The best front door ideas will not only complement your home's exterior, but also provide a welcoming entrance that helps to portray your own personal style.
When choosing which front door you want to invest in, there are some key considerations to be made:
- Thermal efficiency
- Durability and maintenance
We’ve rounded up the best front door ideas to help you see what's available on the market.
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1. Timber Front Door Ideas are Great for Adding Charm
Timber front doors blend together the appearance of a traditional front door, perfect for period properties, with modern benefits such as security, thermal efficiency and style.
Traditional-style timber doors work well with modern dooring fittings and lots of glazing so don’t be afraid to mix up your style ideas.
If you own a listed property or live in a conservation area you may want to go for a wooden front door to maintain the charm and character of your home.
Remember, some of the cheaper softwoods can be prone to twisting and warping over time and need to be properly treated and looked after.
2. Metallic Front Door Ideas Add a Contemporary Touch
If you really want to stand out from the crowd why not try a metallic front door? The textured finish of metallic front doors is best suited to contemporary homes and those homeowners that want to create a sense of wow-factor.
3. Pivot Front Door Ideas are Ideal for Self Builds
Increasingly popular, pivot doors rotate on a pivot rather than traditionally swing open and closed. They are best suited to large door openings and are often taller and wider than most standard-fitting front doors.
“The real benefit of pivot hinges is the fact that you can have a very large, heavy door on them,” explains Elizabeth Assaf designer at Urban Front. “Nowadays, I think a lot more people would rather have one large door instead of double doors because it looks much more contemporary.”
4. PVCu Front Door Ideas are Brilliant for Those on a Tighter Budget
PVCu front doors have come a long way in recent years and are an affordable, durable front door choice.
Virtually maintenance free, PVCu doors are a great choice for those looking for something that gives a good thermal performance and security without the hefty price tag.
5. Embrace an Oversized Front Door For a Stylish Idea
A big oversized front door will add an instant style statement and is particularity suited to architecturally-striking homes.
You can create an oversized front door by having a double door opening where two doors join in the middle, or you can take a large pivot door and add lots of glazing around it.
6. Incorporate Glazing into Your Front Door Idea to Flood Your Home with Natural Light
Front doors with lots of glazing are an effective way to open up a dark hallway and create a stylish entrance.
Side panes and fanlights allow you to add lots of design elements to a modern house, while smaller square panes and stained glass can enhance a period property.
There are lots of ways to add glass into your front door, and doorway, so make sure you speak to your supplier to check out all the options.
Remember to make sure all glass in (and around) your front door is made from strong safety glass.
7. Create a Personalised Look with Bespoke Door Furniture
Any front door can be given a makeover with the addition of some new door furniture such as a handle, knocker, bell, house number and letterbox. There are a huge range of shapes and material finishes to help your door stand out.
Look at materials such as copper, gold, stainless steel and rose gold to give your front door the design edge over others, and think about having your door number etched into any front door glazing for a striking, personalised finish.
8. Colourful Front Door Ideas Add Instant Kerb Appeal
“There is a growing trend for choosing a front door that has an unusual, striking or pastel colour,” says John Evans Managing director of Stormclad, “if you are feeling bold, a mustard yellow or vibrant teal can make a real impact and for something more subtle, pastel greens and blues can brighten the front of your home without being too excessive.”
Look at how your front door colour can complement the rest of your home's exterior. Does it work alongside your windows? Or your render or cladding? Do you have a certain colour scheme around your front garden that may impact the choice?
A bold front door colour can be a really easy way to change the look and feel of your home as people approach so take the time to choose carefully.
9. Factor Energy Efficiency in to Your Front Door Idea
Keeping your home well insulated is all part of achieving a thermally-efficient home so you will want to prevent any heat loss through your front door.
Older, badly-fitted front doors may allow heat to escape easily so make sure you fit something new and effective. PVCu and composite doors will be the most cost effective, while aluminium, while effective, will be more expensive.
10. For a Top-of-the-Range Front Door Idea, Choose Aluminium
Aluminium doors tend to be top of the range when it comes to front doors because they are light, strong and extremely durable. And not to mention stylish.
Victoria Brocklesby, COO at Origin says, “Aluminium has a strong, yet lightweight structure, making it the most secure and low-maintenance option on the market.”
Aluminium doors are also ideal for those living in harsh environments, such as on the coast, who may be concerned about the effect of the strong winds and salt water's affect on their home.
Smart and stylish, these front doors are as strong as steel but lightweight allowing them to have lots of glazed window areas too.
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11. Security Should be at the Heart of Your Front Door Idea
There are lots of ways you can opt for a secure door but the two main factors will be the door material, like wood or aluminium, and the door lock.
Everest Windows recommends to always look for British Standard (BSI) Kitemark and PAS 24 accreditations when buying a front door. Plus if you have glass in your front door make sure it’s toughened, security glass.
If you want to incorporate some smart technology in your door security, then considering items such as a video doorbell can be a sensible move.
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Katie is Digital Editor of Homebuilding.co.uk and has worked for some of the UK’s biggest magazine brands over the last 15 years. Katie is as passionate about digital as she is about DIY and has renovated two houses including a 200-year-old cottage and a 1950s semi.
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