Di­more Stu­dio share their guide to us­ing fab­rics. Plus, how to get the ideal front door

Kerb ap­peal is im­por­tant, and fun­da­men­tal to a good first im­pres­sion is a hand­some front door. Here’s how to en­sure yours looks the part

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A smart and sturdy front door will add value to your home while also en­sur­ing it’s se­cure and draught-free. ‘Iron­i­cally, im­proved cen­tral heat­ing can cause orig­i­nal doors to warp, and many were con­structed us­ing bone glue, which over time can weaken’ says Kerry Wal­ters at The Lon­don Door Com­pany ( lon­don­door.co.uk). ‘Dec­o­ra­tive glass was of­ten re­moved and locks re­peat­edly changed, all of which can ren­der a door less se­cure or at­trac­tive. If this is the case then a re­place­ment front door can make all the dif­fer­ence.’

If you live in a pe­riod prop­erty, an au­then­tic style is al­ways a good op­tion, and many com­pa­nies have com­pre­hen­sive ranges or can cre­ate a be­spoke de­sign to suit your ex­act re­quire­ments. How­ever, if you live in a newer prop­erty, or sim­ply fancy some­thing more mod­ern, there are some key points to con­sider. ‘Think about the ma­te­ri­als on the out­side of the build­ing, for ex­am­ple win­dow frames, cladding, ren­der­ing, and any met­als or stone, as well as the in­te­rior in­clud­ing the floor­ing, stair­case and other vis­i­ble doors,’ ad­vises Elis­a­beth As­saf at Ur­ban Front (ur­ban­front.com). ‘The front door should stand out, but it needs to work with the rest of the house.’ In terms of fin­ishes, not only does solid wood or a wood ve­neer feel more pleas­ing, it can be stained or painted a dif­fer­ent shade should you so de­sire, and a well-cho­sen door can also bridge the gap be­tween a tra­di­tional façade and a con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior. ‘The key is to choose a sim­ple de­sign in a time­less tim­ber such as oak, or a clas­sic dark colour’ says As­saf. ‘Go for a stain­less steel knob or a lever han­dle rather than a long pull han­dle. Bronze door fur­ni­ture is also a good op­tion.’ Re­mem­ber too, that there is strict leg­is­la­tion con­cern­ing re­place­ment of ex­ter­nal doors, so check lo­cal reg­u­la­tions.

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