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Dear Debbie: We will be selling our house in the fall and want to give it some added curb appeal. Would there be much work and expense involved in putting in a new front door? I was thinking of adding side glass panels, not sure if this is a mistake.

Dear Debbie: We will be selling our house in the fall and want to give it some added curb appeal. Would there be much work and expense involved in putting in a new front door? I was thinking of adding side glass panels, not sure if this is a mistake. I'd appreciate any ideas.

Frieda

Dear Frieda: Replacing your entry door is a great idea. It will not only transform the exterior of your home, but also your front hall. Any rooms that open onto the hall will reap the benefit of a new design, and if you add glass panels, more light.

There's lots to consider, and you will find a wide choice of style and colour. Entrance doors come in wood, fibreglass and steel. Wood is a traditional favourite with authentic designs to match your architectural style, whether Victorian, Colonial or Craftsman. The new fibreglass or steel doors look like wood but require little maintenance and are more weatherresistant and durable. They're also more budget-friendly.

The entrance shown in the photo is from Pella. The six-panel fibreglass door has a wood-grain finish. The side panels and transom frame the entry with the artful detail of decorative glass. There are various designs available that provide either partial or full privacy, while allowing light to shine through. Glass inserts or metal fretwork can be installed as part of the door as well.

Since you are thinking about adding panels, or a wider door, the original entry opening will have to be enlarged. Ask a professional contractor what this will entail in materials and labour.

A 36-inch wide door will add more room to manoeuvre, whether you are carrying a baby, a bag of groceries or need extra space for a wheelchair or walker. That's a big bonus and one more important element to consider.

Dear Debbie: We recently replaced our bedroom windows with low-e glass. The warm beige we love on the walls now has a lime yellow tint. I've tried testers of different beiges and also gone darker than we wanted, but they all look greenish. Is there any way to get a warm beige shade that will go with our new caramel brown carpet? We also want to pick out a duvet and drapes.

Cindy

Dear Cindy: This is a challenge. We don't really think about how the window glass we choose will affect our interior colour choices.

Clear glass filters out very little of the visible colour spectrum, causing little to no distortion in the colours of our interiors.

Low-e coatings reduce heat transfer through windows by limiting the amount of radiant energy they emit. However, not all low-e glass is the same. Some filter out a substantial portion of red and/or blue light. This is what is causing your problem.

The lighter the paint colour, the more distortion you will see as light colours are better reflectors. I don't see beige working here. Instead move in the opposite direction and choose a deep cornflower blue. This stunning shade will complement your caramel carpet. Bedrooms are night rooms, which will help to some extent. You can pull the drapes and enjoy a softer, artificial light.

But again, with all the energyconscious changes in light-bulb production, be aware of the effect these lights have on your walls and furnishings.

Debbie Travis's House to Home column is produced by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Email your questions to house2home@debbietravis.com. Follow Debbie on Twitter at twitter.com/debbie_travis, and visit Debbie's website, debbietravis.com.

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