Here, John Cullen Lighting gives its top front door lighting ideas to ensure that you create the right impression and improve your kerb appeal.
A lantern either side of the door creates a welcoming effect. Alternatively, you can add a hanging lantern if your self-build has a porch. Whichever solution you choose, for the best effect, these lighting elements are best dimmed and combined with some other concealed architectural lighting features – try adding uplights to the door surrounds or lighting of your steps.
Architectural uplighting and downlighting
In a more contemporary scheme, a good solution is to use a more architectural up/downlight. For a more dramatic look, if you have planting either side of the door, combine this with an element of backlighting which will throw the panting into silhouette.
For a townhouse, adding an element of uplighting around the door will create a welcoming effect – you could also continue this lighting across to your front window too.
For a country house, if you have a porch, add waterspring downlights in the soffit to wash light down the front door. Combine this with an element of uplighting to some planting around your door to create a more interesting look. It is also important to consider how the whole front of the house will look as you drive in.
Dos and don’ts
Remember, light travels a long way at night, especially in the countryside, so do use lighting selectively. Don’t forget that darkness can also be used to great effect to conceal any less attractive areas. And finally, try and avoid security lights which are glary and will wash the space with too much harsh light.