This Budget-Friendly Decorating Trick Can Instantly Up Your Front Door’s Curb Appeal

published Mar 9, 2023
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Sophie Lopez London House Tour - Living Room

Decorating on or around plain windows or doors can be a bit tricky. Sure, when it comes to windows, you can use window treatments to add a dose of color, pattern, and polish to your casements, but have you ever given much thought to the window panes inside the frames? How about the glass inserts on a front door? During the holiday season, many fun, festive ideas exist for these spots (hello, window clings, wreaths, and candles!), but as for the rest of the year, something unique is a little harder to come by — that is, until I saw this recent house tour.

Enter: Homeowner Sophie’s funky, colorful 980-square-foot Victorian terrace in South London, England, which she shares with her husband, Marco, and their daughter, Misty. “Our home is a mix of modern and very playful, set within a period property — which is an element I love,” she says. Her design style is extremely eclectic, pattern-packed, and full of life, from the recurring eyeball motifs scattered to the plethora of houseplants the family cares for together. Part of what makes their space so collectively special, though, is Sophie’s willingness to sweat the small details and decorate outside of the box. In fact, one of the most unique design ideas in the home just might be the vinyl covering Sophie applied to her front door’s glass inserts and transom.

Originally, Sophie had this vinyl design from the U.K.-based company Get Kooky commissioned to cover her kitchen cabinets. “Since eyes are a strong common theme around the house, I spoke to Lauren, the owner, and asked if they could design me a product with eyes and sent her some inspo pics,” Sophie explains in her house tour. “I first had it printed in pink to cover the open cupboard in the kitchen, but then they dropped a range of clear window vinyl so I added it to my front door.”

This stylish move is the perfect example of how the best ideas can sometimes come from the most unexpected places. Not only does the clear window vinyl establish the fun eyeball motif follow inside the home, but the frosted, printed product also provides a little extra privacy without compromising any of the natural light flowing into the home via its entry. It’s also a stylish, highly personal way to up the home’s curb appeal. Best of all, like other peel-and-stick products, this kind of material can be installed and removed fairly easily, making it a great option for renters or anyone with commitment issues when it comes to their home’s surfaces and finishes. Even though frosted vinyl is ideal for glass to maintain light flow, you could also try some leftover temporary wallpaper for a similar visual effect. Springing for the translucent product won’t set you back a ton, though — the offerings from Get Kooky range from about $30 to $90, and they’re not super-small pieces of vinyl either. 

If you’re looking for one more place to add a little personality and punch to your home, consider your front door’s glass inserts, a transom, or even a window pane in a small bathroom or powder room, for example, where you might want a little bit of coverage without using curtains or textiles. Vinyl peel-and-stick products aren’t just for walls — you just have to find the best product for glass and get creative with the windows and doors around your home.