With Spring starting to arrive here at my home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, I thought I'd share with you a few of the Dutch doors I like best, a top tip on how to keep the insects out, and curate some beautiful quality #DoorstepDecor items you might want to buy for your own homes this Spring!
From a practical perspective, Dutch doors are a perfect solution if you have small children and pets as it keeps them safe inside, while allowing a fresh breeze to infuse your home with the wonderful smell of your garden in bloom.
My very favorite image of a Dutch door is the one shown in the opening image and in a close up view, below. Most often we see the classic *modern farmhouse* Dutch door style with the X on the lower door, but by using flat panels on the doors, as shown below, they take on a tailored, more modern appearance I love.
One of the questions I'm most frequently asked about dutch doors by my interior design clients is: "How do I protect my home against insects and debris, if I leave the top half open?" The answer to that is with a retractable mesh screen or a custom made mesh screen, as shown in the image below.
TIP: Phantom Screens is a great resource for retractable mesh screens that can be painted any color, and trimmed with many types of wood and various types of mesh.
The next image shows you double Dutch doors in the traditional X modern farmhouse style, surrounded by beautifully executed classical architectural moulding. (By the way, if you missed my post on moulding mistakes, see it here).
Some purists might not like this combination, and, although I would have painted the outlet covers the same color as the walls and specified all of the hardware - including the hinges - in the same finish, I think it works thanks to the addition of the classic grey and white marble checkerboard flooring that ties the styles together.
However, because there are different styles of Dutch doors, as you're seeing from the images I'm showing you here, you will want to think carefully, if you're a homeowner reading my post, about the panel and glass pane combination (those glass panes are know in industry lingo as *lites*) you select so your dutch door blends beautifully with both the exterior and interior architectural style of your home.
This is where hiring a professional interior designer to help you make that type of decision might be a wise investment, if you feel overwhelmed by the choices and don't want to make an expensive mistake.
I thought it would be fun to show you a very similar Dutch door style (it might even be the same one, I'm not sure) as the one above, but in a completely different context. This one is painted in Benjamin Moore's Peppermint Pink and is the front door of the vacation home of interior designer Bailey Quin McCarthy.
I really like the symmetry here of the two bevelled glass panes on either side of the Dutch door, the two outdoor hanging wall lanterns and the two clay planters flanking the custom door mat.
And now, are you ready to go shopping for some spring #doorstepdecor for your own homes, including beautiful outdoor lighting?
BUT...BEFORE I TAKE YOU SHOPPING FOR OUTDOOR WALL LIGHTING, SOMETHING TO CONSIDER...
Please look carefully at how much space is on either side of your outdoor electrical outlet to insure that what you buy will fit, and double check that the proportions will look right and be in scale with your door and the other elements of your front entrance. If you need some help figuring this out, please feel free to contact me for an *over the phone* professional design consultation, here.
Also, although there are less expensive outdoor wall lights than the ones you will see below, I have curated the best quality outdoor wall lights here for you, from design oriented manufacturers, so you can be assured if you buy one of these from me on the numbered links below the image, it will be beautiful, it will last and it won't look or feel cheap when you receive it.
Now for the really fun doorstep decor, all appropriate for outdoor usage. I've curated two groupings for you so you can easily see the detail in each image.
Everything here will be of the quality I recommend for my own interior design clients, and I have my eye on the door mat in the first image for my own home!
If you only need a Dutch door, and you want to design your own, here is a family owned company in Northern New York I recommend. They hand build solid wood Dutch doors in any style.
Lastly, I leave you with this image.
To me, nothing says, *Welcome To My Home* better than a kid friendly, pet friendly painted Dutch door with a custom doormat that says, "Come As You Are " and buckets of fresh herbs and flowers in bloom!
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