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.

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.

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.

 

Does Your Home Show Your True Colours?

With a brand new year (and decade!), you might be considering a transition in look and style. And maybe, that starts with your period front door.

According to Brie Dyas (House Beautiful, 2015), ‘Your door is a portal to your personality, not just your house.’

We agree! We thought it might be fun to delve into the world of colours and break down the meaning behind the paint job – particularly useful if you’re struggling to find inspiration for your palette this year, or if you’re looking to convey a different message. It’s a new year, new you!

Blue

Being one of the most popular door colours of 2019, it’s intriguing to know the overall feel and meaning behind the colour. A blue front door suggests a form of zen behind the scenes, with the homeowner having successfully produced a place of refuge, serenity and relaxation.

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Red

Unlike blue, red offers a more powerful and bold impact. Immediately your eyes turn to the door and creates a lively and energetic feel. Red is also known as the ‘colour of passion’, so perhaps it’s the perfect style for more passionate homeowners with a bit of quirk in their step.

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Green

Green is another popular colour, gradually popping up across London and other major UK cities. Psychologically, green produces an overall feeling of harmony, good health and a sense of tranquillity in the home.

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Yellow

People with yellow front doors are thought to be genuine rays of sunshine, for obvious reasons. Being a bolder and brighter colour, yellow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. However, homeowners with yellow doors are thought to be the happiest and most welcoming hosts. If you’re looking to create an enjoyable atmosphere and make guests feel immediately comfortable and at home, why not consider it?

Black

Black is an absolute classic when it comes to london front door colours, communicating a sense of sophistication and elegance. It also exhibits power, strength, sophistication and authority, indicating to passers-by that the home is under the ownership of someone with substance and assuredness. It’s no coincidence that some of the most famous doors in London are painted black. For example, 10 Downing Street!

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Brown

Natural and traditional, a brown door indicates a sense of warmth, stability and reliability. If you’re looking to create a cosy ‘Honey, I’m home’ look, why not consider the more natural and organic, whether you opt for more natural lighter wood, or prefer a darker stained wood to create an edgier and rustic appearance.

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When it comes to new front door colours, the possibilities are endless. It’s quite likely that the colour you have selected for your front door exhibits the way you want people to look at your house, because it’s a way of making them understand just what the place is all about! But, if you’re ready for a change, or want to create a different feel about your home, a good idea would be to consider some much-loved TLC when it comes to your front door.

 

Black Doors: Classic, Stylish, Timeless

They say you ‘can’t go wrong with a little black dress’, and it seems to be the same attitude for doors! Kind of.

With the new year comes plenty of change, and many of our clients are on the verge of ‘back to black’. And why wouldn’t they? Black is a classic and sophisticated style for any front door, offering increased curb appeal and practicality.

Let’s explore some of the overall benefits and bonuses of a black door, as well as some of the most famous and iconic doors in London today.

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Why Black?

Often, the colour of your new London front door will be dependent on many factors from the material you choose, the style of your property and the colour of the properties of other features. However, with black, everything ties in perfectly. In fact, Ideal Home research showed black front doors ranked 4th on their list of the ‘most popular colours’, and it’s easy to see why.

Black doors are especially popular on Georgian townhouses as they offer a traditional and timeless look. They also portray power and authority.

Famous Black Doors

One of the most famous doors of all time is, of course, 10 Downing Street, where the current Prime Minister resides and works.

The black paint, amongst the dark brick on the exterior of the house has become iconic for its traditional appearance and has remained black in colour since 1916 – when Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith no longer served the country and the door was painted black instead of green. Today, the door is coated in a high-gloss paint to keep it shiny all year round – and to keep it looking its best for the cameras and constant tourists!

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The door also features other classic decor, including a black iron knocker in the shape of a lion’s head, a replica of the letterbox which was destroyed in 1991, and a doorman on the inside to always be available to open it because the door cannot be opened from the outside.

Another would be the residence of our favourite fictional pipe-smoking detective Sherlock Holmes. The fictional home is located at 221B Baker Street, which today, has been transformed into a Sherlock Holmes museum behind the classic black front door. It’s the perfect tourist spot for fans of the original novels.

