Doors primarily provide entry and exit points — if you’ve purchased a home without them, you’re in trouble.
But apart from its functional purpose, a front door says something subtle yet sophisticated about what visitors and residents should expect when they enter.
So if you’re looking for a portal to perfection, here are five-door decor tips.
- Paint colour
The finish and colour of your front door should match your property and establish the appropriate domestic ambience.
Scientific evidence on the emotions certain colours evoke is limited — but it’s fairly common for red to be associated with passion and yellow to spark summery optimism.
Selecting a paint from Dulux Weathershield ensures on-point colour and a weatherproof finish that should last for six years, provided you’ve prepared the surface properly before application.
- Doorknobs and knockers
Doors look delightful when every element of the styling is consistent.
So it’s disappointing when you spot a modern doorknob that’s completely incongruous with a classic four-panel Victorian door — or a vintage knocker protruding conspicuously from a modern PVCu model.
Don’t fall foul of this faux pas — The Door Knocker Company can provide you with British-made ironmongery and brass hardware for traditional and contemporary homes.
Most of your visitors should regard cleanliness as a virtue — otherwise, you’ll soon get sick of them trailing their mucky feet and hands into your interior.
But you can set a tidy tone for social proceedings by choosing a customised doormat from the Mat Factory — high-quality construction will ensure all detritus stays outside and a witty motto will make sure all who enter wipe thoroughly.
If you’re particularly pernickety, install a hand sanitiser dispenser on your vestibule wall — although this might be off-putting for some guests.
The right lighting ensures guests feel welcome and integrates security — for example, you might install lamps which automatically switch on as you approach your property.
But you’ll have to choose the most appropriate installation for your architectural style.
So a lantern on each side of a traditional door combined with concealed lights in the door surround adds a touch of glamour — while uplights create a dramatic look that complements contemporary properties.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, browsing the website for Lighting Direct might help you devise a solution.
- Door numbers
Your door number’s another practical signpost that ensures you receive the right mail and are easily found by first-time visitors — but there’s no reason it can’t blend brilliantly with the rest of your setup.
Picking a personalised number from John Lewis in rustic slate, wrought iron or brass will add a final flourish to your door and ensure every element is completely coordinated — from the handle and letterbox to the knocker and wood finish.
You can also match your new numbers with an oval nameplate attached to your exterior wall for a distinctive look that suits an older property.
So there are five-door decor tips to help you prepare a perfect portal — the centrepiece of an excellent exterior.
What’s your favourite front door design? Share your thoughts in the comments section.