Category: Style and Design Tips

Choose made to measure windows for your property

Although there are many circumstances where standard windows can be a suitable solution, it’s always worth considering made to measure options too. Whether you live in a period property, with unusual shaped openings, or a modern home that has more reliable measurements, there are a number of benefits to selecting windows that are tailor-made for your house.

Perfect proportions


One of the major benefits of going made to measure is the ability to choose windows of any shape and size. If you are struggling to find a suitable replacement for an unusual shaped opening, then choosing a manufacturer that can make a custom replacement could be the perfect answer.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that you can create a unique focal point in any new structure that you are building. For example, if you are extending your home, consider incorporating bespoke triangular windows that will allow additional light to flood in and add to the architectural appeal of the property.


As well as ensuring a window fits perfectly, going made to measure gives you the opportunity to upgrade the specification – offering more flexibility and even allowing you to adhere to building requirements for any work that you may be planning.

Sliding Sash Windows

Many designs will enable you to select the operation of the window, for example with JELD-WEN’s Sliding Sash range you can upgrade to tilt options which are particularly practical for easy cleaning and maintenance. It is also possible to select an assisted spiral balance, making it easier to open and close the window.

Upgrading your windows is also a great opportunity to improve the thermal performance of your home. Moving from single to double glazing will make a big difference, however for the best performance, upgrade to triple glazed products that will give you the highest energy rating whilst also minimising noise.

In addition to this, you can personalise your windows with obscure glazing options for added privacy in bathrooms and any other areas that are exposed. 

Impress with finesse

 Dual Colour Timber Windows

The devil is in the detail, so if you’re looking to add an element of personalisation then made to measure windows will enable you to select finishing touches that not only match your taste, but also perfectly mirror the style of your home.

For a more striking look on the outside of your property and a neutral shade that blends with your décor on the inside, customise your windows with a dual colour finish. In addition to standard palettes, many manufacturers offer windows in any RAL colour too. A factory finished or stained window will also usually come with an increased guarantee, giving you confidence that it will stand the test of time.

Also consider upgrading your hardware with handles, catches and locks that complement your scheme. Polished chrome finishes work well in contemporary properties, whereas antique black and gold may be a better fit for period homes.

Tip: Made to measure for conservation areas

If you live in a conservation area or listed building, it is particularly important to consider the character of your property and what solutions will keep with the overall look. Oak windows have a traditional charm, so upgrading to this material is a great option for period properties.

Oak Windows

Personalising with bar designs will also allow you to create a truly distinctive look with that touch of authenticity. The overall design is an important consideration too, with sliding sash windows working particularly well in more traditional properties and casement windows a great all-rounder that can suit any property.

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Open the door to new interior trends

January is upon us, which means not only a number of resolutions to make 2017 a positive year, but also a host of new interior trends to look out for.

Whether your home has a sleek and contemporary style with clean lines and muted tones, or is host to a more timeless, period feel, you can easily introduce a new design element by updating your interior doors. Here we have rounded up the door trends that should be on your radar.

Real wood


Real wood may be a material that has been used since time began, however aside from being extremely practical due to its durability, the appearance of a natural woodgrain can be a design feature in itself. With different wood types and finishes offering unique textures and colours, it’s easy to pick a real wood interior door that will seamlessly blend into any home. Opt for an oak door for a traditional look, or if you prefer a more modern style, real wood veneers (as pictured above) combine the appearance of a natural woodgrain with a contemporary edge.

Glass panels


Natural lighting is the ultimate interior feature and can transform a room instantly, which is why glass continues to be a key trend. Perfect for small rooms, or areas of the home that can feel enclosed such as hallways, glazed panels allow light to flood in and illuminate the space around. Larger glazing panels allow more light to flood in, however smaller glazing panels still create a feeling of space. For additional privacy, consider a frosted glazing panel, or opt for a design with choice – allowing you to select a glazed option for doors downstairs and a non-glazed equivalent for bathrooms and bedrooms.

Cool greys


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A timeless tone, shades of grey suit interior doors perfectly, with darker hues making a statement and cooler greys setting the perfect accompaniment to a neutral design scheme. Where brighter colours can come in and out of fashion, grey remains a strong feature in 2017 interiors, meaning if you fit doors in this shade, you needn’t worry about painting or replacing them for years to come.

Indoor-outdoor living was big in 2016, creating additional living space by removing the barriers of walls between kitchen/dining space and patios. But this year, consider instead increasing flexibility inside your home by maximising the openings between different rooms. A feature that you can make the most of year-round, folding doors give you the best of both worlds – allowing you to enjoy separate, cosy rooms when you’re having a relaxing night in, whilst also offering potential for open-plan living. Simply fold the door away and watch the space transform.

