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.

How to repaint a worn wooden door

The Basics

A quick and easy way to revive a worn-down exterior door is by repainting it, and often this can be done with minimal preparation and without breaking the bank. Repainting your door can spruce it up and make the exterior of your house feel like home again. Improving and repainting your house’s front door can be finished in one day, with the bulk of the work completed in a single afternoon. In this blog article, we’ll show you the simple steps you should follow to get the perfect possible coating for your door, and how to do it quickly and efficiently.


Depending on your house’s location and style, the ideal colour for your bespoke front door can vary greatly, and it’s important to take some time to decide upon the perfect colour for you. While a bright, clean white can work with nearly every home and makes your house look beautiful and well-maintained, you might like a different tone or colour which matches the architecture and period of your house. Doing some basic research on door colours online can give you a good idea of a few great colour options for you!

Equipment and Preparing the Door

You’ll need some very basic and highly accessible equipment to get started with repainting your Victorian front door, and you might already have some of it at home if you’ve done something similar before. As well as wood paint for exterior surfaces in your chosen colour, and the crucial paint brush, you’ll need masking tape to protect areas you don’t want paint to touch, medium-grade sandpaper to prep the door, a roller and a tray, a cloth, and a flat-bladed scraper. To make removing the original coat easier, you can invest in chemical paint stripper.

Safety! Make sure to wear protective gloves, goggles and a mask if you’re dealing with dangerous paint.

When you’re preparing your door for repainting, you don’t have to remove all of the original coat right down to the timber. Instead, use medium grit sandpaper to scrape away a light amount of paint from the door. Be sure to rub in the direction of the wood grains. This will help the new layers of paint easily stick to the door and last longer. If you have chemical paint stripper, carefully but thoroughly cover the whole surface of the door with the stripper and ensure it seeps into any nooks and crannies. Again, this will ensure the old coat is removed effectively. When the stripper starts to bubble up, you know it is doing its job properly!

After leaving the door to rest for the recommended time on the package of the paint stripper, clean your flat-bladed scraper and cautiously scrape away layers of the original coat. Once the old paint has been removed fairly and equally across the door, neutralise the stripper by watering the door or using white spirit (this depends on the chemical stripper you used).

Use sandpaper held around a sanding block to erode away any thick areas of old paint and leave your door looking almost unpainted.

Applying the Paint

Painting your front door with your chosen colour is very simple, but getting the colour spread perfect across the entire surface can take just a little bit of time, so you should follow the steps closely to ensure you get the best coating.

Before applying any paint, give it a strong, thorough stir in order to mix up and fairly distribute the pigments in the paint, so that you won’t have any darker or lighter, or thicker or thinner, patches of coating on your door.

Once the paint has been all stirred up, don’t stall long before beginning the actual painting process. It’s recommended that you envision several imaginary “boundaries” on the surface of your door. Six or eight rectangular areas work best, and you should work on one at a top. Start from the top so that any tiny droplets of paint that run down don’t ruin any painting work you’ve already finished.

To get the blend right, paint carefully and lightly in the same direction as the wood grains and try to use an even coating on your brush each time. Go for equally lengthed strokes and try to blend each strip of paint into the one before it. Blend the patches into each other while the paint is wet so they have time to combine and cancel out any differences in pigmentation.

In simple terms, apply the paint cautiously and fairly across the door. You may need to do several coatings and we generally recommend this so that the paint is clearer, more resilient to weather and longer-lasting, so that you won’t have to apply a new coating any time soon. Depending on your type of paint, it could take anywhere from two to six hours for the paint to dry, but it’s usually okay to apply the next coating while the paint is only partially dry. Once you have applied enough coatings, leave the door to dry fully in a well ventilated space, and give it 24 hours just to be safe!


Well, there you go! Once the paint has dried, you can remove the masking tape, re-hinge the door and pack away your equipment. Grab a cup of tea and appreciate your handiwork! Ideally you should have a bold, clear and even coating of paint across your door’s surface with no blotches or scratches and none of the original coating of paint shaping through from behind. If anything looks off, it’s often fine just to take it off the hinges and give it another go over until it’s looking the way you envisioned.

Painting your front door can be a process but if done effectively with the right tools and the correct instructions, you can have it done within a day or two without facing any issues, and be left with a pristine, beautiful and good-as-new front door for your home sweet home!

