Does your front door have its knockers? As first impressions go, your front door is pretty crucial to get right. It’s the thing visitors, viewers, passersby and the just plain nosy will focus on when they are eyeing up your abode and wondering about the type of person and character of house that lies beyond.
It’s easy to get right and just as easy to get wrong. But solving the dilemma and creating the perfect portal isn’t always an open and shut case. Variables such as colour, size, and style all contribute to its overall effect, and there’s a bit of science involved to getting just right.
Here are some key things that property and moving maestros Smoove Move have found your door communicates:
The most immediate message your door gives out, and not just about which football team you follow or political party you support. Colour is one of nature’s original communication methods, used to send signals, sometimes subliminal, often direct.
Red is energetic, positive and assertive and suggests strength and power. Yellow is cheerful, sociable and fun and provides a friendly welcome should you wish to offer one. Green is peaceful, serene and comfortable and may be just the colour you need to see after a stressful day. Blue is also a calming colour, and can provide a tranquil mood as it’s the same colour as the sea. Purple is exciting, unpredictable and powerful yet can also convey tension. White communicates innocence, peace and purity. Black, always a popular choice, strong and dignified and can symbolise wealth and power. Brown is down-to-earth, wholesome and comfortable and grey, another popular choice, whispers caution, compromise and neutrality.
According to research from House Beautiful, these were the most popular front door colours for 2017:
However, the shade that will help sell your house is completely dependent on where you live, Country Life reports.
Varnish on bare wood is their tip to complement the natural environment of a rural village. Live by the sea? They recommend choosing a colour that matches the ocean like blue or aqua green. Victorian terraces will always be brightened up by a bold front door. And red brick properties lend themselves to dark blue.
It seems size matters when it comes to doors.
They’re getting bigger and bigger and many homeowners are reportedly swapping their standard doors (typically around six-and-a half feet high) for eight or even nine-foot-tall models to create a really impressive grand entrance. Obviously, this means they get wider too, sometimes up to three-and-a-half feet. So if you want to supersize, make sure you have the room.
Not a problem for the self builders who can make their own rules. They have the luxury of specifying the size of their opening and canny suppliers are now making large, bespoke sizes as well standard heights to cater for their demands.
The rule of thumb with design is to make sure your door is in keeping with your home and surroundings. So, classic four-panelled design will always work in a Victorian terrace. Yet flat, sleek and modern doors look great in modern apartments.
For low-maintenance and higher security, composite is a good choice. These often give the effect of wood with little or no upkeep required but can’t be easily repainted so the colour you choose is the colour it will stay.
Good old fashioned timber usually provides good insulation values and can easily be repainted, but can let water in and will definitely need a new coat of paint every few years.
Door ironmongery; that’s knobs, letter plates and handles; has a big impact, too. Classic doors painted in primary colours look timeless with brass hardware. Whereas chrome can add the perfect finishing touch to pastel shades.
Finally, don’t forget that your front door should also shut out expensive fuel bills: Achieving airtight homes with better U values is becoming more of a priority as homeowners look to improve their carbon footprint and lower their energy bills. UPVC and composite usually win hands down on this front.