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!

Making the Most of Your Home

Owning a property in London helps you attain a special status. It’s not about class or anything. What you own instead is a piece of history and your automatically become a custodian of just one part of the country and city’s incomparable cultural heritage.

One thing you might have never thought about is just how much of a role your front door has to play as the focal point of your home’s overall aesthetic, along with both its appeal and its unique character. Whether it is negative or positive, the effect of the front door cannot be diminished. One thing you can notice is that a trip down London’s streets looking for good looking houses will show that the best-looking ones have a wonderful front door.

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It’s quite saddening to think about the act that it has not always been financially possible, or even something fashionable, to preserve the original period features expressed in architecture. When homeowners were compelled to change the front door, what they found were mass produced, poor quality doors made out of wood, plastic, or aluminium. These have been the only options for so long that they have slowly crept across the entire city’s visage.

Thankfully, we now live in an era where homeowners actually care about and appreciate the traditional aesthetics found in our domestic architecture. It’s not just about giving off a rustic appearance either. The homeowners are well aware that keeping the period aesthetic of their home intact is bound to maximise the value of their property, which is usually their most important and valuable asset.

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With a beautiful front door, you can pretty much transform your home’s entire appearance. Furthermore, you can also add some value to it which is bound to give you a thrill full of excitement whenever you look at it or use in the future.

Bespoke Front Door was established from a passion and love for the British period aesthetic, with an undying commitment towards the preservation of our cultural and architectural heritage. We offer a number of services, specialising in production, design, and installation of period front doors. Furthermore, we are always available for consultation and can offer you all kinds of advice and guidance on how to get the best out of your home’s most prominent and important feature.

Door Furniture – All The Important Things You Must Take Into Account Before Buying

Way too many people find themselves in the dilemma around the choices they have to make about the front doors of their period house. Since there’s no official guide to help you make your choices – we’re here to help you out!

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If you happen to be looking for some valuable advice about how to select window and door furniture for a period house – you’ve arrived at just the right place! In this article, we break down the most important questions you should be asking yourself, and evaluating carefully, before you arrive at your final decision:

 What should you take into account before choosing cupboard knobs for kitchens or bedrooms?

It’s important to consider whether finish happens to suit the particular colour and style of your room. You can also choose to match metal surfaces with the finish of your door.

 

Handles or knobs – what’s better for internal doors?
This comes down purely to your personal preference. Period homes, however, usually go for door knobs as they serve a more consistent aesthetic

 

Does the window hardware have to match door furniture?

This isn’t a must – but would definitely lead to visually pleasing and cohesive look if it all matches.

What’s a rim lock?

A rim box is a surface mounted box that contains a latch, a lock or both. Rim locks can be decorative or plain – depending on the era you want to go with. You can also alternatively choose to have the latch or lock mortised into the edge of the Victorian front door.

 

What is the use to the hinges?

Hinges are used for paneled doors of all types. They must ideally match the metal finish of door handles or knobs.

 

Do you have to change the locks on internal doors when you’ve already changed the knobs?

This does not have a definitive answer because latches/locks can be complex. Usually, though, if you have door knobs on your door & you are looking to change them for other door knobs of the same size, the locks are not going to be an issue. Latches and locks need to be changed if you swap your door handles in place of the door knobs. Due to the fact that door knobs require more space in between the edges of the spindle hole and the door to prevent you from trapping your friends.
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How to decide the correct finish for your house?

You can choose from between either of these options:

Choose from the already established finishes for the particular period of your house.

This gives you a standardized way to make your decision.

Choose what you like!

If you happen to have a certain aesthetic already planned out in your mind – you can choose to just go with what you like instead of conforming to any set rules or regulations!

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Front Door Color Trends: Late Summer

 

The color trends for front doors are quite dynamic and change every year. This year, the inclination was towards colors that were a little more unconventional for a period front door and also stood out more. The trends for late summer coincide with trends for the whole of summer, but there’s a change in tone, color and style in the last few months of the summer, as there is promise of the weather changing, hence also influencing the vibes people are looking to exude with their aesthetic choice (trust us, aesthetic and weather are immensely correlated). In this article, we break down the top trends for Victorian front door colors in the last few summer months of 2018. Read on, compare each color with your own surrounding walls and the elevation of your house, and then decide which colour you want for your front door!

Fabulous Pink

We get it, pink is a corny choice for a London front door color as it might seem immature or kiddish to most people. After all, you’re not living in a Barbie dollhouse. Or maybe you are? Pink is a good choice especially because it is an uncommon color and doesn’t get chosen for front doors most of the times. But do keep in mind that every house is not going to be able to pull off something as over the top as pink – and do have a close look at the time and sharpness of the paint as you order.

Pink makes for a great contrast with a darker brick building or a pale-white cottage.

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Fresh Yellow

Everything fresh, everything warm and everything citrus-y. Just as with pink, yellow is also an unconventional color, although relatively lesser, and is hence will not be conductive to every house.

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Saucy Red

Red is admittedly a funky color choice for a front door and hence has always been an unconventional choice for many people. However, this summer, we saw an increasing number of orders for red colored London doors – particularly ones that had a sharper tone and did a good job of standing out from their surroundings. There’s not much that can go wrong with something as fabulous as red marking the entrance of your house. Although red is often associated with autumn, it’s also a saucy and eye pleasing choice for summers – and also has a great potential to really have contrast with its surrounding walls, hence standing out more than most colors would be able to manage.

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Ocean Blue

Continuing a tradition of bright colours, Ocean Blue is another significant color this late summer for front doors. Ocean Blue is the kind of colour that gives a warm and welcoming smile to anyone entering your house and is just a gesture that you want at the forefront of your house. Just paint your front door ocean blue, and feel like you’re just a few steps away from the ocean all the time!

