17 June 2015

7 Things to Consider When Buying a New Front Door

Doors

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A front door is the easiest home improvement of them all. It’s the very first chance for your home to make a great impression on visitors, passers-by and of course even potential buyers – (if you’re looking to sell), so it’s worthwhile spending some time on it and getting it spot on.

We’ve listed some options for you to consider when choosing your new front door, and also a few pointers of how to compliment your new front door:

1. Colour - The most obvious decision you’ll have to face, which colour do you go for? Do you stick with the colour you’ve got, or will you opt for change? Most traditional style houses tend to stick with the rich, deep colour such as black, navy blue, dark green and red, purely because they are timeless and almost guaranteed to look great.

Door Colours

However, there is also the trend of pastel colours coming into play at the moment such as chartwell green, aluminium grey or light grey, cream and the more traditional light oak. 

Pastel Door Colours

Whichever colour option you go for, have a look down the street and get a sense of what will work, or if you’re bold, what will stand out!

2. Frame - So you’ve chosen your door colour, fantastic, but have you chosen your frame colour? What’s a frame colour? See below; do you prefer the clean white edges to compliment the door colour, or perhaps go for matching to give it a seamless finish. Again a decision that is entirely up to you, but one that might make all the difference & one you want to get right!

Door Frame Styles


3. Glass – May not seem like a decision you’re particularly bothered about, but actually glass is extremely important to a front door. For example, do you require complete privacy? That means no glass just a full height solid front door. Or do you need the light coming through because, let’s face it nobody wants a dark hallway! Perhaps both, in which case you could have longer panels of frosted glass, so the light comes in - but the eyes stay out!

Glass comes in a variety of textures, styles and finishes these days, so you should have no problem in finding the right combination that suits you.


Door Glazing Options

Struggling to picture the options? Visit our Door Builder to create your door!

4. Door Furniture – Available in 4 main colours: Chrome, Gold, White & Black. Chrome & Gold seem to be the most popular choice with our composite door range as they look great with any of the colours. If opting for a uPVC door, standard white or black is usually the best choice as it matches the style/finish of the door itself.

Door Furniture
Furniture includes: Handles, weather bars, letterboxes, knockers and…
 

5. Numbers – An odd option to have to consider (or maybe even!), but nevertheless one that is down to personal taste. Some people dislike them, some people love them, if you have a lot of visitors or work from home, it could be wise to have numbers on your door so they can find you easily. Whichever you go for, we’d advise you choose the same colour as the rest of your door furniture, so everything all ties in together beautifully. As far as your front door is concerned, that’s all it needs to sit pretty and look gorgeous down your street. However, you and I both know that there are a couple of finishing touches you can make to really bring the front of your home to life! The hanging basket, or the potted plant? Or both! The most classic way of bringing anything to life, a pretty bunch of flowers. We use them to say sorry, to say thank you so why not “Hey! Look at my new front door!!” You don’t have to go over the top, a splash of colour goes a long way…

Door Numbers

6. A welcome mat? Not only a welcoming gesture for any visitors but also one that compliments your new front door and keeps that hallway flooring spick and span by not allowing any dirty shoes to enter the house! Plus, whoever’s at the doorstep will spend a few extra seconds admiring your new door – (you spent the money so we say it’s totally fine to show it off!)

Welcome Door Matt

7. The hanging basket, or the potted plant? Or both! The most classic way of bringing anything to life, a pretty bunch of flowers. We use them to say sorry, to say thank you so why not “Hey! Look at my new front door!!” You don’t have to go over the top, a splash of colour goes a long way…

Hanging Basket Flowers Door

Feeling inspired and looking for more ways to improve your home? See our Spring/Summer article featuring more home improvement ideas!

If you already know what you’d like, whether it’s a conservatory, porch, windows or a new kitchen, then head over to the Academy Home Improvements website to find your nearest showroom and receive a FREE Quote.

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