Bespoke In: Pink

With an endless spectrum of colours to choose from, it’s one of the hardest decisions to make throughout your bespoke front door project.

We believe that every home is completely unique, and so each door should represent your home’s true character and personality. The best way to do this is with a paint job.

This year, more customers than ever before are making statements of style with pastel shades – especially pink – and we love it! Our pink Victorian front doors have seen unprecedented levels of demand and the colour – in all of its hues – is perfect for adding instant curb appeal.

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Pretty In Pink

With pink having a major moment in interior design, it seems to have ventured to the exterior of our homes too. And why not? Pink is a versatile and fresh choice compared to neutral colours and does wonders to bringing a tired-looking home to life again.

There are, however, many shades of pink to choose from. It’s especially important to get the right shade of pink to perfectly capture the overall mood and style of your home. Popular choices are dusty, pastel and baby pinks as opposed to hot pinks or bubblegum pinks, but each one can beautifully complement features such as white pilasters, the greenery that frames an entrance and original monochrome tiling – a popular feature on pathways and doorsteps of Victorian homes.

Of course, pink in all its forms has many positive associations, signifying creativity, love, and passion. By using this playful colour on your front door, it adds personality and panache, boosting your homes curb appeal and makes stepping inside all the more inviting.

Shades We Love

1. Powder Pink

This beautiful pastel shade brings serious curb appeal to many stylish Victorian properties across London. The blush shade has a soothing finish and is the perfect accompaniment to warmer whites and polished chrome fittings.

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2. Raspberry Seriously Ripples

A deeper shade with more rich undertones, raspberry pink offers a bold and moody vibe to any front door. If you’re looking for a sophisticated and luxurious finish to offer timeless style that will be envied by all guests and neighbours, consider letting raspberry ripple.

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3. Candy Pink

This deep dusky pink is playful and creative, beautifully complementing vivid greenery and brickwork perfectly. We especially love this shade on classic Victorian properties, especially when contrasting with tiled porches and entrance walkways.

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4. Coral Pink

The latest trend in… pretty much everything. Coral Pink is a fresh and eye-catching shade that complements any property style beautifully. It’s also a great choice for springtime which will soon be upon us, as it contrasts perfectly with natural greenery and foliage. It’s time to get those hanging baskets up and out.

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Like what you see? Pink is a relatively 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.

 

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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Fresh Christmas Wreath Concept of live christmas wreaths

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.

Georgian Secrets: Some Great Period Front Door Designs

To get the very best out of your bespoke front door design, it’s always a great idea to study various designs and comprehend their strengths and aesthetic sense. Taking a look at period front door designs is always a good option, since they represent the history of London front doors, while also offering great vintage designs.

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One of the most popular eras of front doors with Londoners today and before are the ones found in the Georgian era, which ran from 1714 to 1837. Before this, during the mid-17th century, London doors usually had two columns of panels that were vertically arranged, with divisions into smaller square or rectangular panels being common as well.

The Georgian Doors

Taking the panel look of the 17th century, the Georgian joiners chose to enhance it in every way imaginable. The way they did so was by combining the latest fashions with the old methods of design. They would keep themselves in the know about all the latest fashions through the study of various pattern books, and via that the designers came up with various ways or rearranging the panels on front doors.

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The panels on their own could have been ornate raised and fielded, which would often give a robust look to the doors, but a lot were panels made out of humble butt and beads, which were good for nothing more than having run down the door without any interruption by tons of fancy beads.

At the same time, finding glass in Georgian font doors was a rarity. Hallways would often be left filled with gloom as no sunlight would come through the doors. To counter this, fanlights were introduced later on in the 18th century. These helpful devices were actually panes of glass attached above the front doors, and later became staples of Georgian front door design, allowing light and fresh air inside. Some dispute on the name still remains, since not all of the fanlights were shaped like fans. The name could very well be a result of the fact that the fanlights allowed air to come inside and fuel the fires inside households.

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Why to go For Georgian Front Doors

The Georgian era designs are classic. They offer a unique and handsome look while sporting traditional dark colours, and offer a lot more when combined with polished chrome or brass hardware. Something colourful, on the other hand, gives you a door that’s both pretty and charming. The best thing about Georgian front doors is the fact that they allow you to express yourself without check.

Whether it’s Georgian front doors or Victorian ones, taking a look at what came before to gather design ideas is a good policy.

The Best Style and Color for Your Door Furniture.

