Your front door is a statement-making piece that sets a precedent for what’s behind it. Think of the instantly recognisable black, shiny Georgian door of 10 Downing Street where the Prime Minister resides. As the first aspect people see when they visit your home, your front door says a lot about you, but is it giving off the right impression?
Making sure your door says the right thing about you and your home is especially important for “kerb appeal” if you want to sell it in the future. We’ve got some great tips on how to choose a statement door for your home that will make it stand out for all the right reasons!
First things first, think about the type of property and the style of door it will suit. If you have a Georgian terrace house with original features, then a classic solid wooden doorwould look great. Whereas Edwardian and Victorian properties are best suited to wooden doors with glass-paned features. There are plenty of good modern period replicas or you can opt for a restored original.
Modern houses, tend to fit better with a more contemporary feel for a front door. Matt frosted glass mixed with varnished wood looks great. Or even UPVC doors, which give a modern look and security features in a wide range of styles to suit all tastes.
Next, decide on what colour you want your door to be. As a rule this should be your own choice, but if you live in a conservation area or listed building, you may want to check with your local authority for any restrictions before you get started. A good place for inspiration on colour is to look at other houses in your area to see what you do and don’t like.
Colours that are very on trend at the moment are cornflower and petrol blues, sage greens and dark and dove greys. Naturally you can vary the shades to match your own preferences. Other classic colours that look great on front doors are vibrant or dark reds and royal and navy blue. And if you’re still in doubt then you can’t go wrong with a timeless white or black door!
Whether you are buying a new door or smartening up the old one, you should always remember the fittings to go with it. These will really finish the look and tie it all together. Depending on the style and colour of your door, choosing the right fittings is crucial.
For a traditional look opt for shiny brass door handles and door knockers to make your front door stand out. Whereas brushed steel or chrome handles and house numbers to match give a sleek and modern look.
Every type of material has its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to doors but composite doors are made of more than one type of material which makes them the best choice. Insulated foam, wood, glass reinforced plastic and aluminium are the materials which these type of doors durable and weather resistant.
For plenty of inspiration on front doors check out the ranges at B&Q, Homebase and Wickes with prices starting at as little as £48. If you fancy something more unique and vintage, then visit your local reclamation yard or an antique dealer to find out how to get your hands on an original door and have it restored.
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