As it’s one of the first things that people see when they come to your home, your front door is worth investing in. A beautiful front door can create a great first impression to visitors and make you feel happy to be home.
As an external part of your home, your front door can deteriorate over time. If your door needs some care and attention after a hard winter or you even just fancy a change, read on to find out 5 ways to give your front door a new lease of life.
One of the simplest ways to revamp your front door is to repaint it. You can do this yourself or hire a tradesperson to do it for you, whichever you’re most comfortable with. What may not be so simple, however, is choosing which colour to paint it.
With as many colours as you can think of available, choosing a new front door colour can be a tricky task. To make it easier, think about what you want the colour to do. Do you want your door to coordinate with your outside walls? Or match the room it opens into? Do you want to go for bright and bold or subtle? Does the age of your property make a difference to your front door colour?
Another helpful tip to help you choose is to get your hands on some paint samples. Stick them to your door for a while (24 hours if you can) and see which one you like the look of the most. Leaving the samples on for a while will mean you get the chance to see what the colour looks like in different lights and as the door opens and closes. And once you’ve decided on a colour you like, don’t be afraid to go for it. The worst you’ll have to do is repaint it if you think you’ve made a mistake.
2. Coordinate your plants and your door
Once you’ve got a new front door colour, have a go at coordinating it with your garden. Think about the plants that you might see on the way up to your front door and try to work the colour of your door in there somewhere.
If you don’t have a front garden or aren’t feeling particularly green-fingered, see if you can find some plants to put in your porch or next to the door frame. Matching your plants with your door should really bring out the colour in a subtle but attractive way. Just make sure you get plants that will thrive in the light and temperature conditions outside your front door – dead plants aren’t likely to have such a positive effect.
3. Consider a modern design
Traditional front doors often have little or no glass, and if they have any it tends to be in the top half of the door. It’s hard to go wrong with traditional designs; they can suit a range of property styles.
However, if you want to ring the changes and get something a bit more modern, consider going for more glass. Light shining through a door that is 50/50 or almost entirely glass will create a welcoming feel and an original effect.
4. Invest in new numbers
If you’re happy with the colour and design of your door, an easy way to give it a new lease of life is to invest in new door numbers. There is a wide range of door number sizes, colours and styles to choose from, so you can be as creative as you want to be. Before you start shopping, have a think about where you want the numbers to go and how big you need them to be. New door numbers can be a great way to revamp your door but unless they’re visible they’re pretty pointless.
5. Get a new knocker
Like numbers, a new knocker is a simple and easy way to get creative with your door. There are so many styles out there – from traditional to unique – that you should be able to find a knocker that you like and looks great with your door. Knockers are usually made of metal, so make sure you think about what type will suit your door colour and style before you order one.
So whether you’ve got a strict budget or you’re ready to replace the whole thing, there’s a way to change up your door. And as it’s spring and we’re finally free from the winter weather, why not get out and give your front door a new lease of life?