Front doors are special - they're the fist interaction people have with your home. They make the first and strongest impression. Pottery and plants have long played an important role in cultivating a personalized entryway. Here’s a little list of things to consider as you search for just the right pot that will say Welcome to My Home! 
  • Pinpoint where you want your pottery to be placed.
  • Then determine how wide or narrow of a pot the space can accommodate. 
  • A pot that’s too big makes the entryway feels cluttered instead of inviting.
  • A practical, safe, easy-to-use entry is most important. 
  • Once you know how wide you can go, imagine what the smallest suitable size is so that you have a range to work within on your search. 
    • Accent pottery for a front door needs to stand up to the scale of the architecture. 
    • Medium to larger pieces tend to make more sense. 
    • Anything under 12” wide will probably get lost due to scale. 
    • Anything over 20” will usually be more appropriate.
    • You can always add smaller accent pieces once a larger focal piece is selected. 

      • Height is more about personal preference or the style of your home's architecture. Tall and formal? Lower and more casual? It’s all about your taste. 
      • But design considerations like sight lines and plant choice help you to get the most out of your purchase. 
      • Very low pots like bowls and minis may be lost, especially if planted and draped in foliage, as people approach your door. 
      • An exception to this rule is raised entryways - if there are steps up to your front door, lower, smaller containers will be in people’s sight lines as they approach your steps. 
      • The higher your entry from ground level, the lower and smaller the pots can be and still provide visual impact. 
      • If you plan to play with a grouping of pots, consider the Rule of 3:
      1. three pots
      2. three sizes
      3. three styles
      • You may choose to adapt this rule by choosing different sizes but sticking to the same style. But it's good to consider variety when creating a grouping of pots because it's organic and welcoming. 
      • Sticking to the same style and size is ideal for a more formal aesthetic . It tends to work best with just two pots framing the entry. 

        Steph Green with Contained Creations recommends using the Rule of Thirds:
        • Divide the height of your door (including the transom if you have one) into thirds. 
        • A planter that's 1/3rd the height is a good starting point. 
        • Any plantings will look great growing up to 2/3rds of the door height. 
        • Leave the top 1/3 open for light fixtures or plain old open space for spatial balance. 


        Here is a PDF for you to download and print for your shoppers. 



        Thank you to Exteriors Outdoor StylingSvendson Studios, Martinson's Garden Works, and Contained Creations for sharing your inspirational work. 



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