What colour to paint your front door
We’ve already put together some ideas for front door colours and what they say about you. But if you want to make your doorway truly Instagrammable, solid wood could be the best choice. In a recent survey, 26% of the most ‘liked’ front doors were timeless and neutral.
But wood can be high maintenance. The best thing about paint is that it’s easy to experiment. Find what you love and what makes your home pop, then change it when you get bored or need an instant update.
You could even change colour with the seasons. Try iconic blue or dark grey for the winter months, then switch to zingy happy colours that put a spring in your step. Gorgeous yellows, delicate lilacs and blush pinks will add plenty of personality to your doorstep.
How to light your front porch
Good outdoor lighting is a must-have. It’s warm and welcoming, especially in the colder months, and it boosts your home security all year round.
It’s essential that the lighting you choose feels inviting, so add a pair of lights on either side of the door or use discrete uplighters to cast an ambient glow. Light your porch to create a welcoming feel or highlight any architectural features for a distinctive look.
Solar lighting is affordable and easy to install and can add character to your property. Try lighting your path or planters to make a feature of your frontage. Good lighting makes it easier to find your keys in the dark, as well as creating a strong style statement.
Add greenery around your front door
Greenery is the easiest way to add natural kerb appeal to your front door. Think picture-perfect country cottage with abundant hanging baskets or the architectural impact of well-trimmed topiary outside a townhouse. Nothing brightens a space more effectively than greenery.
Even if you only have room for a couple of containers beside the front door, you’ll frame the entrance giving it an instant update. Grasses are low maintenance and create a beautiful softening effect, while evergreen shrubs are more sculptural. Herb planters are both useful and beautiful and produce a delicious scent as you brush past. Get creative, but remember that symmetry always creates a polished look whatever your style.
Choose complementary door furniture
When it comes to creating a pulled-together look for your front door, the devil is in the details. Give your visitors a foretaste of your personal style using door furniture that reflects your taste and gives your door a fresh new look.
The rule of thumb is to keep door knockers, knobs and letter plates in proportion with the door. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring contemporary style to a period doorway. Choose simpler and more streamlined designs in stylish and sleek chrome or brushed aluminium for instant modernity.
If you prefer a more classic style, look for vintage styles in antique black to create the look. Wrought iron door furniture works well for country living style. Whatever you choose, keep the style consistent across all your fixtures for an elegant and timeless appeal.
Add a number or name sign
Adding a number or name sign is the perfect way to express your personal style. Adding a bold house number will update your home fast. A hand-painted or ceramic number has a lovely homespun and traditional feel. Or try bold contemporary fonts for an effortlessly modern look.
A house number can be incorporated into a wall-mounted planter or lit with a solar uplighter. You could paint your house name or number on slate or terracotta tile or even a series of flowerpots. If you’re a keen crafter, a homemade number or name sign is the ultimate way to express your personality. If you prefer a modern look, outsize chrome numbers offset mounted are sleek and stylish.
Hide your bins
Wheelie bins on display are a quick way to undo all your hard work in creating a fabulous entry to your home. The good news is there are plenty of inventive ways to hide them.
Simple wooden storage painted to match your front door looks neat and tidy. Wheelie bin screens have a simple and contemporary look and are best for small spaces.
If you love the look of greenery outside your front door, try creating a living roof on your wheelie bin storage. Planted up with low maintenance succulents or cushions of herbs, this is a practical and beautiful way to hide those unsightly bins and bring some colour to your doorway.
Get a glazed front door
If your front door is looking dated and tired and desperately in need of replacement, consider glazing. A glazed front door is a beautiful addition to any home, letting natural light flood into your hallway. And, depending on the glazing you choose, it can completely alter the look and feel of your home.
Frosted panels look effortlessly cool and contemporary while deterring nosy passers-by. If you have space, sidelights and transoms are a beautiful addition, while coloured glazing has a lovely traditional decorative appeal. Make sure your panes are double glazed to combat excess solar gain and provide additional security.
Sleek and modern or cosy with period-style accents and leading, a glazed front door is a flawless and stylish way to update your home.
Reflect your style with a Britannia composite door
At Britannia Windows, we’re specialists in double and triple glazed doors and windows. If your front door needs updating, our range of fabulous composite doors will suit every style from classic to contemporary.
Try designing your ideal front door with our easy to use design tool and pick from our extensive range of colours and finishes. Then visit your local showroom or contact us today to find out how our doors can help you express your style.