Best Shades of Red for your Front Door

The colour red is symbolic of royalty and majesty, and also love and friendliness. If you’re painting your bespoke front door, you should seriously consider choosing a shade of red as your colour. Painting your day red can make your house seem bold and respectable, and depending on the shade you pick, welcoming and friendly. In this blog article, we’ll look at our top five favourite shades of red to paint your period front door in! We hope this article will help you pick a great colour for your front door.

  1. Umbria Red

If you’re looking for a shade of red that is bold but not overwhelming or ghastly, and adds a positive, homely aspect to the exterior side of your house, then umbria red might be the perfect paint choice for you. If you have a wooden exterior house or white outside, then the pleasant red shade will contrast nicely and add a great aesthetic to your house! Umbria red is a wine colour and reflects royalty, but it won’t overwhelm visitors to your house and isn’t too in your face, like some other shades of red can be. It’s a readily available red paint, but it can get a little costly, so pick wisely.

  1. Tile Red

Instead of Umbria Red, you might want a stronger, richer and more vintage shade of red to paint your front door in. If this sounds like you, Tile Red is a great candidate for your front door. Its benefits are that it has a pleasant appearance and goes very well along with a beautiful garden or natural house exterior, and because it doesn’t contrast so strongly with the outside of your house, it won’t be quite as bold as Umbria Red. We recommend it for any house with a lot of greenery!

  1. Terracotta Red

For front door painters aiming to achieve a more Mediterranean feel for their house, or a shade of red that can compliment an offwhite, slightly orange house exterior, then the Terracotta Red is a fantastic choice. It has a classic and vintage feel, while also being a timeless choice for a front door. It looks especially fabulous in the sunshine and any visitor to your house will feel very welcome upon their arrival!

  1. Heritage Red

If the dimmer colours of red aren’t really for you but you still want that classic feel with a strong, bold aspect, then heritage red is likely to be the perfect shade of red for you. Heritage Red is designed to be a patriotic American colour and as a result it is very popular in the United States as a front door paint. It’s great in the summer months, but also has an appealing aesthetic when autumn and winter roll around.

  1. Chinese Red

Perhaps you want a shade of red that feels very welcoming and dense in culture, a colour that can nicely compliment a vibrant household that incorporates a range of other tones. If so, a bold red like Chinese Red might be a good choice for you. It stands out and is very glossy, and if you’ve ever been to China or really any Asian country, you’ll see how commonly used this shade is over there. It’s a fabulous choice if your home is daring and flashy. We hope this article has helped you pick out a nice shade of red for your front door. Maybe after reading through our favourite tones of red, you have decided that it isn’t the colour for you. Then, you may be interested in our other articles, like this one we wrote about the best blue front door colours.

The Five Best Shades of Blue for Front Doors

So you want to repaint your front door to make the outside of your home look more welcoming and to impress your neighbours. There are a lot of incredible colours you could choose among for your house’s front door to make it look absolutely fabulous. There are shades of red and purple which look undeniably outstanding. But we really love shades of blue, and in this blog post, we’ll show you the best of the best top five blue colours to paint your front door in!

  1. New York State of Mind

This shade of blue is just objectively gorgeous and rich. With the famous New York State of Mind shade of blue, as it is popularly known, you can add a strong and professional atmosphere to the outside of your house. It is an especially good colour if you have lots of visitors and want to portray your house as upper class, but don’t want to go for a wood or black door. The New York State of Mind colour blue is generally recognised as a classic or old school colour, and is very elegant. It is widely used and enjoyed by designers and houseowners. To be specific, the colour code of New York State of Mind is #365574.

  1. Simple Light Blue

There’s nothing better for a plain white house than a classic, light blue door. The light blue shade is timeless, and suits both aged and modern houses. It adds a friendly and welcoming feel to the outside of your house, and highlights how clean your home looks, while shining perfectly in the summer sun and matching the icy snow in the winter months, making it an all year round favourite shade of blue! However, some people argue that light blue looks too childish, so if you’re going for a professional or high class atmosphere, maybe the simple light blue isn’t the right colour shade for you.

