Front door lighting

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The Finishing Touch That Sets the Tone
Outdoor lights with dark finishes, like bronze, are particularly popular right now, as well as frosted or textured glass, says Michael Murphy, design and trends producer for Lamps Plus. He recommends finding a fixture that's one-third the size of the door, or 32 inches tall (the average door tends to be 96 inches). Many companies' websites feature printable PDF templates of their lights, which you can tape to the door to get a sense of its size. When in doubt, go one size up, he says, since most people go too small.