know you’ll be right on trend, but be ready for a bigger (and perhaps pricier) project.

3. Moody colors

Purple front door

Doors with bright pops of color in teals, orange or red have been around for a while now. But in 2022, we forecast people looking for front door ideas that embrace bold, dark, and moody colors. All it takes is a simple do-it-yourself application of paint to achieve this look, which keeps the cost of this update low. Colors we have seen trending are midnight blues, charcoal, and deep purples that help complement a neutral exterior. The best part? There’s no need to replace the whole door with this trend, and it is the most cost-effective method of giving a quick facelift to the exterior. 

4. Fiberglass and steel

Steel front door

Wood frames are some of the most traditional and time tested materials. However, in 2022 front doors are trending to low maintenance fiberglass and steel. Fiberglass is cheaper than wood, more durable, can be painted over, or can be made to mimic a wood-like appearance. Steel is a stronger and lighter material that is more sustainable and energy-efficient. A smart option for housing in colder climates in 2022 are doors with a steel sheathing with a polycarbonate foam insulation core that requires no extra weather stripping.    

5. Added glass elements

Wood and glass front door

Oversized exterior glass elements have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the last year. This trend creates a bright and open feel allowing in tons of natural light, giving you a full view of the outdoors. While full glass views help modernize the entrance, glass can be a poor energy option as it loses much of its heat and comes with security risks of its own. Look for low emissivity coatings or conductivity ratings or multi-layered glass to help you decide on the highest quality glass in your budget.

6. Custom hardware

Brushed metal doorknob

There is no need to spend a fortune to update the look of your existing doorway. Refresh the look of your home with custom hardware, which can easily be swapped out to make a large impact with minimal cost and effort. The hot front door trend in 2022 is upscale metal accents in brushed metal and champagne bronze for door knockers, knobs, and levers. These could pair well with a simple, updated paint job.    

7. Smart home features

Smart front door

Making sure your home is securely protected is of heightened concern for most homeowners. At the same time, the cost of smart homes has decreased — making smart home technology a 2022 trend that will not only continue growing over the year but will likely eventually become ubiquitous. There are many smart gadgets that will boost the security of your house on the market. If you want to get started, try a smart lock for your front door. You can access and unlock or change the pin code from anywhere in the world. Get added functionality and peace of mind with smart video cameras and alarm devices that are relatively cheap and can be placed near your front door to monitor your entryway at all hours. 

Front Door Impact on Home Value

Because so many features go into determining whether a home is appealing to prospective sellers, it’s hard to say how exactly your new front door will impact your home’s value. This is particularly true if you favor unique designs that are not common to other buyers. However, it is possible to look at national averages to get an understanding of the return on investment associated with front door replacement.

For example, Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report shows that the cost of replacing a wood entry door with steel is an average of $2,082. Similar projects across the U.S. retain a value of $1,353 when it comes time for resale, meaning 65 percent of the cost can be recouped.

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