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Practicality

We have already stated how a black door can add curb appeal to your home, especially if you’re thinking about having your home valued or if you’re selling up. Black against white brick creates a clean and fresh feel, complementing other features of the windows and brickwork. Black against grey creates a modern and contemporary feel. And, as you know, first impressions are also the last!

Black doors are also super easy to maintain. Marks, scuffs and general wear and tear won’t be as noticeable, compared to white or grey doors. In fact, combine this with an easy-to-maintain uPVC and you’ll have a front door you can be proud of all year round!

The Top 5 Front Door Colour Trends of 2019

It’s usually encouraged to look beyond the external; it’s what inside that really counts, right? Yet, when it comes to home aesthetics, experts say it’s all about first impressions.

A stylish bespoke front door has the power to transform the overall look and feel of the front of your house, whilst immediately putting you in a good mood as soon as you get home.

One of the biggest factors in this is colour, and with the end of the year quickly approaching, we thought we’d revisit some of the most popular trending colours for front doors in 2019, and take a look at possible trends to expect in 2020.

1. Bright Yellow

Bright and bold colours on the London front doors were a major player over the summer months, adding pizzazz and vibrancy to your home’s exterior. Yellow, in particular, was a popular choice, and it’s easy to see why. The colour creates a warm and sunny look, greeting guests in a cheery fashion. And even though a bold yellow may not be a go-to choice for most, it can create a truly elegant look when used well. Think vivid pastel yellows to accompany white trims, or muted down tones to complement darker trims.

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2. Sky Blue

From rich cobalt blues to more pastel tones, blue has always been a popular colour for homeowners trying to move away from traditional blacks, whites and greys. Whilst vivid royal blues have a tendency to be a timeless colour choice throughout any season, we have come to love this sky blue tone, creating a brand new form of livelihood whilst maintaining a calm and collected vibe.

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3. Classic Hardwood

It would be wrong to overlook the classics, that being traditional hardwood finishes. A hardwood door brings natural warmth to your home’s exterior, creating that much-loved feeling of home-sweet-home. Not to mention, it suits any exterior paints and can’t be mismatched throughout the changing seasons.

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4. Natural Tones

The love for more natural and subtle colour choices hasn’t got anywhere. Browns, blacks, greys and soft washed-out whites are still a massive trend after this year, especially when complemented with some greenery on the doorstep to really bring them alive. It’s the perfect choice if you’re opting for a more sophisticated and elegant look, and of course an easy choice for any colour palette.

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5. Christmas Red

As you’d imagine, a red Victorian front door is a massive hit if you’re looking to celebrate the festivities in style, especially when decorated with Christmas essentials like holly leaves or a wreath. But don’t be fooled, this colour makes any door a real show-stopper no matter the time of year, symbolising hospitality and a warm welcome!

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It’s easy to see that 2019 oversaw a mixture of style and character when it came to enhancing that curb appeal, and apparently, it’s expected to be no different in 2020.

As we venture into next year, many creative homeowners are turning to natural shades of sage greens, olive and coral tones to complement their home exteriors – and with the unique and quirky results, it’s easy to see why.

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Spicing up your plain front door

Does your front door, by any chance, need some sprucing up, but the idea of spending a boatload of money on a door isn’t that appealing? Look no further than this article, where we will elucidate the many ways you can make simple changes to your plain front door, which will go a long way in increasing its curb appeal.

If you’re redecorating the interior of your home, sprucing up your plain Victorian front door won’t hurt. Granted, doors generally fade in the background, deemed unimportant, but that’s not true. A door is an important part of the overall image of your home. Having a cozy, and beautiful interior won’t amount to anything if you have a shabby, or plain door, which delivers the first impression of your home.

 

Ways to spice up your door

 

In this article, we will elaborate on some of the ways you can add value to your door. You can also keep up with the latest trends or keep an eye on what the people around you are doing with their doors, instead of spending a fortune on a door.

