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!

Feng Shui

Feng Shui translates to ‘Wind and Water’, and it is the art of studying both flow and energy within an environment – particularly home spaces. This historical Chinese art adheres to a system of laws or rules that enables you to harness spiritual energy known as ‘Chi’. The idea of Feng Shui brings about a balance and harmony between individuals and their surroundings, injecting happiness, peace and success into our lives.

 

Successful Feng Shui depends on the consideration of the placement of different objects, colours and light. Therefore, the right front door and layout of a doorway can be insanely impactful to set the tone and mood for your entire home.

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Is there front door ‘energy’?

Being the first thing and the last thing you and your visitors experience at your home means first impressions are made here. This is where the majority of how energy flows and enters. Your front door must feel welcoming, full of personality, but also be practical for everyday use.

 

Step outside your door, analyse what feels inviting and what doesn’t. Make the necessary changes to make your entrance a warm and welcoming greeting for guests. Maybe it’s time for a repaint, or a spruce up with some potted plants or foliage?

 

Create good chi with some simple Feng Shui principles…

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  1. Clear the Clutter

 

Both your front porch and hallway should be much more than just an in-between space. It’s the first and last area you and your guests see when visiting your home. Unclutter by removing items that don’t belong there. Are there shoes scattered around the door? Coats slung over stair railings? Combat the clutter by creating a balance between style and practicality, utilise unused space and add simple built-in cupboards to place coats and shoes inside, clearing areas like this stops energy stagnating. It’s important to have a clear path through to your door to allow an unobstructed flow into your home.

 

  1. Connect with Nature

 

Beautifully potted shrubs and zen planting instantly draw in natural energy, allowing your home to feel integrated with nature. Opt for money plants, palms, bamboo or vibrant blooms that will create a sense of peace and bliss.

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  1. The Door

 

Consider the way your door opens. Doors that open inwards promote good chi as opposed to doors that open outwards. It invites positive energy in rather than pushing it out. It also makes guests feel more welcomed into your home.

 

As well as the look of the door itself, consider a door that fits with the period of your property – taking into consideration the dimensions, strength and usability. The colour and quality of your bespoke front door also attracts positive energy and should work in harmony with its surroundings. Browns and greens are typically the colour of nature and money while red is the colour of prosperity.

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  1. Light

 

Light is a major player when it comes to the manifestation of energy. If you’re limited with light in your hallway, you should seriously consider including glass panelling like fanlights or sidelights with your bespoke front door design.

 

When it comes to design, make use of mirrors by allowing them to bounce the natural light and create the feeling of more open enlarged areas.

Complementing Traditional Period Door Features Part 1 – The History

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. But did you know, you can upgrade your existing door with some modern-day features and still keep the authentic character within your home?

Let’s look at the history at some of these doors, starting with the Georgian era, all the way to the 1930s. In part two, we’ll look at how our services can help preserve the history and style of your home.

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Georgian Homes

Built during the 18th century, Georgian homes are super easy to identify as they often boast a classic symmetrical look with flat-fronted facades. You’ll also notice that the front door is usually positioned centrally with a window on both sides.

Georgian doors themselves were large, durable and often quite stately-looking. Often you’ll see them painted in a rich glossy coat of darker but bold colours. Think blacks, reds and greens – complemented with classy brass door furniture.

At Bespoke Front Door, we are skilled in handcrafting and recreating Georgian door designs to recreate the original character of your home.

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Victorian Homes

Built during the 19th century, most Victorian properties boast large bay windows on the ground floors, reflecting a gothic architectural style.

Traditionally, a Victorian front door would showcase a homeowners wealth and stature in the community via elaborate front door designs. These would often be enhanced with eye-catching stained glass panels and sidelights, as well as colourful porches, doorsteps and tiling. The Victorian period created curb appeal, it seems. It’s easy to see why so many homes in and around London aim to recreate Victorian builds, touching on their classic poise and timeless style.

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Edwardian Homes

Built within the decade of 1900-1910, Edwardian homes often portrayed a square-fronted villa style, beautifully decorated with small front gardens and foliage around the door. As well as this, stained glass panels were also a main feature because glass was now cheaper to manufacture than previous years, opening up a whole new style of front door to be used for years and years to follow.

1930s Homes

Built during the 1930s, of course, there was an overall rise in homeownership during the war, and therefore the building of new homes. Typically, these houses are semi-detached with a single large window on one side of the door. Again, glasswork was on the rise but took a more artistic turn with art deco designs e.g. classic sunburst glass panels. Throughout years after, the art deco designs flourished and we can still see some more modern details in period front doors from this era that are making a serious revival in bespoke doors today.

