Shut the front door
Stylish entries that will make the neighbours envious
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.