Doors come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and with every piece of your home, they add significantly to your house's atmosphere. However, no matter what style your door is fashioned with, you may have trouble getting light into your entryway or living room. The solution to this problem? Sidelights. Not only do sidelights offer sunlight to stream into your home, they can add a bit of extra pizzazz to boot.

Sidelights are framed glass panels that are built into either one or both sides of a door, adding both light and curb appeal to any home. Sidelights are typically a grouping of narrow windows about six inches in width, but can sometimes be found just as wide as the door.

Like doors, sidelights come in a diverse selection of styles, colors, and materials. You can add a touch of flair to your home with wood, steel, or fiberglass, and can install sidelights that are frameless, full-glass, half-glass, or three-quarters glass. Similar to windows, they can also be straight-edged or arched with customized or semi-customized grilles that complement the theme of your home.

The glass also comes in a variety of different styles, such as clear, frosted, or textured. Sidelights can also be outfitted with dedicated blinds and curtains to up your home’s privacy. If you’re really looking to increase your house’s exterior curb appeal, go all out with all sorts of customization for your sidelights. Glass can be leaded, stained, or etched with patterns, and grilles can even be matched to the style used in your doors. Caming, which is the metal used in stained and leaded glass, can also be matched to your home’s doorknobs and hinges.

Stained glass sidelights are a great option to enhance curb appeal. As people approach your home, stained glass sidelights will leave a lasting impression on them, especially if it adds to your house’s character. They also provide privacy to your entryway or living room, as it obscures any view into your home without the need for curtains or blinds.

Definitely contemplate installing sidelights to complement your front door. Not only will they add further charm to your home, but—with light—they can also provide life to it, as well.