  1. Hazy Blue

As the name suggests, the hazy blue shade is perfect if you want to add a warm, cozy feeling to your house. Just like the simple light blue shade, the hazy blue also is perfect all year round and adds a great vibe to your house, even if it is a lot darker. The colour is inspiring but also relaxing, and in the warmer months it is absolutely fantastic if you have a porch and want to sit down in the sun and enjoy your garden. It looks great with a variety of house architecture, and unlike simple light blue, it can go with older houses too.

  1. Royal Blue

Do you want a strong balance between attractive, professional and welcoming without a colour overload? If so, then you’re probably looking for Royal Blue. As an extremely common and well loved front door colour, royal blue makes both the outside and inside of your house look very smart and clean. It is a particularly highly recommended colour if you’re using it in combination with a red brick exterior. Royal Blue is specially good for historic houses or aged but beautiful buildings, and brings out the pride in your house!

  1. Beach Cottage Blue

Dark, proud blues too bold for your house? How about choosing a door colour that is an uplifting, positive and bright shade of blue? Beach cottage blue lightens up your house even on rainy days, and through every season. It is great for families and individuals, and really gives a friendly, happy aspect to the front of your house. We recommend beach cottage blue for bright brick houses, or really any home that is surrounded by a beautiful garden or some greenery. Beach Cottage Blue is a little like baby blue but less in your face, and it is considered a lot less childish by many people. Pick it if you just love life!

Did you enjoy our top five picks of the best shades of blue to paint your front door in? If you’re considering painting your front door in a shade of blue, we have a great collection of fantastic doors available at affordable prices and high standards of high craftsmanship. You can browse our range here, or read more blog posts by scrolling down. Thanks for reading!

Five Beautiful and Trendy Front Door Types

So you’re looking for a way to spruce up your house. And what’s the centrepiece, the most eye-catching part of the outside of your house? We’re willing to bet it’s the front door. Sadly, many people don’t care about their front doors and don’t bother to give them the attention and maintenance they need. In this blog post, we’re going to look at five of our favourite beautiful and trendy door types you should consider if you’re looking to outcompete your neighbours – or if you’re just looking for inspiration.

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Solid Wood Door

An absolute classic. The solid wood door is humble but aesthetically appealing, and will provide your house with almost guaranteed security. An added bonus is that wooden doors are fantastic at holding in heat, as wood is an outstanding insulator – so, if your house needs a little extra warmth during those chilly months, a wooden door might be a good choice for you. It looks fresh and natural, and can be crafted from a variety of types of wood. The downsides of a solid wooden door is that it requires quite a bit of maintenance and upkeep.

Steel Door

Another basic but brilliant choice, the simple steel door is ultra-secure and very strong, protecting your house effectively. Steel doors don’t require so much maintenance as wooden doors as they are damaged less easily, and they’ll be even more insulating as they usually come with an inner insulating layer to keep the warmth inside. However, the disadvantage is that you don’t get that lovely wooden door feel.

Glass Door

If you want your house to have a brighter aesthetic, or if glass matches the colour scheme of your house’s outside, then a glass door is probably a good choice for you! Glass doors let in a fantastic amount of light, keeping your hallway lit up and welcoming to visitors. With a glass door you can customize it in a huge variety of ways, from changing the colour to the tone to the frames, and much more. You can find out more about glass doors here.

Glass Panelled Doors

Want a little bit more privacy than a completely glass front door, but still want to let the sun’s rays into your house? If that sounds like you, maybe a glass panelled door is right for your house. Glass paneled doors have the advantage of better privacy while letting light and warmth in, but insulate the house at night. They have decent security and a nice midpoint in the amount of maintenance and care you’ll have to put in to keep your door in good fashion and looking amazing.

Double Door

Ah, the spacey feel! If you want to show off the size of your house and welcome lots of visitors into your home, then a double door is likely the best pick for you. Double doors are an umbrella term for a wide range of doors, from wide to steel to glass. Of course, they’re a bit more on the pricey side, but you’ll get fantastic insulation, good lighting if you go for glass, and overall just an outstanding feel to your door. Depending on what you choose, the maintenance for your new London front door might be little or lots. Double doors are usually designed to be not so demanding, but most people like caring for their doors so they stay looking amazing. Your neighbours will be jealous!

In Or Out?

