Now this is how you boost curb appeal. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated May 31, 2019
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Whether you have a country home, a modern farmhouse, or just love the Joanna Gaines-inspired aesthetic, a Dutch door is the perfect way to establish your style before guests even step inside. Common in the Netherlands in the 17th century, these divided front doors were intended to keep farm animals out and children in, while still allowing fresh air and sunlight to filter into the home. Today, most of us don't have to worry about farm animals, but the half door still does the trick, corralling pets and kids inside the house. This quaint home detail is equal parts charming and attention-grabbing, and here's all of the Instagram evidence to prove it.

In a rustic home with lots of white walls and unfinished wooden accents, adding a black Dutch door creates striking contrast. Follow April from Vintage Pickin' to tour the rest of her home and admire her Fixer Upper-influenced decor style.

Designed by interior architect Dylan Serra, this pair of light blue Dutch doors creates a grand entrance to this Orlando home. The panes of glass and transom window above not only look beautiful, but they also allow light to stream inside.

Think a Dutch door can't be modern? Guess again. This black iron door designed by the husband and wife team behind Gather Projects and constructed by Signature Iron Doors proves that this classic design is ready for a modern makeover.

Want even more evidence that you don't need a rustic farmhouse to have a Dutch door? This pale blue beauty fits perfectly on a modern ranch-style home designed by Libby Raab Architecture.

A Dutch door can be used for more than just the front entrance—it's also a pretty and practical addition to a kitchen, where it can let in some air when dinner prep gets heated. The Dutch door by Simpson Door Company is the cherry on top of this gorgeous kitchen built by BROSCO.

The only thing more charming than a Dutch door? How about a pink Dutch door—especially one accompanied by an adorable boxer pup. You can read all the details about this blush stunner over on The Design Shop Interiors blog.

Dutch doors help keep your pets inside the house, while also providing a convenient spot for them to peek outside. Melissa from The Inspired Room painted the door with Blue Note by Benjamin Moore, a deep navy that looks almost black in certain lighting.

This home designed by Brooks & Falotico makes a pretty strong case for the periwinkle front door. The paint color was custom-mixed for the homeowner on-site, but you can find similar purple-based blues at the paint store.

For a door with a simple, rustic aesthetic, follow the lead of Fox Hollow Cottage and ditch the paint in favor of a natural wooden door. Paired with a barn light, wooden barrel planters, and a chalkboard, the front entrance of the cottage reflects the farmhouse style inside.

Dutch doors work on more than just front entrances, consider one for a shed, barn, chicken coop, or the kids' playhouse. Jessica from The Accidental Farmgirl added hook closures to her door to add to its rustic charm.