 

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V is for Vernacular, Vision, Veracity and Voysey

In Part 1 this week, Lucy Greenslade visits two houses in Wandsworth on the trail of C.F.A. Voysey (1857-1941), architect and designer of furniture and textiles.

I wanted to link the word ‘vernacular’ – the language spoken by the people of the country – with Charles Voysey, an architect still best known as a designer of English country houses. Not all his houses were located in rural landscapes but you could say he designed them as if they were. With the exception of two town houses in Knightsbridge, Voysey didn’t do ‘urban’. The two buildings I have visited this week are both on the edges of Victorian suburbs and both face wooded Commons. ‘Dixcot’ – at Nº 8, North Drive, SW16, – looks over Tooting Bec Common and The White Cottage in Lyford Road, SW18, addresses a quiet corner of Wandsworth Common. Both appear to be detached and singular, havens of calm domesticity, remote from the busy streets, squares and terraces not so far away in Battersea, Balham or Clapham.

Considering that Voysey built no houses himself after 1918, his influence over English suburban architecture in the 1920s and 1930s became quite extraordinary. You could say that Voysey’s architecture was “truly suburban” only in the sense of using traditional materials and being suitable for low-density housing. A large part of his later appeal was that he worked in what was considered to be an authentically ‘English’ style and that was what developers were eager to copy. It wasn’t Voysey’s fault that the architects of suburbia built row after row of near-identical semi-detached houses in what became known as the ‘Tudorbethan’ style (falsely half-timbered and sporting leaded glass in their casement windows). What these ‘semis’ offered was the illusion of living in country cottages. The houses appeared to be ‘traditionally crafted’ and – ideally – came with neat hedges and lawns and roses growing around the Victorian front door. Estate agents call it ‘kerb appeal’.

On the surface, Voysey’s creations are deceptively simple. He believed that the richness of a design should be expressed in its form and minimal details, not in applied decorations. His houses often feature roughcast render on the outside of brick walls and massive chimney stacks piercing sweeping roofs. They do not display the overtly classical proportions expected by many of his contemporaries. His period front doors and windows give horizontal not vertical emphasis to each elevation. He did not use elaborately decorated carved stone pediments and his roofs are not hidden behind straight parapet walls. He used buttresses rather than pilasters to divide and give order to his elevations. His furniture too was simple and functional. He preferred to leave wood with its natural finish rather than covered with paints or stains and varnishes.

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A truly massive chimney stack, with inset window, at 8 North Drive, SW16 dating from 1897. Little hips on the lower roof appear to fold around the base of the stack.

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The front entrance to 8 North Drive with its projecting Doric porch – unaccountably painted in a greenish gloss instead of the original white. Note the ‘signature’ Arts & Crafts strap hinges across the front door.

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68 Lyford Road, Wandsworth SW18 (The White Cottage) dating from 1903.

English Heritage describes this as:
“A 2-storey house, 3-bays wide, with stone dressings and hipped slate roof, the quadruple casement windows have stone mullions and leaded lights. The centre projects as a square bay rising through the eaves into a third-storey belvedere. The asymmetrically-placed 12-panelled London door, its top 3 panels glazed, is sheltered by a broad flat hood.”

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A London Front Door in the English vernacular style – The White Cottage.

In Part 2, Lucy pedals on through tempest, storm and flood to visit Chiswick and Hampstead…

 

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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.”

 

Let the light in

Have you ever wondered why some doors have glass in them and some do not?

The Victorians were the first to make glazed doors the norm. Prior to the Victorians, front doors were generally made of solid timber and without glazing. For example the classic Georgian front door pictured below:

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A Georgian front door

Doors without glass were considered more secure. The glass that was available in those days, such as float glass or leaded light was fragile and offered zero resistance to a cudgel-wielding nobbler! So what changed?

Prior to the mid-1850s most (terraced) housing had a relatively short foot-print. That is to say that the distance from the front to the rear of the property was quite short, as we can see from the side-section of a Georgian house below.

georgian house cross section

A window, positioned on the first half-landing, at the rear of the house, could flood the ground floor hallway with light. In the mid-1850s the Victorians innovated with terraced house design and began to add rear additions to their houses. These lengthed the footprint of a building but the new, rear rooms prevented light from reaching the hallway. As we can see in the floor plans below:

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Victorian hallways would have been plunged into darkness and so front doors with glass were introduced. The additional living space was prioritised over reduced security and hallways enjoyed the light they needed.

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A Victorian four panel front door

This architectural back story is the reason why Georgian front doors very rarely have glass, whilst Victorian front doors and later, Edwardian front doors, almost always have glass. If you ever need to identify a period front door‘s architectural era, this is the first test to apply.

 

 

Paint colours in 2017… the story so far

What’s trending right now?

Choosing paint colour, whether it is for furniture, walls or your Victorian front doors can be baffling at times. Read our earlier post about colours for some advice and guidance. If you are someone who likes to keep up with the Bespoke Front Door, we’ve put together a list of the most popular colours chosen by our customers so far this year:

1. Down Pipe Gray no. 26 by Farrow & Ball

This grey, that imitates the lead on exterior iron work has staying power. It seems like every day we meet some one who says, “I’ve always wanted a dark grey Period front door.” Despite interior trend bibles predicting strong bright colours for 2017, the people of London still love a strong grey.

 

2. Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball

This dark, dusty blue has proved a big hit with our customers since its launch by Farrow & Ball in September 2013. It combines beautifully with polished chrome, brass and black iron door furniture.

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3. Colour q6.09.81 by Sikkens

The enigmatically titled ‘q6.09.81’ by leading paint manufacturers Sikkens has been in demand since the summer of 2013. This very pale but vibrant blue, in a rich satin finish can be seen on the centrepiece front door .London door.jpg

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