Redecorating the door

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Redecorating the door is time-saving and gets the job done. You can use holiday decorations, for example, Christmas wreaths, shiny baubles, flowers, and pine cones to make your bespoke front door more appealing. The same decorations can be used for holiday decorations, or whatever the occasion calls for, saving time, and money, all the while getting the job done. You can even make wreaths from leaves which will add some much-needed colour to your plain door. This method is especially beneficial if you don’t have a lot of space at the front of your house, and want to limit the decorations to the door itself.

If that doesn’t gel with you, you can also change the knobs of your door, switching up from a simple doorknob to strike plates, knobs or locksets with different finishes, for example, brushed nickel, polished chrome, or antique brass.

Such a simple thing as a doorknob can change the overall appearance of your door.

 

Dress it up

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Another way you can make your door appealing is by dressing it up. The door is your canvas. One way to go is by painting it with an eye-popping colour that makes it contrast with your surroundings. Not only is it eye-catching, but it also makes your door stand out.

Plain doors can also be framed to spice them up.

 

Art

You can improve the face-value of your door by adding beautiful filigree, art, or sun catchers. As afore-mentioned, wreaths are another option.

 

Garden statues

Though garden statues don’t contribute to your door directly, they do add curb appeal. You can choose unique sculptures, or have them crafted. Be it doves, owls, or the standard garden gnomes, they go a long way in helping you bring something unique to your door.

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Lighting and decoration

Though slightly tricky, landscape lighting is also an option, though it is best to hire a professional for this particular job. Landscape lighting at the base of your steps can spice up your door.

Moreover, if you have a lot of space in front of your door, you can consider using decorative pots, sculptures, or anything unique, and eye-catching.

What Does the Colour of Your Door Say About You?

“Your door is a portal to your personality, not just your house.” – Brie Dyas, House Beautiful, 24th July 2015.

Taking this into account, just what might front door colour suggest about you and the way you feel about your home? After a lengthy discussion with a colour psychologist, we found out that what some of the most common front door colours might suggest about regard for your home:

Blue.

Quite easily the most popular colours in various studies, a blue front door suggests that the homeowner might view their home as something that can find peace in. A place of refuge that brings calm, serenity, and relaxation. For the homeowner, it’s the perfect retreat from the harsh and oft highly demanding world.

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Green.

This is another colour with a lot of popularity when it comes to front doors – and there’s a lot of good reasons behind that. In psychological terms, green has connotations with harmony, health, and tranquility. These are attributes all homeowners desire from their home.

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Black.

People who have their front door painted black actually communicate something that’s quite different and unique about their homes. The colour black for a front door exhibits power, strength, sophistication, and authority. It indicates to everyone who looks at the door while walking by that the home is under the ownership of someone with substance and assuredness.

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Red.

Red is considered to be a powerful colour with some ‘punch’. It is actually known as the colour of passion. Painting the front door red means that the homeowner wants people to know that the house is full of life, energy, and excitement.

Brown.

Brown is the natural door colour. Whether the door is painted or stained brown, the feel it gives off is natural and organic. However, the message in colour psychology is mixed and can vary. While typical shades of brown convey warmth, stability, and reliability, some darker shades are not so positive. They give off a vibe that suggests privacy and even isolation.

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It’s quite likely that the colour you have selected for your front door exhibits the way you want people to look at your house. It’s a way of making them understand just what the place is all about. If you purchased the house and wish to say something different than the previous owner, the best thing to do is to have a new front door made and painted in a colour that you desire.

The Heat is On

While, you may value your bespoke front doors as a affectionately reestablished original, sadly, others might tend to agree with you. London’s front doors have a hard life. They are probably going to get pushed open and shut with a bang by guests with their toe-tops, heels, wheels, bikes, skate-sheets or the sharp corners of boxes and bags. The subsequent chips and scratches to the paint and finishing are not just simply unattractive; they can open the timber for the entrance of water and dampness. In addition to the natural hazards introduced by wind and rain, this summer we presently need to include the hurtful impact of extended absorption of solid daylight. Your period front doors needs all the assistance it can get and paint is its first line of safeguard.