Open in or open out? Hinges on the left, latch on the right? The direction your door opens/swings raise more questions than you’d think. We take our doors for granted but when it comes to replacing them, we are forced to consider all sorts of questions and answers that can make us even more confused.

 

Take front doors. Traditionally, Australian doors follow the British model, and open inwards. But why is this?

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For a front door, the convention is that they open into the building simply because it’s not very welcoming to push the door into your visitor’s face – forcing them to retreat – before you’ve even said “Hello!”. Back doors and garden doors, on the other hand, generally open outwards. However, when you look at it from a security point of view, an outward-opening door is more secure than the conventional, making it very difficult for intruders to prize open or force their weight to get the door open.

 

So which is the correct way?

 

At Bespoke Front Door, we favour the conventional in welcoming guests into your home with an outward-opening door, but with top-quality locks for extra security.

 

When you think about it, living in London, in our climate, it’s unlikely that our garden doors and windows are open every day – especially throughout winter months. So, if they were designed to open inwards, we might find ourselves having to rearrange our living space furniture each time we wish to open up.

 

Another argument for having front doors opening inward is that in extreme weather events a build-up of snow outside could trap residents inside their house.

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Double Doors

 

With pairs of doors, there is an additional question: which door should have the handle on it and therefore open first? The majority of humans are right-handed and therefore most pairs have the right-hander opening first and away from you – but, remember, that’s the ‘left-hander’ opening towards you when you’re approaching from the other side.

 

After that, you’d think that deciding the door swing for internal room doors would be easy. Doors off a hallway generally open inwards for the simple practical reason of avoiding blocking the gangway. The only exceptions are doors to walk-in storage cupboards. These generally open out into the hallway and this is seldom a problem since they are kept shut most of the time.

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Public vs Private

 

Add to the confusion the different standards for public buildings, where you’ll find most doors open outwards, which is a safety measure in case a busy building needs to be evacuated quickly. Crowd pressure on an inward-facing door can prevent it from opening at all, so a simple push-out door is the easiest emergency exit.

 

So, with good points on both sides, the debate on inside or outside-opening front doors doesn’t look like being resolved any time soon. However, style and technology have moved on and today these are not your only options. Consider other styles of doors, such as sliding glass doors or extra security when it comes to locks and latches.

Bespoke In: Yellow

You can add instant curb appeal by painting your front door, but yellow may not be your first consideration for a paint colour. However, it’s a fun and happy colour that radiates warmth, cheer, and is inviting to all who visit. Enjoy our favourite picks of yellow door colours to inspire creativity over the upcoming summer months.

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Why Yellow?

Yellow is one of the primary colours that is considered to be a warm and cheery colour, associated with happiness and well-being, as well as peace and strength. It’s easy to see why yellow has become the colour of choice while homeowners have spruced up their home’s entrance over lockdown!

 

“Yellow offers the warmest of welcomes for any front door” – Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux.

 

Yellow is linked to optimism and extraversion. Guests will expect sunny rooms and cheerful decor inside. But be cautious not to splash it everywhere – yellow works great against neutral trims, panelling and brickwork, and even more alluring when couple with some natural greenery and outdoor hanging baskets.

 

Shades We Love

 

  1. Gold Yellow

This shade of yellow is the most luxurious of the bunch, adding a touch of glam to your Bespoke front door facade. We just love how it adds a pop of colour but also keeps your home’s entrance an elegant walkway, to be admired by all guests and passers-by.

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  1. Pastel Yellow

If you’re a fan of the subtle and tasteful shades of yellow, why not opt for a pastel shade? Still being sunny and vibrant, a pastel yellow shade adds a burst of colour to your front facade, without overwhelming your existing style and design.

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  1. Lemon Yellow

For the zesty, fun and creative bunch who plan to brighten up their home’s first impression. Lemon yellow is one of our favourite shades, with the ability to set your house apart from rows of similar properties with an original and eye-catching look.

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  1. Canary Yellow

Subtle and subdued it is not, but a canary yellow front door can give your home a zesty new personality. The zing of this beautiful yellow shade can liven up any tired looking home with a burst of creativity and energy. It’s the perfect choice for coupling with white trims and darker panelling/brickwork.

