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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Don’t be fooled!!!

Use company with 1st class Accoya timber.

We often get asked why our doors can be more expensive when compared to other companies and brands. And in order to answer this question, we decided to do some research into other products available on the market. Simply, at Bespoke Front Door, we use 1st Class Accoya, which typically has twice the value of a 2nd Class Accoya – which is the most commonly used material for other companies to offer better price. By using 1st Class Accoya, we can ensure a higher quality and longer-lasting door that withstands the test of time, throughout even the poorest weather conditions. By investing in 1st Class Accoya, you are saving money in the long-run, without the need for constant maintenance or replacement after just a few years, which is common for cheaper materials such as 2nd Class Accoya timber or MDF panels. Our priority will always be in using the best quality timber to provide the highest quality doors for our customers.

Please have a look at below pictures to compare wood quality.

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Thank you for your support and understanding,

Bespoke Front Door LTD

Complementing Traditional Period Door Features Part 2 – Our Services

If you live in a period home, it’s likely that you flaunt a traditional period front door to match – and there’s no better way to maintain and respect the elegance of your home’s architectural charm. If your period front door is an original, chances are it isn’t as secure as doors you see around the block today.

In part two, we’ll look at how you can upgrade your existing door with some modern-day features and still keep the authentic character within your home.

Choosing the Perfect Door Colour

There’s no limit to the colour possibilities available to us today, so when it comes to painting your new period door, you might find yourself overwhelmed by choice. However, it’s always a good idea to revert to tradition. Historically, black and red were popular choices for Georgian front doors, while grey is more common for more contemporary front doors.

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It’s important to decide on a paint colour that perfectly suits both your home and your own personal taste. Consider the exterior of your home and the colours you want to highlight and enhance. Is it the tiling on the porch, or the colourful stained glass panels? Maybe you want to turn the focus to some of the greenery around your Edwardian home, in which case, elegant matt shades could be appropriate such as blacks, navy blues or greys.

Our team of designers can aid in choosing the right colour for your door, showcasing our range of shades and palettes. Then, during the construction of your door, our professional craftsmen will paint the perfect seamless coating, making for long-lasting protection from the elements as well as a true enhancement of style.

Deciding on Door Furniture

If you’ve figured out the style and the colour of your new front-door-to-be, you’ll also want to consider new door furniture, including handles, letterboxes, knockers, door numbers and more. Our expert designers are available to help and advise as to what style would best suit your new period front door. Modern doors look great with polished chrome or nickel accessories, whereas Georgian properties look an absolute masterpiece with burnished or polished brass, especially with more intricate detailing.

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Considering Glazing

From Georgian homes to the 1930s, to even contemporary doors produced today, bespoke doors often boast some form of glazing, whether it’s in the door itself or from a fanlight/sidelight. Thinking back over a hundred years, we must remember that electric lighting wasn’t prevalent in homes until the 20th century, so natural daylight was an absolute must for dark hallways and corridors.

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With our bespoke services, you can choose from a range of beautifully stained glass designs, whether you’re looking for simple and elegant, or something more authentic and intricate. When it comes to incorporating modern features, our team can advise on options for strengthened and frosted glass that enhances both security and privacy for your home, as well as enhancing existing characteristics like surrounding windows, shapes and other detailing.

Get in touch to discuss a free no-obligation visit at a time that’s convenient for you. You’ll be able to see first-hand the many design options available, providing you with plenty of design possibilities to inspire your front door project.

 

Bespoke In: Blue

Your front door is an opportunity to show off your personality, and if you’re looking to enhance curb appeal as well as your own personal creative tastes, it could be something as simple as a new coat of paint. And, when it comes to picking out a new colour for your bespoke front door, blue is a timeless shade and a classic that works in harmony with any property type – the perfect style for all year round.

With blue comes a huge variety of shades to choose from navy blue, pastel blues, duck egg blue and more classic blues like this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year. Finding the perfect shade is just a matter of deciding on the kind of mood you want to create.

And, when it comes to creating a mood, different shades have a knack for enhancing different vibes. Did you know that the colour blue is often associated with calmness, intelligence and peace? Of course, different shades have different qualities. If you mean to create a serene and friendly feel, then light earthy powdered blues are a popular choice. If it’s a grounded, prosperous and strong look you want to achieve, then navy and classic blues are the ones for you.

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Navy Blue

Navy is a strong choice for Georgian and Victorian properties, being a shade of colour that never goes out of style. It has a way of producing a striking and powerful mood, especially when combined with stylish chrome door furniture and elegant glazing. With a navy blue, you can really create a sophisticated look to be envied by your neighbours.

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Cornflower Blue

Lively and creative, cornflower blue is a refreshing choice for your front door and works beautifully of classic four-panel and six-panel doors, adding an unexpected but stylish burst of colour. Powder blues have a way of making a home feel inviting and welcoming, and looks amazing alongside pristine white stone façades and black and white tiling, giving them an instant lift. Enhance the character even further with warm polished brass door furniture.