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Wood does not stand tall if it faces continuous changes in temperature and dampness. Like most materials it expands when warmed and contracts on cooling. Grain direction is significant; lengthwise, timbers grow far, not as much as steel, when warmed yet they can make up for it with the grain development because of temperature changes can be up to multiple times more prominent than the direct development. The largest abnormal developments in timber result from changes in the dampness content, however these changes are mostly temperature-related. Hotter air increases the rate of trade of moisture inside the timber. Cells at the outside of a bit of wood will exchange moisture with the air in all respects rapidly, yet center cells will slack altogether – setting up stresses. Absorbing moisture in the air makes timber swell and will make it part along the grain or to twist after some time.

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The paint connected to London front doors is in this manner not just there to make the door look beautiful; it protects the timber from moisture tapping. The shading colours in your picked paint either absorb or mirror the light falling on the doors surface. A white-painted doors reflects most of the light falling on it. A red door soaks each shade of colour aside from red – which is then reflected once more at you. A dark door absorbs the majority of the light and, since light is energy, and that energy is changed over into heat and radiated by the door at the infrared section of the radiation range. In simple words, the outside of a dark door when exposed to daylight ends up more warm to the touch than the outside of a white-painted door, and therefore is increasingly inclined to see changes related to heat. In the event that such a development extends the flexibility of the paint, cracks will appear and, subsequently, movement because of moisture exchange will speed up.

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If you really must have a dark colour door then Accoya timber is best. Hardwood just won’t cut the mustard. Accoya does look like wood, but it’s not quite so. It is adjusted timber in which a regular wood is subjected to a procedure called acetylation. This develops a forefront protected innovation which will keep the thermal expansion to minimum with dark colour paints.

Falling Apart at the Seams: Why Do Old Doors Fail?

The “Test of Time” is a test of endurance that test everything, with doors facing its wrath too. Wooden front doors have long been used to cover the front side of buildings, with the material proving to perform quite well in many different situations. They happen to be quite resistant to damage from heat, corrosion, pollution, and frost. However, the deciding factor for wooden doors is frequent changes in weather condition. Regular movement between different temperatures and humidity levels is what troubles wooden doors.

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Period front doors have been constructed using the same methods for around two thousand years. To build them, separate pieces of dried timber are brought together and held by mortise and tenon joins, which are further assisted by glue and wedges. The glue helps to bind the surfaces while the wedges are usually driven-in in order to create frictional resistance.

Unsealed timber is bound to lose or gain moisture until it reaches the same state as its environment. However, changes in temperature and humidity levels cause the volume of the wood to increase in an unequal manner. It increases in all directions, while stresses are set up that can only be let go with movement. The movement usually comes in the form of timber splits along the grains of the door or cracks that can develop at the joints when the pieces separate. Once a crack forms and opens, the moisture can reach deeper and further inside the door, which makes harmful movement inevitable.

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London front doors have a lot of expectations. They are expected to face all that the harsh climate has to throw against them on one side, while also facing the air-conditioned cool or central heated warmth of the inside of the building on the other side. Most internal doors, such as kitchen and bathroom doors, are highly vulnerable to facing the consequences of warm and steamy environments on one side, while being into contact with a drier environment on the other. Other doors are often left open to take in radiator heat on just one side.

A friend of mine I had called for help smiled when he saw my 100 year Victorian front door. I had been pushing draught-excluders into each gap all along the door with no success. Soon after, it would fit into its frame on damp days and would be a pain to even open.

“This door needs planing to stop it sticking,” I told him.

“Look at the top rail,” he replied. “Can you see how there’s a wedge-shaped gap between the top of the door and the frame; it’s very small at the hinge side, and very wide above the locks?”
He then pointed towards the binding of the door with the step, right at the bottom and furthest from the edges.

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“These two old hinges can no longer carry the weight,” said Noel. “Over the years, the loops around the central pins have worn away until now they’re more like spirals. That’s why your door sticks and, from now on, this one always will. You need new hinges as well as a new door. Let’s face it, after a century of use they’ve earned their keep many times over.”

“But if I get a nice new door, won’t the same thing happen again?”

“Eventually,” he said, “Yes, it probably will. But if it starts to stick in the winter of 2119, don’t hesitate to call me back.”