There was a murder in our beautiful sleepy little suburb last week! Just awful and my heart goes out to the family and friends of the lovely family this has affected 💟

It got me thinking about security doors and the fact that many home owners won’t have one because of the (usually ugly) aesthetics.

As much as we all want our front doors to make a statement and be a beautiful feature of our homes, the reality is that security is just as important. And while it’s true that security screens can be unsightly, there are options available that can blend in with the style of your home and provide the protection you need without sacrificing on looks.

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First and foremost, it’s important to consider the purpose of a security door. While they may not be the most attractive feature of a home, they serve a vital purpose – to protect you and your family from burglaries and intrusions. Don’t skimp on security just because you don’t want to cover up your beautiful front door. Instead, focus on ways to highlight and showcase your front entrance without relying on the door itself.

For example, you could consider adding a feature wall or a portico above the entrance to add dimension and depth and detract from the door a bit. Or, you could incorporate elements that nod to the era in which your home was built. Another way to add a welcoming feeling is to add plants at the front door. I’m a fan of various oversized pots grouped in 3’s if you have the space. Lighting is also an excellent way to add small pops of interest. Even during the daytime, your light fixtures can make your front entrance look interesting.

When it comes to choosing a security screen, there are options available that can blend in with the style of your home. Rather than choosing a plain, utilitarian screen, look for options that incorporate design elements that match the rest of your home. OR go for a plain screen and play up the surrounding surfaces.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to prioritize security while still finding ways to make your front entrance a welcoming and attractive feature of your home. Don’t waste money on an expensive front door if you’re going to cover it up with a security screen – focus on other ways to highlight your entrance and make it a standout feature of your home.

Jane Eyles-Bennett x