How to inspect your old door frame.

If you are planning to buy a new Bespoke front door and think your old frame is still in good condition you can check this in 3 easy steps:

a. Check the frame for rot. Use a house key (not a screw driver or chisel, these are too sharp) to poke the cill and the bottom of the frame verticals. You are looking for soft timber. If you find soft timber then the frame is rotten and needs to be replaced.

b. Use a spirit level and tape measure to find out if the frame is square. Most frames are not square. If the verticals are more than 20mm off the vertical line then a new frame is required. If the head or the cill are more than 25mm off the horizontal line then a new frame is required. If the head or the cill are not level then you must tell the customer that the door will not look straight at the top or the bottom, but there is nothing you can do to change this unless you change the frame.

c. Check the frame for cracks/ splits. These can be caused by a break-in in the past. If there are splits around the hinges then the new hinges won’t carry the door and the door might drop. This means the frame must be replaced. If there are splits around the locks then the door may not be as secure and the frame might need to be replaced. If the splits around a lock keep are small, then a London bar might help to re-inforce the frame and the old frame could be kept.

When your frame pass all tests you can buy your dream period front door I our online shop at

Complementing Traditional Period Door Features Part 2 – Our Services

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.

In part two, we’ll look at how you can upgrade your existing door with some modern-day features and still keep the authentic character within your home.

Choosing the Perfect Door Colour

There’s no limit to the colour possibilities available to us today, so when it comes to painting your new period door, you might find yourself overwhelmed by choice. However, it’s always a good idea to revert to tradition. Historically, black and red were popular choices for Georgian front doors, while grey is more common for more contemporary front doors.

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It’s important to decide on a paint colour that perfectly suits both your home and your own personal taste. Consider the exterior of your home and the colours you want to highlight and enhance. Is it the tiling on the porch, or the colourful stained glass panels? Maybe you want to turn the focus to some of the greenery around your Edwardian home, in which case, elegant matt shades could be appropriate such as blacks, navy blues or greys.

Our team of designers can aid in choosing the right colour for your door, showcasing our range of shades and palettes. Then, during the construction of your door, our professional craftsmen will paint the perfect seamless coating, making for long-lasting protection from the elements as well as a true enhancement of style.

Deciding on Door Furniture

If you’ve figured out the style and the colour of your new front-door-to-be, you’ll also want to consider new door furniture, including handles, letterboxes, knockers, door numbers and more. Our expert designers are available to help and advise as to what style would best suit your new period front door. Modern doors look great with polished chrome or nickel accessories, whereas Georgian properties look an absolute masterpiece with burnished or polished brass, especially with more intricate detailing.

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Considering Glazing

From Georgian homes to the 1930s, to even contemporary doors produced today, bespoke doors often boast some form of glazing, whether it’s in the door itself or from a fanlight/sidelight. Thinking back over a hundred years, we must remember that electric lighting wasn’t prevalent in homes until the 20th century, so natural daylight was an absolute must for dark hallways and corridors.

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With our bespoke services, you can choose from a range of beautifully stained glass designs, whether you’re looking for simple and elegant, or something more authentic and intricate. When it comes to incorporating modern features, our team can advise on options for strengthened and frosted glass that enhances both security and privacy for your home, as well as enhancing existing characteristics like surrounding windows, shapes and other detailing.

Get in touch to discuss a free no-obligation visit at a time that’s convenient for you. You’ll be able to see first-hand the many design options available, providing you with plenty of design possibilities to inspire your front door project.


2020, The Perfect Time To Go Back To Georgian?

To get the very best out of your Bespoke Front Door design project, it’s always a good idea to study various designs and consider both their strength and aesthetic style. This will help you decide the kind of look and style you’re going for. 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.

One of the most popular front door designs with Londoners, both today and before, are the ones found in the Georgian era, from the early 1700s through to the late 1830s.

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A Brief History

It was during the early 1700s that the Georgian Front Doors began to get popular in Dublin, Ireland. With Dublin rising to become one of the most prosperous and prominent cities in all of the British Empire, the residents of this region began to build beautiful and elegant be Georgian houses, and what followed was the development of the Early Georgian Front Door, which became widespread across the entirety of the UK, including London.

