What your front door says about you
FROM early Chinese and Greek philosophy, through to modern times, front doors and entryways have always been upheld as a representation of the character of those living inside.
This is according to Cobus Lourens from Swartland, who says not only does your front door play a big part in your home’s kerb appeal, but it also says a lot about the people who live behind it.
From style, colour, shape and size, all these elements play a role in defining the first impression your home makes.
Door styles One of the most important aspects of a front door is that it needs to complement the architectural style of the building in which it is featured.
For example, do you prefer the orderliness, practicality and simplicity of uncluttered and streamlined contemporary styles such as those inherent in aluminium front doors? Or are you more whimsical and romantic, preferring the more traditional or classical styles such as those featured in Swartland’s Cape Culture and Winsters timber ranges?
Door colour Your front door can be finished in a wide array of colours and treatments — from bold neutrals like greys, blacks and whites, through to genuine timber tones or bold pantone-type hues.
According to colour psychology charts, neutral tones reveal that you prefer elegant, sophisticated styles, and that you are generally a practical and calm individual.
Natural timber tones show that you admire the unique grains of genuine timber and its classical appeal. If this is your preferred choice, you are generally a homely type, nurturing, generous and kind.
Brighter tones on the other hand, mean that you like to stand out from the crowd and make a statement. Adding a bright colour to your front door is a great way of making your home’s front entrance pop, adding a bit of personal flavour.
Door shape Although there are exceptions, for the most part, front doors are generally rectangular in shape as this is by far the most practical option for front door design.
However, if you are an individual who values customised solutions, and appreciates ample light in your home and access to the outdoor vistas, it is possible to shape the installation using additional sidelights and top lights.
These are glazed units that have been designed to be installed either on one or both sides of a front door, or above it. They add to the overall perceived size and height of the installation and its overall aesthetic appeal.
The glazing is practical, as it lets in light and views from the outdoors, and its glazing can either be plain, opaque, etched, bevelled or ornate stained glass — the choice is yours.
For those who admire the orderliness and simplicity of clean design lines, you can opt for straight, rectangular sidelights and top lights with plain or opaque glass.
However, if you have a penchant for the more glamorous, old world-type styles, why not opt for a half-round top light with an eye-catching stained glass insert to add some sophisticated charm to your front entrance?
Door size The size of your door should be in proportion to the size of your home. If you have a large home, then your front door needs to be adequately large. If you own a small home, not only will a large front door look out of place but it will also make your home seem even smaller than it is.
Having said that, it is easy to see how large front doors create a bigger visual impact and establish the perception of wealth, success and high standing.
You can opt for a single front door or a double front door to make a grand statement.
If you own a small house, but you have your heart set on a double front door, then it is advisable to select a pair of doors with a narrow width to ensure that they don’t overwhelm the entrance.
Standard door widths range from 813mm for a single door, and between 1 210mm and 1 612mm for a double door. The standard height for a door is 2 032mm.
Although, strictly speaking, pivot doors are also single doors, they tend to make more of a visual statement, as they are larger than the standard-sized single doors, measuring between 1 200mm and 1 500mm wide, and 2 032mm and 2 400mm in height.
Adding a bright colour to your front door is a great way of making your home’s front entrance pop, adding a bit of personal flavour.