Calm and Collected

Contemporary homes with a linear flat frontage or classic Victorian terraces look superb with pastel shades for a front door colour. It’s a perfect choice for those who are colour shy or prefer a more subtle look. More serene shades of blue like duck egg or baby blue can really lift the characteristics of your home with a fresh and friendly look. These colours look amazing combined with chrome door furniture alongside some opaque glazing or sidelights.

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Painted by Hand

Once you have decided on your colour, all of our bespoke front doors are hand-painted by professionals to help you make the perfect first impression for your home. We truly believe that the perfectly finished door makes a home, offering timeless style for years to come.

Get in touch for a free no-obligation visit at a time that’s convenient for you. We can talk you through your options and provide you with plenty of case studies and past projects to inspire.

Save Energy With Your New Front Door

There’s no better way to add value to your home than enhancing curb appeal and saving money on both energy bills and home insurance with a new front door. By improving the overall look, as well as insulation and security features, you could make 2020 the time to get your money’s worth on your home, whether it’s a new buy and you’re improving your home for the long-run, or you’re planning on selling up and moving on.

Find out more about how our bespoke front door services could help you save energy and money on your home.

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Why Does Insulation Matter?

During the summer months, insulation might be the least of your worries. But, with the latest destruction brought around by the likes of Storm Dennis, the start of 2020 brings a serious chill – and it’s even more unpleasant if your home isn’t properly insulated. A new front door can dramatically reduce the amount of energy lost, especially if it’s been made-to-measure.

At Bespoke Front Door, we make it a priority to take precise measurements of your doorway before the design concept begins. Better insulation will improve your energy rating and save you money by keeping the heat in and the thermostat down.

Why We Use Accoya®

We use Accoya® for our front doors because it’s not only sustainable but also reliable, hardwearing and maintains it’s impeccable style throughout years of use and harsh weather conditions. Because of its durable properties, it’s an immensely popular choice that is favoured by architects all over the world when considering timber wood for outdoor use.

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The Ideal Glazing

From more traditional stained glass to more modern looks, our bespoke glazing provides your new front door with character and authenticity. It’s also super practical too, as with strengthened glass comes additional security for your home.

As well as safety enhancement, opaque and frosted glass options are great for allowing natural light in your home, especially in and around London where city homes where sunlight can be limited, and there’s an extra need for warmth and noise reduction.

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One Of A Kind

Our front doors are not a high-street buy. Bespoke Front Door offers a bespoke service where every project varies from another. We appreciate that no two homes are the same, so why make the same door? Whether you require a non-standard size or thickness, an authentic Georgian or Victorian style, an Edwardian or mid-century style, or you’re looking for something more modern and contemporary, we have a range of ideas to choose from.

Our services make it easy to adjust to your own unique specifications, with the required door furniture, state-of-the-art security details and paint colour. The bespoke nature and exclusive quality of our front doors are what makes each of them one of a kind.

Get in touch for a free, no-obligation design visit at a time that’s convenient for you. You’ll be able to see first-hand what we’ve done for other homes, and discover the many design options available, giving you inspiration and the confidence to see what’s possible.

New Year, New Projects!!! Reasons to Replace Your Front Door For 2020

Some doors close, others open, and many of us go the extra mile and decide to buy a brand new one! But hey, it’s not only a new year but also a new decade, making it the perfect time for fresh starts and brand new projects!

Here are six inspiring reasons you should consider a new front door in 2020.

1. First Impressions

Maybe you’re not quite finished with your festive partying, or perhaps family and friends are still in town and planning a visit. What better warm welcome is there than a brand new door to enhance the main entrance?

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2. Curb Appeal

For those homeowners who are itching for a new start this year and planning to sell up, it’s been said that a stylish and well-kept front door adds thousands to your overall retail value.

As reported in the Daily Mail just a few months ago, John Kingston, of online estate agents Yopa, said: ‘First impressions count when it comes to selling your home. Make sure you have a freshly painted front door and any glass in it is clean’.

It’s seriously a move to consider if you’re making reservations with the property ladder.

3. Cut Those Energy Bills

With a new year comes a very chilly January, so why not get ahead of the game and replace your front door with something more thermally efficient. Our made-to-measure bespoke front doors are the perfect fit to eliminate draughts and block out the cold.

4. Reduce The Maintenance

If your current Victorian front door requires some effort to maintain, either through endless coats of paint or regular finishing, why not make your life a little easier over the next several years?

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Our Accoya doors maintain quality and hold colour twice as long as other tropical hardwoods, making them not only a cost-effective choice, but also a life-saver for time-efficiency.

5. Going Green?

If you’ve been promising some eco-friendly changes, why not use the new year as the perfect opportunity to make them?

As mentioned previously, our doors are made from Accoya wood – a non-toxic and 100% recyclable wood, comprised sustainable sources including FSC, PEFCTM and other regionally certified woods. Not only that, the entire manufacturing process is non-toxic in which nothing is added to the wood that does not already naturally occur in it.

Therefore, not only does Accoya wood protect the environment from the harmful effects of common treatments during its life, but it can also be safely reused, recycled and incinerated when no longer required.