Typically, before this, London doors consisted of columns of panels that were vertically arranged – with divisions into smaller square panels being common as well. By the mid-17th century, fashionable London doors sported two vertical columns of panels which were often further divided into smaller square or rectangular panels.

Inspired by the ‘panel-look’ of the previous century, Georgian joiners and carpenters chose to build on the style and enhance it as they saw necessary. They would do so by combining the latest fashions with older and more traditional methods of design.

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Georgian front doors were solid, heavy and consisted of six panels each. They often weighed around 30kg each. It was during this era that internal doors (panelled as well as carved) began to emerge as popular and were common especially in the bigger houses. In grander houses, the doors on the main floors were often double doors with ornate door handles and bell rings.


From the 18th Century, all the way to 2020 – the Early Georgian Front Door style still happens to be quite popular with house owners all across the UK, and it’s easy to see why. In fact, one of the most famous front doors in the UK – 10 Downing Street – happens to be an early Georgian front door, famous for its all-black attire. In black, Georgian doors are serious and sombre, and anyone walking through them will be met with a healthy dose of gravitas. This look synchronizes beautifully with the architecture and adds that extra layer of class and grandeur to the finishing of your house.

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It’s got to be said that Georgian front doors are absolute classics, offering a unique and sophisticated look for your home. Whether you plan to coat the panels in bright and quirky colours or stick to sporting traditional dark colours, the overall style and charm of a Georgian door will enhance your home with some serious curb appeal.

1666 and all that …

The diarist John Evelyn lamented in 1666 that “London was but is no more” in regards to the Great Fire that consumed the city with its towering flames. It burned down the mostly timber-built buildings of the City, with many of them medieval. The 1667 Act for the rebuilding of London was not actually the first attempt ever made to control building construction, with thatched roofs having been banned far back in 1212 by the Mayor. However, it was still just the start towards getting a greater grip on the standards of building, with materials, fire safety, and sanitation all being looked after.

Furthermore, the rebuilding was also the first Act to appoint surveyors to ensure all requirements were followed. From the thickness of the walls to the number of storeys, each single aspect was specified for the buildings which would now be built in stone or brick, with the streets needing to be wide enough to fulfill their purpose as fire-breaks. The ‘jetties’ (projecting upper floors) were a common fixture in houses from the old city and caused the fire to spread from house to house rapidly. They were now banned.

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Wren & Hooke’s colossal antique Doric Column

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A sliding sash window recessed behind 4 inches

More Building Acts came forth in 1707 and 1709. They implemented some more lessons that came from The Great Fire. Wooden eaves that projected out were banned while roofs were now non-existent behind the propped up parapet walls. The terraced houses had party walls that had to be continued through the roof, creating a barrier that would block the spread of fires. Following this, a comprehensive legislation was passed to encompass the entire constructed area of London rather than just Westminster and the City.

This particular Act was passed to prevent poor quality construction along with reducing the spread of fire from building to building. Before 1709, you would find London front doors and the window frames flush with the brickwork’s outside face. However, after 1709, the timber doors as well as the window frames had to be set back by 4 inches, which was the thickness of a brick, while windows needed to have a projecting sill. After the Act of 1774, the window frames now had to be recessed into the brickwork in order to keep most of the sash box hidden.

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Raised parapet-wall, Georgian Terrace, Canonbury, N1

Now, for the very first time, houses started to be rated according to their floor area and their value. The rates were four in nature, each with its own specific rules for foundations, external walls, and party walls. The largest houses were awarded the ‘First Rate’, with four stories and over 900 sq ft of floor space sprawling over a basement. The ‘Third Rate’ houses would face principal streets, while the ‘Fourth Rate’ ones were less than 350 sq ft of floor area and faced minor streets. The Georgian street widths had a system of regulation based around the height of the building adjacent to them.

This rating system and the measures against fires led to entire neighbourhoods consisting of flat-fronted brick terraces. The 1774 Act was thus called ‘The Black Act’ due to its prescriptive nature. Its criticisms mainly lied around the fact that it led to repetitive terrace structures which were condemned by the Victorian critics for their uniformity. Nowadays, this act is looked upon favourably since it provided a rich legacy of harmonious and gently urban architecture from the Georgian era.

