What your front door says about you

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

— Prop­erty24

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.

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