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 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 be more appropriate depending on the situation. 
    • You can always add smaller accent pieces once a larger focal piece is selected. 

      • Height here is more about personal preference. Tall and formal? Lower and more casual? It’s all about your vibe. 
      • But design considerations like sight lines and plant choice help yout 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 sightlines 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 remember the Rule of 3: three pots, three sizes, three styles. 
      • You may decide to choose different sizes but stick to the same style, but it’s good to consider all of these elements when grouping because variety tends to be inviting. 
      • With groupings of 2-3 pots, choosing different sizes provides an organic sense of variety that is attractive.

      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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