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  1. Sunshine Yellow

This alluring shade contrasts beautifully with the darker trims and grey walls, adding a pop of character and personality to your home. Everyone loves some sunshine, and when it’s a part of your home, it’s perfect for adding some fun factor and creating a warm welcome for guests and visitors.

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Yellow front doors pair beautifully with houses of various style, shape and period, from quaint small country cottages to contemporary new city builds. So, if you’re considering a refresh on your tired front door, go ahead and try some sunshine.

Accoya® Is The Best Choice For Your Front Door

When choosing what your door should be made of, wood remains a popular choice – with thanks to its versatility, the attractiveness and uniqueness of each piece, and the fact it is generated from a natural source.

 

But strong aesthetics alone is not enough – especially when it comes to a safe and secure front door. Any material used needs to be highly robust, long-lasting and durable. Not to mention the appeal of blocking sound and conserving heat. When it comes down to it, it’s the quality of the wood that counts.

 

That is why we use Accoya®.

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What is Accoya® wood?

 

Accoya® timber is the world’s leading long-life wood. It is a timber that has been modified via a process called ‘acetylation’, which increases its durability, enabling it to resist rot, defy the elements and stay strong and resilient for decades to come – all without affecting its natural appearance.

 

From a sustainability perspective, while other types of durable woods tend to be slower growing species, Accoya® is made using fast-growing, sustainably forested radiata pine. Better yet, nothing is added to the wood that doesn’t naturally occur in it, making it an environmentally-friendly and sustainable timber.

 

And the benefits are endless…

 

Increased Stability

For most wood materials, temperature, humidity and poor weather conditions are all critical factors that can increase the likelihood of swelling and shrinkage, and in turn, can have unwelcome implications. With Accoya®, the risk is reduced by 75% or more, meaning you won’t need to worry about doors rotting, splitting, jamming or letting in drafts.

 

Great Durability

Lasting 50 years above ground, and 25 years in-ground or freshwater, Accoya® has Class 1 durability. This surpasses even teak. It forms an effective barrier to insect attack, being indigestible to microorganisms and insects and therefore more durable to wood-destroying fungi, and is virtually rot-proof.

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Versatility

Accoya® is the perfect choice for doors. The wood is easy to coat as it requires less preparation and sanding that others. Its improved stability also means coatings last up to two times longer, which reduces the need for maintenance.

 

Improved Insulation

In comparison to other commonly used hardwood and softwood species, Accoya® wood offers superior thermal insulation. This provides energy conservation advantages such as when used in applications including window frames as well as front doors – saving you money on your energy bills in the long-run.

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Sustainability

Accoya® is sourced from FSC® and other regionally certified woods, meaning it is a naturally renewable material. It also provides compelling environmental advantages over slow-growing hardwoods and woods treated with toxic chemicals, meaning that Accoya® can be safely reused, recycled and incinerated.

 

When it comes to a new Bespoke front door, a lot of aspects need to be considered: from style, colour, size and hardware. However, one major feature to be mindful of is the material of the door. With Accoya®, you can guarantee an attractive, long-lasting, highly durable and easy-to-maintain door that will last through decades of use. What’s not to love?

Bespoke In: Purple

Whether it’s the sophisticated shade of plum or a light heather or periwinkle shade, purple is one of the most popular growing colour choices for London front doors, especially over warm summer months, representing wealth, honour, royalty and creativity. So, if you’re thinking of brightening up your home’s entrance, here are some of our favourite shades of purple for exterior doors.

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Why Purple?

When it comes to purple, there are hundreds of shades and hues to choose from, especially with so many tone variations. It’s easy to see why it’s such a common and attractive choice to use as a front door colour, making even the most tired-looking exteriors pop with character and style. Not to mention, it makes a quick, easy and cheap update to add a big boost of curb appeal to your home.

 

If you’ve decided to refresh your facade with a purple bespoke front door, you’ll want to pick out a shade that works well with your current exterior style. Follow these tips to choose the shade for your home.

 

Shades We Love

 

  1. Plum

No other colour is quite as striking as a bold and vivid plum, and it captures the eyes of passers-by as they are instantly drawn to your vibrant facade. Not to mention, it looks stunning against any style of home, whether it’s an old traditional build or a more modern design.

