Shut the front door

Stylish en­tries that will make the neigh­bours en­vi­ous

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First im­pres­sions count and when it comes to your home, the front door is key to set­ting the scene. More than just the phys­i­cal block be­tween the out­side world and your pri­vate do­main, the front door is the very first thing than de­fines your home.

A plain or unloved front door speaks of a home that is not up to par, while a colour­ful en­trance door con­jures im­ages of a con­fi­dent home­owner who likes to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently, stand­ing out from the crowd.

Whether you live in a free­stand­ing Vic­to­rian cot­tage, fed­er­a­tion ter­race, 1980sera villa home or mod­ern apart­ment, the ethos is the same — cre­ate a wel­com­ing front door, and stand out for the right rea­son.

Set­ting the mood

Sally Knibbs, direc­tor of Sally Caro­line in­te­rior de­sign ser­vice, says vis­i­tors will have a pos­i­tive emo­tional re­ac­tion to a front door if you get it right.

“There may be some con­fu­sion as to what is the best de­sign to choose for your home, 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, high-end 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.”

“The front door sets the tone for what hap­pens in­side. It’s the bridge be­tween the street and your home.”

Hamp­tons-in­spired coastal ren­o­va­tions are huge right now. In this case, a front door from Corinthian with hor­i­zon­tal lines that mir­ror the weath­er­board cladding de­tail is the way to go.

This beach­side de­light on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula bal­ances coastal vibes with some se­ri­ous lux­ury. In­te­rior de­signer Sally Knibbs, who worked on the pro­ject, high­lights how the over­sized, monochro­matic front door sets the scene for this home, with some sim­ple, sil­ver hard­ware. This mod­ern coun­try home al­ready has plenty of white and ch­est­nut stone ac­cents in the fa­cade. In­stead of choos­ing a plain, solid door, the Corinthian blond oak door with an open panel of clear glass al­lows light to fill the en­trance, cre­at­ing a cosy and wel­com­ing en­trance.

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