“Your door is a portal to your personality, not just your house.” – Brie Dyas, House Beautiful, 24th July 2015.
So, what does your front door colour say about you and the way you regard your home? Here’s what a colour psychologist might say about some of the most common front door colors:
Shown to be the most popular colour in many studies, a blue front door signals that the homeowner views his or her home as a place of refuge — calm, serene, and relaxing, the perfect retreat from an often harsh and demanding world.
Green is another popular colour for the front door, and with good reason. Psychologically speaking, green connotes health, safety, tranquility, and harmony, all highly desirable attributes for the home environment.
Those who paint the front door black are communicating something entirely different about their homes. A black front door projects strength, sophistication, power, and authority, indicating to all who enter or even passersby that the home is a serious place inhabited by a person of substance.
Regarded as a powerful “punch” color, red is the color of passion. By painting the front door red, the homeowner is saying that the home within is a vibrant place, full of life, energy, and excitement.
Whether painted or stained, a brown front door looks natural and organic, but it can send mixed messages in terms of color psychology. On the one hand, brown conveys warmth, stability, and reliability, positive attributes all, but certain darker shades of brown signal a desire for privacy, even isolation.
Very likely, the colour you’ve chosen for your front door projects the way you want your home to be viewed. But if you inherited the colour from the previous owner, or if you want to say something different about yourself and your home, you may consider a new front door painted beautifully in your favourite colour.
If you are lucky enough to own a period property in London then you own a piece of history and you are the custodian of a slice of our cultural heritage.
You may never have thought about the role your front door plays as the focal point of your home’s aesthetic, character and appeal. For better-or-for-worse! Take a walk down any of our London streets and you’ll notice that the houses that look good, have good front doors.
Sadly, in the past it hasn’t always been financially viable or the fashion, to preserve original period features. When home owners have needed to replace their front door, poor quality, mass produced, wooden, plastic and aluminium doors have been the only option and over the years have crept across our city’s visage.
We now live in a time where home owners appreciate the traditional aesthetics of their houses. But it’s not only about appearances, they know that keeping the period features of their home intact will maximise the value of what is often their most valuable asset.
A beautiful front door can transform your home’s appearance, add value and give you a thrill every time you use it. It can make you feel proud for years to come.
Bespoke Front Door was born out of a passion for British period style and a commitment to the preservation of our architectural heritage. We specialise in the design, production and installation of period front doors. We can offer all sorts of advice and guidance on how to make the most of your home’s most important feature.
Over the course of the summer we asked you to share any interesting front doors you spotted on your travels. Below are a couple of our favourites from the south coast of the UK …
We’ve received lots of lovely examples and we’d like to say a big thank you to everybody that took part. More will be posted here over the coming winter months.
Now we’d love you to share again. With Christmas around the corner we want you to simply tweet, tag or email us with any lovely decorative period front doors. You can find us @ www.bespokefrontdoor.co.uk or email us email@example.com
“An explosion of florals burst forth from the catwalks, as green-fingered designers cultivated a flower-strewn spring/summer.” Lucy Olivier, Vogue trend report, Spring Summer 2016.
2016 is tipped to be a big year for florals and not only does it burst forth from the catwalks, it bursts forth from the Bespoke Front Door glass workshop too. Home trends are mirroring fashion trends with a surge of interest in leaded light designs incorporating floral motifs and organic accents.
Some period front doors just work and everything about them clicks. Why? Because the relationships between the door furniture, the glass, the paintwork and the joinery is coherent.
It goes without saying that the style, proportions and architectural period of this front door are right on the money for this late-Victorian home but the little things are right too.
Leaded light gives a lovely, traditional feel to any front door. Farrow & Ball’s Off Black is a very dark charcoal colour and it c0-ordinates beautifully with the dark grey lead-lines and the black, hand-painted house number in the fanlight above.
Victorian front doors furniture adds to that traditional look and feel and makes this door look as though it has always been there! The aged, Lion’s Head centre knob brings gravitas and character.
Here are the views of some people whose business it is to know the answer…
“So many people neglect the importance of their front door. Painting your door in an attractive dark shade, and either polishing or replacing your door furniture can make a huge difference to a buyer’s first impressions. Dark colours are said to work best, but take a look at your neighbours’ doors and if light colours are a theme consider a more muted grey or pale green, neither of which colours are likely to alienate potential buyers.”
“The first impression that a property makes on a seller is crucial to how the rest of the visit goes. Buyers generally find unkempt gardens, derelict fencing and gates, and front garden areas full of cars to be a turn off.
As one Leeds based agent surmised, ‘If they’re not smiling as they step over the threshold then the rest of the viewing is generally a waste of time. If the vendor doesn’t sort it out then you can end up reducing the price. For every eager buyer put off by the surface appearance there’s a shrewd old pro waiting for the price to tumble. It’s the vendor who loses out.”
“On first thought, the condition of your victorian front door may not seem like a significant factor in the overall value of your home. But according to experts, you may want to reconsider that thought.
Here’s why: The period front door is a very important part of a home’s curb appeal and contributes greatly to the home’s overall value, says Lipford.
“It’s usually the first opportunity to influence a guest to your home, or a potential buyer of your home, because they’re going to see that from the road,” explains Lipford. “It’s the nose on the face of the house, and it’s important to showcase it in the best light that you possibly can.”
There are a variety of different types of glass available to a door maker; annealed, toughened, and laminated, to name three. These very helpful gentlemen from East County Glass demonstrate why we choose laminated glass for our front doors.