The front door is a portal into a private world, and it should be imposing, yet inviting. The door is an element of architecture that draws the eye, anchoring the design, elevating curb appeal, and alternately welcoming guests and barring access as needed. Elaborate or unobtrusive, it makes a strong statement about what lies within. Old stone doorways, colorful beat up panels and arched entryways make poetic paintings as they hint of the stories that breathe life into houses. Wall art based on dramatic door designs captures unexpected whimsy, happy homes or the brooding nature of houses that have witnessed too many sad stories through the generations.