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  1. Lilac

A lighter shade of purple with calming undertones, lilac offers a peaceful and tranquil feel to any home exterior. If you’re looking for a sophisticated and luxurious finish to offer timeless style that will be envied by all guests and neighbours, consider the light and delicate tones of lilac.

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  1. Grape

Be the envy of your block or neighbourhood with a bursting pop of colour to your home exterior. Grape is the new obsession, offering a chic and stylish look to any outdoor design. Being a brighter shade of purple, it’s important to consider the existing style of your home, as too many bright colours can instantly clash with a dramatic shade like grape. We recommend classic white trims and neutral brickwork and panels.

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  1. Lavender

The softest shade of purple there is, lavender creates a soothing feeling of peace, tranquillity and bliss. It’s also a great choice for spring and summer, especially coupled with gorgeous natural greenery, potted plants and hanging baskets.

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  1. Orchid

A purple orchid represents royalty, respect, admiration, and dignity. And it’s easy to see why. This bold shade makes a luxurious addition to the main entrance of your home, especially contrasted with white trims, natural greenery and neutral panel work.

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Like what you see? Purple is a luxurious and dramatic colour to work with, but before you take the plunge, imagine your home in all seasons and consider the overall look in the area you live. It’s great to stand out, but worse to look amiss.

Installing Front Door Hardware

Whether it’s time for a brand new Bespoke front door, or just an update by replacing some worn-out hardware, we’ve put together a few handy tips for when it comes to installing a new handle and lock for your door.

As well as looking fresh and clean, adding a new handle and lock system is a great way to boost curb appeal to your home, showcasing the fact it is up-to-date, well-looked after, and also safe and secure.

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To begin, it’s vital to ensure your new handles will be the perfect fit. Firstly, consider the dimensions of the backplates to ensure they’ll cover old existing holes and fixtures. Secondly, check the backset. This is the distance from the edge of the door to the centre of the borehole for the doorknob assembly. Most handles you can purchase are compatible with the two standardized backset dimensions of 2 3/8 or 2 3/4 inches.

1. Installing the Latch

Insert the new latch assembly into the existing borehole in the edge of the front door. Make sure the latch bolt is facing in the correct direction. By this we mean, the curved side of the latch bolt should be facing the strike plate on the jamb as the door is closed. Secure the latch assembly’s faceplate to the door with the screws.

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2. Joining the Handles

Align the exterior handle on the door by inserting the spindle or axle on the handle through the latch cylinder at a 90-degree angle. Then, carefully place the corresponding doorknob or lever on the interior side of the door, fitting the two parts together. It should feel slightly snug when the two parts join.

3. Deadbolts

Fit the latch bolt into the upper cross borehole, making sure the top is facing up. Then, screw the faceplate in to secure. Install the deadbolt mechanisms on the inside and outside, making sure the keyed cylinder part is on the outside of the door. The inside thumb turn should point up when unlocked, and point towards the door jamb when locked.

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4. Installing Strike Plates

Align the strike plate for the handle against the door jamb and attach using a couple of screws. Ensure that the lip of the strike plate is facing the direction in which the door opens out. Next, align the plate for the deadbolt, drill your holes, and install the strike plate to the door jamb with two screws for extra reinforcement.

5. Test

It’s vital to test your new handle and locks work correctly, or there could be danger of your house not being securely locked up if you should go out or lock-up for the night. Do some quick tests by shutting the door and checking to see if the handle sticks or binds. If it does, make sure the latch faceplate is flush with the door edge and doesn’t rub against the strike plate on the jamb. If the latch bolt isn’t properly aligned with the hole in the strike plate, remove the strike plate and use a chisel to extend the mortise in the direction needed to realign the bolt with the hole. Again, screw the plate back on and test the fit.

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Top Tips For Painting Your Front Door

Sometimes, all it takes to fall in love with your home exterior all over again is a simple and inexpensive update – like a brand new coat of paint for your London front door. Whether you opt for a brand new vibrant colour, or just a fresh coat of a classic neutral, a new paint job can transform any tired-looking exterior into a beautifully vibrant facade, with instant curb appeal.

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Better yet, you don’t need an expert or any fancy skills to tackle this fun weekend-project. We’ve outlined some helpful and easy-to-follow steps to help you on your way.

