How the front door can be a master­piece

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so peo­ple might go for the safest op­tion, which is some­times the bland­est,” she says.

“The thing is — and this is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber — the front door sets the tone to what hap­pens in­side. It’s the bridge be­tween the street and in­side the home, so you need to choose wisely.”

Even if you’re not com­pletely sold on a brightly coloured door, there’s noth­ing wrong with think­ing out­side the square with in­ter­est­ing hard­ware de­tails.

“I like to think about the front door as some­thing the client may want to have in­put in,” Sally says.

“It’s a per­sonal ex­pres­sion and even the tini­est de­tail will make a dif­fer­ence.”

Sally, who is also work­ing with Corinthian Doors, says big, over­sized doors will con­tinue their dom­i­nance in the ar­chi­tec­tural mar­ket­place.

“When ar­chi­tects are de­sign­ing, the fo­cus is now on large hall­ways,” she says. “You don’t want to feel like you’re walk­ing into a pokey cor­ri­dor. To ac­com­mo­date this, you need a large en­trance door, which au­to­mat­i­cally makes the home seem grand.”

Over­sized pivot doors, mea­sur­ing 2340mm by 1200mm, have be­come the de­signer doors du jour, and most com­pa­nies will cus­tomise even big­ger pivot doors for clients seek­ing that ex­tra point of dif­fer­ence. In the dis­play home mar­ket, builders such as Fair­mont, Beech­wood and Mont­gomery Homes have decked out their larger, high­end homes with over­sized doors to add to the luxe feel.

WHY COLOUR RULES

Colour will al­ways be some­thing of a de­sign as­pi­ra­tion.

But while many peo­ple can see the ap­peal and charm of a colour­ful front door, some are re­luc­tant to see it through.

Du­lux colour ex­pert An­drea Lu­cena-Orr says this is a com­mon theme, but it’s time for home­own­ers to take charge.

“Don’t be afraid to be play­ful with the look of your en­trance,” she says, adding it’s also the most cost-ef­fec­tive way to give your home a mood boost.

“Paint­ing a door is the eas­i­est way to change the look of the home; it’s a quick and sat­is­fy­ing pro­ject you can com­plete in a day.”

She agrees that per­son­al­is­ing a door is the eas­i­est way to re­flect the home­owner’s style with­out hav­ing to ren­o­vate the en­tire in­te­rior or ex­te­rior.

Char­coals and blues are trend­ing in doors right now, in­clud­ing lighter blues, grey­ish blues and deep, dark blues.

“The power of a blue door is par­tic­u­larly en­hanced when com­bined with stone and brick or neu­tral ren­der colours,” says An­drea. “Add a new door­mat or a colour­ful or pat­terned planter to com­ple­ment the front door and you can com­pletely trans­form the front ap­pear­ance of your home.”

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