The entrance to your home is of paramount importance if you want to make an immediate and lasting impression. It’s your chance to make a bold visual statement and welcome friends, family members, and strangers alike.
While the front door itself is going to be a major part of that impression, front door sidelights could be an elegant solution to making an even greater impression by framing your front door.
What exactly are sidelights?
We’re not talking about actual lighting here (although lighting can provide an extra flourish to your sidelights if you so desire),
but glazing placed either side of your doorway to complement and frame it and bring more light into the front of the home.
Installing sidelights to the front of your property could have the following benefits:
Natural light – Windows are the chief route through which natural light gets into our home and floods it with that organically aesthetically pleasing glow.
By pairing sidelights with a door that is also glazed, you’ll provide the maximum amount of light which will help bring your hallway to life.
Curb appeal – There is a definite aesthetic draw to homes with sidelights and they will give your front door a luxurious edge that your neighbours might lack.
Given the current aggressive state of the real estate market, it’s vital that homeowners put all they can into making their homes stand out and this affordably and unobtrusively to do just that.
Bringing the outside in – More than mere decorations, sidelights are windows too, remember.
They can let you see who is at your door before answering it and can even offer a little taste of the outdoors, particularly exciting if you live in the throws of nature.
Choosing the right sidelights for your door
There are a few things you might want to take into consideration when deciding on the sidelights for your property, including the following:-
Colour me impressed – Always ensure that the colour of the sidelights matches or at least complements the colour of the door.
There are few things more off-putting than a sidelight and door combination that simply don’t look right together.
One or two – This is going to depend on how much space you have available. It’s more common to have two sidelights flanking the front door, but your doorway might only have enough room for one.
Take into account how adding the sidelights will affect how your door opens and ensure the entryway is clear.
Decorative or clear – There are hundreds of design options to consider based on everything from the ratio of frame to glazing to the lengths of the windows.
However, the actual glazing itself can also be as decorative or as plain as you desire. Obscured or decorative glass might be the best option if you value your privacy, for example.
Generally speaking, sidelights are ideal for homes with larger entryways that, when installed and used smartly, can completely transform how people perceive your home.
There’s something undeniably stately about them that has helped sidelights to become one of the most in-demand upgrades for homeowners across the country.
And with more of us spending more time at home these days, there’s never been a better time to give the gateway to your home the ultimate luxury upgrade.