These little decorating swaps instantly create a grand entrance.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated September 20, 2018
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If the decor style inside your home is traditional, make the front door match the interior. A delicate wheat wreath makes the front door glow, as the wooden lantern adds a decorative touch. Whichever style suits your home, don't forget to add a sturdy doormat for wiping shoes before crossing the threshold—your interior carpets and rug will thank you. To buy: Golden wheat wreath, $98; shopterrain.com; Morbylanga bench, $199, ikea.com; Smith & Hawken Outdoor Lantern, from $35, target.com; Large Metal Basket, $16, michaels.com; Tall Cement Planter, $60, homedepot.com; Sondrup Doormat, $8, ikea.com
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If you want to boost your home's curb appeal (and wow your guests), the easiest trick is simply to spruce up your front door. To show you how tiny swaps are all it takes to make your front door reflect your personal style, we tested out four front door cover options for our October 2018 issue. Whether your personal style is more modern, farmhouse, boho, or classic, we've created a front entrance to match. Get inspired by all four options below, then order a couple details—a delicate wreath or a pretty lantern. And voila, your front door is ready to greet fall.

To buy (shown in all the styles below): Masonite Six-Panel Unfinished Fir Front Door Slab, $189, Behr Premium Plus Exterior Paint in Calligraphy (on door) and Flowing Breeze (on house), and Home Decorators Collection Outdoor Sconce, $50; homedepot.com. Baldwin Reserve Entry Door Handleset, $263; lowes.com.

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If the decor style inside your home is traditional, make the front door match the interior. A delicate wheat wreath makes the front door glow, as the wooden lantern adds a decorative touch. Whichever style suits your home, don't forget to add a sturdy doormat for wiping shoes before crossing the threshold—your interior carpets and rug will thank you. 

To buy: Golden wheat wreath, $98; shopterrain.com; Morbylanga bench, $199, ikea.com; Smith & Hawken Outdoor Lantern, from $35, target.com; Large Metal Basket, $16, michaels.com; Tall Cement Planter, $60, homedepot.com; Sondrup Doormat, $8, ikea.com

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Love the look of Joanna Gaines's signature style on Fixer Upper? Then this front door is for you. A vintage-chic iron planter adds aged charm, while the wooden bench provides a spot to take off your boots before heading inside. 

To buy: Ring Handle Iron Planter, from $128, shopterrain.com; Sondrup Doormat, $8, ikea.com; Smith & Hawken Outdoor Lantern, from $35, target.com; Morbylanga bench, $199, ikea.com

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If your personal style is modern, turn to sleek forms in trendy materials, like the large concrete planter shown here. A couple larger pieces—the planter and the bench—help ground the space, creating a more dramatic entrance. Plus, everyone who visits is going to ask you where you found those trendy metal lanterns. 

To buy: Industriell Bench, $229, ikea.com; Tall Cement Planter, $60, homedepot.com; Harrison Lantern, $28, shop.magnolia.com; Trampa Doormat, $5; ikea.com

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For a front entrance with some laid-back bohemian flair, add a vintage-inspired metal planter and a curving rattan side table. A wooden outdoor lantern and woven rug make the doorstep feel homey, even before guests step inside. 

To buy: Metal Peyton Barrel Planter, $90, worldmarket.com; Jewel Round Side Table, $70, target.com; Smith & Hawken Outdoor Lantern, from $35, target.com; Kaleidoscope Woven Rug, $34, urbanoutfitters.com