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Bedford Square, WC1

Spotted: We Come In Pairs

Hi, this is John, but I’m more commonly called Sherlock Holmes around Bespoke Front Door simply due to my exceptional knowledge and eye for front doors. You can read much of my detective work, spotting out the most beautiful front doors around London that everyone should see, here on the blog.

London’s a fascinating place. You can walk around the same streets for years and still find something new in them. It’s going through the same old streets that led me towards finding my latest case. Having found numerous Georgian front doors, grand and otherwise, that I adore with all my heart, I was more than surprised to discover a couple of intriguing and quite wonderful non-identical twin front doors.

What attracted me towards them? Well, they’re edgier than most London front doors and savvy as well. Most of all, they’re Georgian.

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Georgian duo flush front doors spotted in East London

Since the doors barely have shelter to speak of, both of them sport some nice flush panels that help with a swift run off for the rain water. Offering the same kind of door furniture, the same lock placement, similar letting, and a very similar shade of colour, the doors possess a feel that’s both symmetrical and complementary. However, there’s a key difference between the two doors that is actually quite intriguing.

Noticed it yet? It’s not something obvious but it will be once you hear what it is.

The difference is in the fanlight shapes. They are different along with the brickwork that accompanies the door. These differences are actually quite interesting when you notice all of the similarities that they have. What’s even more intriguing is the fact that both doors do not exhibit a single sign of any repair work having been performed on them. Neither are there any noticeable alterations to the build of these doors. This can only lead to one conclusion: these differences were intentional and were added deliberately. Highly intriguing and something that makes this front door Sherlock very curious.

If I had to rate this find out of ten, I would sincerely give it more than an eleven. It has everything I look for in London architecture.

Seeing Woods for the tree

Lucy Greenslade finally knows that doors are made from trees.

First let us get straight to the point: we are discussing strong timber outside doors, commonly your front door, garden doors, and back doors. Veneered doors consist of a slight skin of fine timber that is connected to the backside of chipboard or cheap timber squares – are something totally unique and would require another lengthy discourse. I am eliminating veneered doors today because, in spite of the fact that they make the best internal doors, there are questions about their strength and performance over a stretch of time when they are not covered to the components.

The ‘hardwood’ and ‘softwood’ difference is botanical but not practical. Reporting a door as produced using hardwood is more about marketing them, rather than a sound technical determination. Hardwoods originate from deciduous trees (a tree that drops its leaves before winter) and softwood originates from ever-green conifers. That is the distinction between the two.

The list of TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) Product Directory regarding one hundred hardwoods that are appropriate for carpenters, but not classed as ‘durable’ for usage in exteriors. The list begins alphabetically from Abura and Afrormosia and ends with Walnut and Wenge. TRADA additionally records twenty-five softwoods, running from Cedar to Larch, Pines, and Spruce to Yew. In principle a door could be practically made with any of these, however the handy experience of many carpenters has appropriated the usage to certain objects that those certain kinds of woods are best for: Ash – furniture, Beech – cupboards and worktops, Cedar – cladding and decking, Elm – furniture and pine boxes, Douglas Fir– auxiliary timbers, Hornbeam and hammers, etc. Oak and Pine are flexible timbers and cane be put to numerous uses, including the creation of doors. However, remember that there are critical differences between durability and cost.

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Before, great old Pitch Pine was the conventional selection of carpenters for Georgian and Victorian front doors and windows . These days, great quality, bespoke, outside doors are most generally produced using Oak, Meranti or, progressively, Accoya. Meranti is a hardwood commonly found in south-east Asia. It has an exceptionally thick cell structure and endures generally little shrinkage as it dries out. Meranti doors are more reasonable for painting than for varnishing and recoloring. Oak develops moderately and also dries moderately. Moderate development helps its strength over the more quickly developing pines. However oak has a characteristic tendency to part and twist as its inescapable drying shrinkage causes stresses. There are additionally critical differences in durability and appearance among European and American oak varieties.

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Accoya is not much different as timber except for the fact that it lasts longer due to science. It results from a procedure known as ‘acetylation’ whereby economically sourced softwood is synthetically adjusted to make it surprisingly steady and tough. Despite the fact that it sounds extremely illogical the Accoya generation procedure is non-toxic and friendly with environment. I found that Accoya was the twenty-first-century timber of choice among woodworkers and joiners for painted, top-quality outside doors.