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6. Bliss

If you live in a busy area, near main roads, close to attractions, or next door to noisy neighbours, you may be considering making some structural changes to your home. Did you know, a solid, double-glazed front door is a great way to keep out the noise?

Create some bliss for you and the family this year with some peace, quiet, extra security, and last but not least, style.

5 Reasons to Replace Your Door This Winter

After a long day at the office, we rush through the door, kick our boots off, remove the woollies, and we cosy up to enjoy the remainder of our evening. Having just passed through, the door is the last thing on our mind, and we often find ourselves pushing these jobs aside for another time – especially with the busy festive period!

What you might not know, however, is that the winter period is the perfect time to think about your home exteriors. Here are five reasons to replace your Victorian front door this wintertime.

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1. Warmer Homes

If your new London front door project is long overdue, don’t put it off any longer. A new front door could be key to keeping your house warm and toasty through the winter months.

No matter how powerful your heater may be, or the size of your roaring fire, an old door with bad insulation will let all the cold air creep inside your house. Not to mention, decent insulation could keep those heating bills at bay!

2. A Better Fit

Even though old doors could be the root of poor insulation, the same situation could occur with a brand new door – especially if you installed it over the summer. Did you know, during high temperatures, the framework of your entire house can expand? This means, once the temperate drops and your house constricts, you may find gaps around the framework of your door, resulting in cold draughts and a hefty gas bill!

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3. Extra Security

Unfortunately, over the busy Christmas period, break-ins and burglaries are more common. In fact, last year Halifax reported a 35% increase in claims for forced burglaries during the darker months, compared with summertime figures. And not only that, it has been reported that a massive 74% of burglars actually enter the home via the front door.

This is usually due to the darker nights, increased motive with expensive Christmas gifts, or even for shelter from the cold.

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But, with a strong and sturdy new front door, it can act as a deterrent for intruders, preventing the likelihood of a break-in. There’s no better price to pay for the extra security for your home, and that all-needed peace of mind.

4. Cost-Effective

Another great advantage of winter door replacement is the likelihood of a good bargain! There is less demand for door installations over the winter period, putting you on a shorter waiting list with the probability of a decent discount. From Black Friday sales to holiday promotions, if you’re working from a budget, it could be the perfect time to tick this project off your list.

5. Visual Appeal

As well as being one less thing to do during the summer months, a winter front door installation also has its practicality and visual appeal. It’s the one time of the year you go all-out with exterior decor, whether it’s Christmas wreaths or hanging fairy lights.

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Wouldn’t you agree that a brand new door to match would be the ultimate finishing touch to your outdoor winter wonderland?

It’s the perfect time to get creative, and make a smart investment for your home. Plus, doing so now will mean your home will look great in time for summer!

The Fusion of Old and New

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Grandiosity was the theme of the 19th century, with the Victorian era making history in the innovation of British architecture. It’s safe to say that a statement was made in terms of style, layout and practical features of Victorian properties, all being instantly recognisable today. And, still celebrated of course – even by modern homeowners with the most contemporary of styles.

Technically, a property is only recognised as Victorian if it was built between the late 1830s to the early 1900s. Despite this, you still the classic and timeless design of Victorian-inspired homes up and down the country. From rich Victorian brickwork, gables, bay windows and most of all, Victorian front doors. In fact, it’s still one of the most common front door styles used today.

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Typically, a Victorian door features ornate two-by-two panelling, elaborately carved with an imposing architrave. They also feature brass work and brightly coloured glass panels. This allowed plenty of light into those long narrow hallways but also offered a sense of privacy too.

It’s easy to see that not only are Victorian-era doors beautiful, but they also carry the bonus of modern security and stability, having been constructed from solid hardwood. This makes for a long-lasting and cost-effective choice in the long run, suggesting Victorian doors are the perfect ratio of style and price.

You’ll often find interior designers and general home-owners similarly turning to Edwardian style doors as opposed to Victorian. Although inspired by characteristics of panels and glasswork, Edwardian style doors made their debut a little later, flaunting six panels in total with an extra two at the top, usually with glass installed. Although slightly different in style, both eras are robust and sturdy in appearance, best suited for those looking to give their homes a timeless impression.

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Today, you find homeowners turning to Victorian or Edwardian doors to maintain their property’s traditional aesthetic, but you also find modern homeowners jumping on the bandwagon too. You may not think it but the style looks just as wonderful complementing contemporary homes, especially for homeowners looking to add a touch of classic style and elegance to their home exterior. It’s a stunning trend in which the old is fused with new.

With antique and vintage styles being very much in vogue, it’s an easy and popular choice to take on such a classic and timeless look, whether you’re looking to restore your period property or update the overall style of your home.

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Although the style remains very much the same, modern-day trends are paving the way for a more bright and bold era. Did you know the 19th century looks amazing in colour? Popular choices include vibrant primary colours of red, blue and yellow.

It’s mind-blowing to see how a coat of paint can give a piece of history a new lease on life. And, when you think of the little effort involved, it really is a no-brainer.

Shop our range of bespoke doors, inspired by the Victorian/Edwardian era.