Im always a fan of framing a front door and making your entrance way look warm and inviting, and a hint of what you expect to see inside. I think the Americans call it Kerb Appeal. Putting symmetrical objects either side of the front door hints of order and structure, but symmetrical is the keyword here, not a pot plant one side and a garden gnome on the other side. Make sure the objects have a good splash of colour.
When the door opens its nice to glimpse through to the interiors within, notice the lighting and the uncluttered view.