A Flashback to the Early Georgian Era

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An early Georgian front door

This is the lovely case of an early Georgian front door. An amazing period of British architectural design which dates from to 1714 to 1765. This front door is tall, which is a good indication of its period of creation as early doors regularly were tall doors. Unfortunately, many were exchanged with something shorter to permit space for a fanlight above. These introduced more light with the limited direct halls of Georgian homes and, on the off chance that you take a look at the image below, you can see the neighbour’s door exhibiting Georgian era front doors with the fanlight treatment.

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Early Georgian front door street view


So is this an original Georgian front doors? It’s difficult to state if it is. The style fits the bill yet the joinery looks too flawless to even consider having withstood 300 years of London history. Regardless of whether this is a unique Georgian era door, it is without a doubt a stunner. The sign-writing across the door’s rails and the contrast that exists between the black painted pilasters and the warm, varnished timber is bound to make anyone fall in love with it.

Georgian front doors are heavy and solid, with six panels each. I can say from experience of moving these, that they are the most secure you will find anywhere, and come in at around 30 kg each. Wooden front doors have for some time been utilized to cover the front side of structures, with the material often expected to perform very well in a wide range of circumstances. They happen to be very impervious to harm from warmth, corrosion, contamination, and frost. Be that as it may, the main factor for wooden doors is incessant changes in climate condition. Standard development between various temperatures and humidity levels is the thing that inconveniences wooden doors, and is bound to hurt any beautiful adornments or designs that you add to them.

Georgian era front doors were usually made with the use of timber. To make up for the fact that unsealed timber laps up heat and moisture quite fast, they were sealed and were expertly designed with ravishing paint patterns and adornments to give them a striking look, while also protecting the timber inside. It’s a beautiful sight to look at. And this Georgian front door is just that and more.

Making an Entrance: How Your Front Door Matters Part 1

Even when it’s in the simplest possible for imaginable, the entrance to a house needs to be more than just a hole. After all, the entrance needs to block out whatever the weather throws at it, from troubling rain to piercing sunlight. While that might mean just a block of wood, what you see when walking down London is a wild mix of different styles and colours lining the front doors of houses. Varying architecture and exotic colours are what define the front doors of Londoners. More than that, arches and plasters, door cases, steps, railings, fanlights, porches – each of these play their role in constructing an entrance for London homes. While all perform essentially the same function, their designs set them apart.

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Here’s a regular occurrence: you come in from the street by passing through a waist-high gate passing evergreen plants and iron railings before ascending a couple of stone steps to jump onto a platform of tessellated tiles. While you wait for an answer to your knock, you can’t help but notice the decorative canopy sheltering you from the room, while a colourful hue welcomes you from the lighting inside the building through stained glass. The common London entrance procedure.

The front door you see might have a regular four panel arrangement, as is common with Victorian front doors. With a five-panel format and leaded-lights being above the solid, raised, and fielded panels below the mid-rail. The mouldings on such doors are different outside and inside the insert panels. The former are known as “bolections”, a word which is often inferred as a term used for mould that grows outwards. These bolections give a door an aura that spells impressive, structural quality, while also making driving rain less dangerous for the door. Raised and fielded panels usually require more work, craftsmanship, and timber than flat panels do. They help enhance the sense of depth given off by the door by catching light in a unique way.

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When it comes to testing the clarity of an architectural design, a success can be inferred if an incoming person knows where the entrance is immediately. Any building which has to point the entrance simply fails. However, a London front door does far more than just telling people where to enter from. It helps them associate with the building itself and the people who occupy it.

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With just a single glance, the front door can help judge the age of the building, the class and prestige of the people who occupied it, and where they were in English society. In the Clapham photograph, the Georgian front door seen is set within a true semi-circular arch built using painstakingly well-shaped bricks. The neo-classical door-case on display forms a couple of pilasters from which cast stone or carved timber brackets come out to support a compressed entablature. Above the moulded cornice, daylights gently enters via an elliptical fanlight to the hallway. Each and every aspect of this composition relays an air of classicism and, along with it, learning, permanence, and respectability.