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Read part two to see how our services at Bespoke Front Door can help you preserve your home’s overall character and history.

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.

 

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 importance of doors

Some thoughts on the importance of front doors, well put, by Anna Tyzack in The Telegraph.

It takes just eight seconds to decide whether or not you will buy a house, according to the latest research. And at least four of them will be spent waiting at the front door. Lord Lloyd-Webber has a mahogany one, Richard Rogers has a white one, and Kate Middleton has just installed a pair of them, in black. “People look at a front door before they look at anything else,” says designer Cecilia Neal, of Meltons. “Your front door reflects what you think about the house. A door can sell a property.”

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One of our recent installations – a Victorian front door

An Oxford blue, Victorian front door with stained- and etched-glass panels and side windows sold a house in Putney to Susie King. “After being shown round by the agent, I drove back there that night, parked outside and just stared at the door. I wanted to live behind it so badly,” she says. A decade later, when it came to repainting the door, it took 12 attempts to mix the right shade of blue.

But a door can also jeopardise a sale. “We have had a buyer who refused to complete until we repainted the front door as it was green, which they felt was unlucky,” says Andy Buchanan, director of John D Wood, Chelsea.

A front door must be appropriate to a house, says Jeremy Musson, Architecture Editor of Country Life. Planked doors can work well on barn or warehouse conversions or new-builds. But there is no escaping the universal charm of the Georgian front door – “solid, well constructed, but at the same time curiously domestic and welcoming” – rather like the iconic blue London door belonging to Hugh Grant in the film Notting Hill. “The classic Georgian combination of solid, panelled door with a glazed fanlight over the top, as in London and Dublin, and Bath and Liverpool terraces, is just magic,” says Mr Musson.

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One of our Edwardian front doors

There is nothing to say classic Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian period front doors cannot be used on new houses. Properties on the Wentworth and St George’s Hill estates, in Surrey, tend to use classical styles on a larger scale – taller and wider with vast porticos, illustrating that owners are happier to experiment with the size of a door rather than its style or colour. “Double doors are vital for new-builds over £2 million,” says Simon Ashwell, of Savills. “They give an impression of a much wider frontage. I will always tell a developer to put in a double door.”

 

Going global

Front doors have such significance in all our lives that they are used as a means of self-expression and not only identify individuals but also cultures and nations. Here in London we are so desensitised to how we express ourselves, via our mostly Victorian front doors, that we sometimes scarcely notice them. In the same way that we scarcely notice anything else that makes us Londoners or even British.

They say travel broadens the mind and doors from other places cause us to gaze inward and see our own period front doors with fresh eyes and appreciate how beautiful they are and what they tell the world about us. So here are some front doors from far and wide together with two of our own for you to ponder. Can you spot which they are?

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Welcome home

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Well there isn’t any point having a gorgeous, new, period front door and ignoring everything around it is there? There are many ways that we can accessorise our door ways. For example, if you have a Victorian front door you may compliment it with pretty Victorian mosaic tiles. Some London doors are contemporary and are flanked with stylish outdoor lighting. Whatever type of door you have, the chances are you will need a mat to wipe your muddy feet on and in this blog post we bring you some entertaining examples.

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Some mats are positioned inside your front door:

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Others go on the outside:

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Goodbye you lovely people!

Silence is golden

It is sometimes the case that a door is required to close as quietly as possible. For instance, in communal buildings the occupants of the ground floor flat, whose bedroom may be adjacent to the communal entrance door, may find themselves perpetually irked by the banging of the main front door as their neighbours’ arrive home late in the evening. So what can be done?

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A magnetic door lock

First we must identify the causes of the noise. Usually there are two of them: the sound of wood banging on wood as the door hits the door stops on the frame and the sound of the lock striking its lock keep. There is sometimes a third cause of noise in communal front doors – the buzzing of an electronic entry lock. If a new front door is being fitted then we can eliminate or reduce the effect of each of these in turn to make a significant reduction in volume.

  1. Locks – replacing the communal lock for a magnetic lock eliminates the sound of the lock hitting its lock keep and any buzzing sounds. Many magnetic locks have an entirely silent operation.
  2. Replace the doorstops for new ones that incorporate a generous, soft draught excluder. This prevents the wood-on-wood impact noise created when the door closes.
  3. Overhead door closer – install an overhead closer that is fitted with a brake. This will swing the door closed at a brisk pace but arrests its motion just before contact with the door frame is made. The door then moves slowly for the final few centimetres so that contact with the cushioned door stops is gentle and quiet and then the magnetic lock anchors the door in the closed position