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How to Make the Most of Your Garden Door

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Your home looks beautiful not only to impress your guests, but also because you love to be surrounded by beauty in your own home. After all, you'll spend just about every day in your house, so hopefully looking at it pleases you.

When you know how to use them, garden doors add a lot of visual appeal to your home: not only do they make your home's interior more beautiful, but they allow you to turn your backyard into a crucial part of your interior décor. Doors reveal a wider view of your yard than windows, so you can turn your backyard into a natural, exquisite backdrop for your living room or kitchen.

If you'd like to make the most of your garden door, use the tips below to turn this simple entryway into an exquisite accessory.

Beautify and Enhance the Garden Door

Although your yard will add more to your garden door's value than anything else, you shouldn't ignore the physical door itself. It will act as a frame for your garden's beauty, so it should look beautiful too.

1. Choose the right colour for the door and trim.

The door should highlight the garden outside it, not distract from or blend into it. Avoid any green doors or trim, and stay away from bold or bright colours like blue, yellow, red, purple, or orange. Green blends in while the other colours distract.

Neutral colours, on the other hand, create a discernable frame without distracting from the flowers and greenery. Neutral colours include:

  • White
  • Cream
  • Ivory
  • Tan
  • Light brown
  • Dark brown
  • Slate grey
  • Light grey

Although black and dark grey count as neutral colours, they also distract from the garden backdrop because they create a heavy, bold barrier between the door, the wall, and the glass. Try to stick with lighter neutral colours wherever your theme permits.

2. Select a complementary handle colour

Once you've found the right colour for the door and trim, you should select a handle to accompany them. However, the handle has to follow the same rules as the door—it shouldn't completely blend into the door or the garden, but it shouldn't distract from them either.

  • If you have a white, cream, or ivory door, don't choose a white or silver handle. Opt for something darker, but not too dark like black, dark brown, or grey. Choose something in the middle like gold or pewter.
  • If you have a tan, light brown, or light grey door, you can choose pretty much any handle colour. However, you should still stay away from excessively dark colours like black, and you shouldn't make the handle match the door.
  • If you have a darker door, follow the same rules as a lighter door. Don't choose lighter colours like white or silver, but don't choose excessively dark ones either. Choose colours in the middle, like gold or pewter.

3. Frame the door with windows

If you have the time or money for a small renovation, consider adding windows to frame the door. You'll reveal more of your yard and let more natural light into your home, adding to its curb appeal. Consider putting an arched window over the door with rectangular windows on either side.

Create the Perfect Garden Backdrop for Your Garden Door

As previously mentioned, the garden door acts as a sort of picture frame for your garden. But if you don't have a beautiful garden, then your door doesn't have anything to frame, making it no more than a mere entryway.

To create a beautiful garden, follow the steps listed below.

1. Choose a garden style.

Gardens come in two basic styles: orderly and wild. With an orderly garden, you typically plant your flowers and vegetables in straight lines, using boxes, curbing, and other organizational elements to separate the various sections of your yard. These gardens look very clean and cultivated, somewhat like the gardens of Versailles.

Wild gardens take after the Romantic style of locations like Stourhead in Southern England. If you garden in this style, you allow the plants to grow wild as nature intended without neglecting to weed or water.

This style typically includes large, mostly unpruned rosebushes, trees, lilacs, and other large plants. You should only prune to keep the plant healthy, not to keep it small. If you use this style, your backyard will look like a beautiful forest or grotto.

2. Choose plants that add interest.

Fill your yard with different plant textures and colours. Don't stop with lawn and simple flowerbeds filled with only simple petunias. Make sure your yard also includes other kinds of plants as well. Your yard doesn't have to include every type of plant, but it should have at least three of the types on this list:

  • Ground cover
  • Ornamental grasses or herbs
  • Flowers (tall and short)
  • Shrubs/bushes
  • Trees
  • Vines

Make sure that one of the three is a shrub or plant—you need plants of differing heights in addition to differing textures and colours.

3. Add features like ponds or gazebos.

Make your yard truly picturesque by adding interesting features. A pond especially improves the image by reflecting the clouds and stars. Lanterns, gazebos, and other human elements create small breaks in the foliage, making the yard look more welcoming and decorative.

Don't let your garden door go to waste—it can add a lot of curb appeal to your home if you know how to use it correctly. Use these tips to help it reach its full potential as a beautiful accessory for your home, not just another entryway.

To learn more, be sure to check out our blog or contact our helpful staff at Sunrise Windows & Door Depot for more information.

 

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