Nothing says welcome like a Charleston entrance.
From the lure of a romantic garden gate to a charming store front laced with local character, Charlestonians just have a knack for creating captivating front exteriors.
Part architecture, part southern charm, part nod to their cosmopolitan history and lifestyle---each and every entry has a unique personality. And an appeal all its own.
Best of all, they're a literal treasure trove of design inspiration if you're looking to restyle your own front entry.
Thinking it's about time your home make an entrance?
Here's how to steal a bit of Charleston style, hospitality and flair... for your front door. Take a look!
*Draw the eye with color, texture & interest Who can resist peering through the iron gates of a gorgeous residential garden courtyard? If you want to encourage passerbys to stop and linger, create an entry that lures their eye with luscious landscape, bold color, irresistible exterior accents and long sight lines.
*Frame architectural features with climbers, shrubs & natural elements
Want to make a favorite architectural feature the star of the show? Steal a tip from Charleston's most established neighborhoods: Surround your home's best assets with the beauty of dark green climbers, pachy or flowering vines.
Here the curved gate and intriguing door crest complement the flow of the balcony's greenery and add interest to this unique exterior.
The climber on this beautiful corner two-story (below) makes the leaded windows and exceptional door surrounds... POP! Street lanterns add an extra element of charm and flavor to this front entrance.
The waxy, dark leaves of this magnificent Magnolia (below) add to the sophistication of this elegant hotel entrance.
*Or justkeep it simpleSometimes less is more. Got great bones? Unique exterior accents? Then great finishing touches and just the right shade of neutral, maybe all you need for a bright, fresh look.
Case in point? This darling store front. Simple. Inviting. And fun! With classic Charleston stucco and eye-catching architectural details and interest, creating a personality-filled entry is a breeze. And of course, the dog bowl seals the deal!
A tone on tone color palette helps your home share the limelight with design details that might otherwise get second billing--- such as this slate threshold below.
Or add big impact with quiet contrast, like the simple blush of color on this classic corner three-story (below) framed by the graceful lines of an old tree and quaint stone sidewalk. The charming lines on this weathered door frame add just the right amount of character and interest.
Whatever your style, adding a touch of extra warmth and welcome makes coming home even more worth while!