Your front door is one of the first things people see when they visit your house.

For this week’s blog, we thought we would follow on from the ‘Creating Kerb Appeal’ blog post and focus on front doors specifically. If you feel like the front of your house could do with a re-vamp, then keep reading!  It can make a great first impression.

1) Planning your front door

When it comes to designing your new front door entrance, the choice of style is really up to you. It is common to choose something that complements the existing style of the property, but another option could be ignoring that, and going for a complete contrast. There are many things to consider when choosing a front door such as the physical design, the materials, fixtures and fittings, and so on, so it is important to take time in your decision making and consider all of these things.

2) Making an Entrance

At a time when you’re considering a new front door completely, may be a good time to think about related home improvements. If you don’t have a porch already, these are a great feature to the front of a house. They increase the natural light that enters the house, they can provide better home security, and they also allow more space to store items such as coats and shows which separates your living area from your entrance. Another thing that could be added to your entrance is having pots or hanging baskets of plants/flowers. They automatically transform a space with their life and pops of colour, providing positive energy all year round.

3) Front Door Materials

There is in fact a huge variety of materials to choose from when picking a new front door. The most popular option when it comes to front doors is currently composite doors. They have a high resistance to weathering and will not react to seasonal changes like singular material doors would. Plus they offer remarkable authentic looking wooden finishes which don’t require much maintenance and will never need painting. Solid timber doors are a traditional option, but they don’t provide security and insulation the way composite doors do. You may paint or varnish wooden doors, however their appearance will deteriorate over time, which is something you will need to take into account.

4) Front Door Colours

Material is obviously a very important element, but colour can be considered just as significant. When choosing a colour for your front door, it is important to consider the colour of the brickwork which surrounds the door. If you opt for a pastel coloured door and the brickwork is also pale, the door could appear washed out. Similarly, a bold, bright coloured door next to darker brickwork could create too much contrast. The most popular front door colours are black and white. Understandably, as black and white go with pretty much everything. But why not be brave and go for something a little different?

5) Fixtures and Fittings

Like front door materials and colours, there is also a range of fixtures and fittings you can choose from for your front door, again which can either be complementary or contrasting. Doorbells are obviously very common. An option for a doorbell would be to place it off the door frame which provides a cleaner look. The same for letterboxes. Often they are built into the front door which some people like, but you could also consider having a little post box outside the door. Door handles is also something to think about. A suggestion would be to ask your installer for the nest options as there really are so many options.

We hope this has helped and inspired you for when your time comes to choosing a new front door!

Leila x