Over the years, there has been an evolution in the way door furniture are produced, their durability, and their style! Choosing a door furniture color and style might seem like a tedious task, but is integral to the overall look of your period front door. Do not take this simple task for granted, and make sure to consider the many different factors involved before making your choice. Just the right color and style in your door furniture can make a significant difference in the look of your house.

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Victorian front door with white laminated glass in London

In this article, we break down all the aspects you’ll have to consider when choosing your door furniture.

Functionality

There’s a lot more to a door furniture functionality than it might seem on first sight. One of the most important things here is to make sure to choose a material that suits your needs. Stainless steel door furniture are a good choice as they’re string, durable, and don’t have to be cleaned regularly. The good thing about these door furniture is that they don’t wear off after just a few years, and will last you for a significant amount of time. You can also choose brass or chrome as the material for your door furniture. However, these will be more prone to losing their color and shine over time. If you happen to someone with limited sight, you will also want to make sure that the door furniture color veers away from the color of the front door. For instance, a white door with an aluminum door furniture can be difficult to operate for many people with limited sight.  Only after you’ve considered all these aspects of your door handle’s functionality, should you move onto the other considerations.

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1930’s front door in south London

 

Quality over the price

The quality of the door furniture will be the foremost choice you’ll have to make. Of course you don’t need to go for a fancy and overpriced door furniture, but also make sure to prioritize the quality of the door furniture over its price. Consider selecting a hardware that isn’t so cheap that it compromises the quality of the front door. Sacrificing quality over price will mean that you’ll be spending even more money to have your door furniture replaced in the near future. It’ll help to select a price range of the maximum and minimum price that you’re willing to pay – and hence proceed from there.

 

 

Style

The style of your door hardware can truly make a great impact on the design of your front door. For instance, a fancy door furniture may not suit your simple four panel Victorian front door. Select a door furniture style and color that is not too overwhelming and suits your door just fine.  This is especially important if the door furniture is to be installed on your sparkly new front door.

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Four panel Victorian front door in Kingston

We at Bespoke Front Door Company will advise you and make sure that your new front door will looks amazing.

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The Three Biggest Doors In The World

Doors are the gateway to our own homes and our own little world. While you might have always taken doors for granted and never really looked into how intriguing they can be, doors are actually a fascinating concept if you really go deep into it. Their history, their evolution over time, the importance with which they have been treated over the centuries – the way they were considered a status symbol during the Period Era’s – the list is endless when it comes to period front doors. We at Bespoke Front Door love digging into the most interesting and informative aspects of doors and their creation. In this post, we cover a very interesting yet understated topic – the biggest doors in the world! The following is a list and description of the 3 biggest and most massive gates and doors, as well as other entryways, in the world – including what they’re used for and where they are located.

NASA Assembly Building

These doors are located in the NASA Assembly Building in the United States. They’re located at the region in NASA where space shuttles are built. Their height? 456 feet! To put it clearly, this is the same height is three times the height of Niagara Falls, and also the same as the height of the world’s biggest roller coaster! Their purpose? Space Shuttles!

 

Space shuttles are huge, and inevitably require huge doors in order to fit in. These doors are so huge that it takes almost an hour just to fully open and close them. The workers at NASA must be having a field day with these everyday!

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Fort Knox Vault Doors are located at Fort Knox in the United States and weight around 250 tonnes. If you think that huge a size is unjustified, you’re to be proved wrong. These doors serve in a gold bullion storage. Fort Knox has been known to store around 5000 tonnes of gold bullion. This would translate to more than 135 BILLION pounds (Did we even know that much money could exist in one place?).

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So, now it’s only fair that any door that is serving the sacred purpose of guarding billions of pounds must be just as strong and huge as the Fort Knox Vault Doors. That’s not all. Fort Knox Vaults are so well guarded that not a single person at Fort Knox knows the whole combination to enter the vault doors. It takes a host of contractors and employees to piece together small combination into the whole key and then open the vault.

Antwerp door

Antwerp Door is located at the Antwerp House in Belgium. These are glass front doors that are 20 feet tall. They serve in a private residence and are the pathway to a private garden. They weigh more than 4 tonnes.

 

These doors are taller than a tree and huge in size, yet also built with a pivoting system that makes them incredibly light weight and easy to open. Their huge weight and size is not stopping them from being efficient and practical. All we can say is kudos to the engineers behind this!

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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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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