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6 Front Door Trends We Love

by Frank Taglienti

6 Front Door Trends We Love

 

Your front door is the gateway to your home and should reflect your personal style and add to your home's overall curb appeal. It is an architectural element and a great way to add fun and appealing decorating elements. The design of the front door has gone beyond being a utilitarian entrance to being a statement. Your choice of door and how you enhance the space around it are a great way to set your house apart .

Here are some of the latest and greatest design trends in front doors.

  1. Bigger is better. Larger doors and double doors are very popular and not only are dramatic but can be very practical for moving large items in and out of the home. Doors that incorporate windows or decorative glass are very popular, especially if they include period elements like stained or beveled glass. Doors are also using higher quality materials and the latest in construction technology to provide strength and insulation.
  1. Bold colors. A door painted in a bright pop of color against the more neutral background of a home's construction has become the latest trend in outdoor décor. These bright and bold accent shades draw the eye and provide a great deal of visual appeal. Depending on where you are in the country, consider colors like red, yellow and orange in the Southwest and Southeast, or bright primary colors in the Northeast and Midwest.
  1. Rustic, reclaimed materials. Doors are being made out of a variety of materials including architectural salvage items from older homes, churches and public buildings. Incorporating these vintage pieces adds a surprising and interesting element to any home's entryway. Recently there has been a trend in using barn doors to make a rustic statement in many homes.
  1. Bright and light. Light up your entrance with hanging lanterns, outdoor-safe chandeliers or wall-mounted sconces that reflect the architectural period of your home to make your door a safe and inviting entryway.
  1. Well-chosen hardware. Choosing coordinated hardware is another way to tie together the elements of your front door and add a final polish to the look. Quirky or elegant door knockers, letter plates, kick plates, vintage door bells and house numbers are all ways to add personality to the entry. Wrought iron, bright brass, oil-rubbed bronze and silver are all trending right now.
  1. Incorporate plants and landscaping. An entranceway doesn't begin and end with the front door. The walkway, the steps and the area just in front of the doorway are all part of the welcoming experience. Dramatic planters with bright flowers or topiaries that accent the color scheme of the door and the house provide another element of visual appeal. Reclaimed items such as galvanized tubs or barrels are very popular right now as well as reproduction pieces of classic styles.

Whether you're looking to sell your home or simply want to spruce up the entrance, these are great tips that will keep your home looking fresh and inviting.

The 5 Home Tech Apps That Save Time and Money

by Frank Taglienti

The 5 Home Tech Apps That Save Time and Money

 

The age of the smart home is upon us, and tech tools abound that make it easier for homeowners to conserve energy, improve safety and security, and manage their household systems efficiently. As we approach a new year, be on the lookout for these home technology apps and products that can literally change your life!

Conserve Energy the High-Tech Way

Controlling your home lighting using smart home technology can cut energy consumption and save you money. It's also convenient: the Nubryte home safety and lighting console monitors energy use, provides weather updates, and let you control your home systems remotely. It's simple to schedule and personalize lighting throughout the house, communicate via intercom, and operate the built-in security system.

Smart thermostats are another way to control your energy costs and increase the comfort level at home. The Ecobee thermostat operates via WiFi, and the mobile app lets you monitor and control your home's climate from any location.

Stay Safe with Invisible Guardians

Smart technology offers products to enhance home security, and one slick product is the Nest-Cam. This security camera features 2-way audio, crisp streaming video, night vision, motion alerts and more. It also integrates with other smart home gadgets. The mobile app provides alerts instantly no matter where you are. You can view the live stream or use the talk option to communicate with anyone near the camera.

Avoid Smoke and Carbon Monoxide -- Wirelessly

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have come a long way, and the best products now combine the two. The product from Nest does that, and it will also send you a text message when a problem comes up or the battery's low.

Keep Your Home Dry with Text Alerts

An undetected water leak can cause thousands in damage and also create health hazards. WallyHome's sensor can monitor your home 24/7, and the related app allows you to set up text alerts and lets you know what the temperature and humidity are in your sensor locations.

Cook Dinners the WiFi Way

What could be better than walking into your home after a long day to be greeted by the aroma of your favorite dish? Remote cooking is now a thing, and products like WiFi-enabled slow cookers let you monitor your meal from work, ensuring a home-cooked meal that's ready when you are. And if you're running late, being able to shut off the cooker with your phone is a major boon.

Whatever your level of tech expertise, there are smart home apps and products that can work for you. They're increasingly compatible, affordable and mobile-friendly. I look for this type of product to become more and more common in American homes, and these examples are just a start. Whether you're looking for enhanced peace of mind and security or a moister pot roast, the smart home tech industry has got your back.

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Frank Taglienti
Berkshire Hathaway PenFed REALTORS®
565 Benfield Road, Suite 100
Severna Park MD 21146
410-440-0824