 

What Do I Need?

First things first, decide on your new door colour and have the paint readily available. Once the obvious is out of the way, put aside some painter’s tape, a sponge, a block of sandpaper, paintbrushes and foam rollers, paint primer, and some semi-gloss for the perfect finish.

 

  1. Preparation

In order to achieve the perfect coat, we recommend removing the door and placing it on a table or a pair of sawhorses in the garden, if you can. By doing this, it prevents drips or runny paint marks. It also means you can remove hinges and any other hardware to avoid getting paint in the hinges.

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  1. Cleaning and Sanding

Before starting any serious work, make sure to scrub down the door and remove any dirt or grime with a wet sponge. Then, once dry, lightly sand the surface to remove any build-up. It’s important to make the surface of your door as clean and smooth as possible in order to produce a neat and even paint job.

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Once you have finished sanding, we recommend wiping down with a wet sponge once again to remove any dust. Again, leave the door to dry.

 

  1. Tape

Apply painter’s tape to all the areas of the door you want to avoid, including glass panels, letterboxes, hinges if still attached. This will help to protect those elements when it comes to painting.

 

  1. Prime

Apply the paint primer to your door using a foam roller, gradually working your way from one side of the door to the other. For trickier areas, like in between panel grooves, use a paintbrush. Allow the door to dry completely before painting.

 

  1. Painting

The next step is to start painting! Begin painting by coating the panels before heading on to the mainframe. Then, start to paint any vertical or horizontal panels with a foam roller, ensuring you get every nook and cranny. Allow to dry fully and then apply a second coat for a flawless finish.

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  1. Reinstall

After you’ve applied your paint and gloss, remove the tape and allow the door to dry. Then, you can begin reinstalling your door and attaching all the hardware. All that’s left is to enjoy your new front door colour and decorative accordingly with your personal preferences!

 

Bespoke In: Red

Whether it’s the bold classic of a fire-engine red or a subtly muted pastel, red is one of the most popular colour choices when it comes to front doors. So, if you’re thinking of livening up your home’s entrance, here are some of our favourite shades, and our top tips, on how to source out the best shades for red front doors.

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Why Red?

From scarlet, crimson, burgundy, ruby or even coral, there are hundreds of shades and hues, to choose from, and red is a colour with some seriously dramatic tone variations. It’s easy to see why it’s such a common and attractive choice to use as a front door colour, making even the most tired-looking exteriors pop with character and style. Not to mention, it makes a quick, easy and cheap update to add a big boost of curb appeal to your home.

 

If you’ve decided to refresh your facade with a red  bespoke front door, you’ll want to pick out a shade that works well with your current exterior style. Follow these tips to choose the shade for your home.

 

Shades We Love

 

  1. Candy Apple Red

This bold and vivid shade of red brings some serious curb appeal to many stylish Victorian properties across London, as well as more modern builds. The brightness of the shade boasts a creative look and is the perfect accompaniment to white trims and chrome fittings.

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  1. Cherry Red

A deeper shade of red with richer undertones, Cherry Red offers a vibrant yet moody feel to any home exterior. If you’re looking for a sophisticated and luxurious finish to offer timeless style that will be envied by all guests and neighbours, consider boasting a beautiful cherry red facade.

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  1. Burgundy

This deep and rich tone is an absolute classic, making a sophisticated and stylish transformation both quickly and easily. Bold burgundy shades also make wonderful accompaniments to vivid greenery and brickwork – therefore a superb choice for traditional Victorian properties across the capital.

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  1. Salmon

The latest trend in… pretty much everything. Salmon red/pink is a refreshing and unique shade that will complement any property style beautifully. It’s also a great choice for summertime, especially when paired with natural greenery, foliage, hanging baskets, and summer wreaths.

 

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  1. Pastel Reds

Last but not least, if you’re a fan of the more muted and subtle shades, why not opt for a pastel red? With just a delicate hue of colour, a lovely rust red or darkened coral-esque shade can make a great contrast with lighter brickwork and panelling, especially when complemented with clean white trims.

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Like what you see? Red is a fabulous and easy colour to work with, but before you take the plunge, imagine your home in all seasons and consider the overall look in the area you live. It’s great to stand out, but worse to look amiss.