Sometimes, you can't help but admire a beautifully-designed house. When you walk or drive past and see a home that the children will surely want to inherit or a concept so fully thought out that it provides the best in both form and function, the green-eyed monster tries to take control. Fortunately, you can also be the envy of the neighborhood and express your individuality with unique doors and windows that help your home stand out from every other building on the block. Most people think of painting a door to liven up a home's exterior, and it's certainly effective. It's also just the tip of the iceberg of improvements and customizations you can embark upon to make your mark on the block. Swap out your boring door and frame for one with narrow windows on the side or a decorative window above the door.
If you want to lighten things up, then a fiberglass or frosted-glass door is right up your alley. Whether you want full light or a few beams of sunlight to come through your door, plenty of options are available to you. Nothing is as elegant as a French door leading to your dining room or out to your patio. It shows that you have taste and care about the appearance of your home. Understandably, you're also concerned about safety, and manufacturers have come a long way from ugly barred doors. You can install a steel security door to protect your home, family and pets and all without offending your sense of aesthetics.
You don't have to focus on the door to your home, either. Garage doors can be just as decorative as they are functional. Plus, a long driveway or front walk is the perfect place to install a fence with a stately wrought iron gate. It's not quite a door, but it's the doorway to your yard! Everyone loves a picture window. They're perfect for lighting up a room during the daytime, and if you live in a colder climate, opening up your window to face the sun can even help minimize your heating bills. Consider the other types of windows you like. Do you find yourself frequently wishing you had a window seat in which you could curl up and enjoy a good book? Then a bow window might be the perfect solution for you. It looks attractive from the outside, too. A garden window also projects through your exterior wall to provide a perfect place for you to grow flowers and small plants like herbs.
Once you have picked out your favorite window design, you can move on to shutters. Of course, if you need a functional shutter, you don't need to sacrifice appearance. Always remember to make all of your shutters uniform. You might enjoy a piece of decorative scrollwork in a matching color over the big, bay window at the front of your house. It's all up to you.
Now that you've got ideas for sprucing up your doors and windows, get to work!