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Snuggle up behind a beautiful front door this Christmas

We all know that first impressions count and when it comes to the home, these begin at the front door. The entrance to your house is undoubtedly a defining feature that should embody the character and feel of the home, and people, behind the closed front door.

It’s the first thing that visitors, friends and family will come into contact with before they come inside. It’s something that everyone in the house will use and it sets the tone for the rest of your home. Just think of all the famous doors, from number 10 Downing Street to 221b Baker Street; they’re all doors with a story to tell and really set the scene for the people who live there.

With the Christmas festivities just around the corner it’s the perfect time to refresh your front door and find the right door for you. Not forgetting though that looks aren’t everything and there’s so much more to consider than just the style to keep your home warm and safe this winter.


This is likely to be your first thought and the good news is there’s a lot of different options to consider, particularly with timber doors, so you’re sure to find the front door to fit your property and personal style. You can go for a simple, understated style or add interest through glazing designs, interesting panel detail interesting panelling and even vibrant colour choices.


If you have a smaller hall or the front of your house doesn’t tend to receive a lot of sunlight, a door design featuring a glazing detail makes for an attractive choice. It will help to allow natural light to filter through and brighten up any dark corners inside and transforming the front of your property.  


It will also work to withstand all weathers on the outside while working to keep you warm on the inside, and every door option will vary in how it performs so don’t forget to look out for thermal performance indicators such as U values.


Safe and sound

The make-up of a front door will impact on the level of security it can provide and there’s various ways in which this can be improved to give you real peace of mind when locking up every day. Opting for doors that are certified under the police approved Secured by Design scheme, will give you complete peace of mind that your home is safe can sound this Christmas.  

Finishing touches

Once you’ve selected the door design for you, you can then choose whether to finish it in a way that matches your windows from the inside out and even your internal doors.

Dual colour finishes are a great option if you want to create an impact, when someone walks past your home or comes up to ring your bell, but need the door to blend more harmoniously into your interior décor.

And don’t forget about the hardware – choosing the right handle can really add the perfect finishing touch and is another detail that doors made from other materials can’t always offer.

Open up your living space with timber patio doorsets

There’s nothing more uplifting than the sun shining and the smell of freshly mown grass – and the promise of BBQ’s being fired up for some al fresco dining.

It doesn’t get much better, does it?

It’s in our nature to welcome the warm weather with open arms and to grab onto every last moment, as we’re never too sure how long it will be here to stay.

To make the most of the longer, sunnier days, timber patio doorsets are a welcome addition to any home and can really open up your living space. From traditional French two door designs through to folding and sliding options that have large floor to ceiling panes of glass, patio doors let the light in and work to blend your indoor and outdoor living spaces – all year round.


No matter how big or small your home, patio doors are a real option worth considering if you want to make the most of your very own great outdoors whilst welcoming in plenty of natural light to make your rooms feel more spacious and airy. They are also a solid investment and something that will enhance the appeal of your property should you come to move in the future.

There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing the best solution to suit your home…

1. Design: When it comes to design, there are many styles available to suit properties of all shapes and sizes, with made to measure options available to fit even the most awkward openings.

A good starting point is to think about the operation of the doors. A traditional French patio doorset is a good replacement for a window, or if you have a small opening that you want to make the most of. A sliding mechanism can also be the most practical solution in a small area. On the other hand, if you have a larger opening to work with, a full folding sliding patio doorset will really open up the home.


Next, choose a design that’s complementary to your home and don’t be afraid to have fun with the design for example adding bar detailing.

2. Configuration & operation: if you opt for a French doorset then consider whether to add side lights to allow extra light to flood in. 

If it’s a bi-fold patio doorset that gets your vote then you’ll not only need to consider the amount of doors required, but also the way the doors open. Folding sliding doors can be configured with a full set of doors that fold and slide back together, or with a single independent opening for added ease of daily access – whichever works best for you and your family.

And don’t forget to consider whether you want your doors to open in or open out, it may sound obvious but this decision can have a big impact, especially if space is limited.

3. Finish: as with the design, the type of finish you go for will often be influenced by the look of your existing windows. Opting for timber patio doorsets that are supplied fully factory finished will take away the initial stress of finishing them yourself, plus you can choose from a vast array of paint and stain colours.


Oak patio doorsets have high-end appeal, whereas paintable materials such as hardwood or softwood will allow you add interesting paint finishes so you can be as bold or harmonious as you like.  Paint finishes such as slate grey and conservation green are very popular of late and add a touch of personality, white and black are classic choices.

4. Energy efficiency:  patio doorsets as with other exterior joinery products offer varying levels of thermal efficiency. Opting for a patio doorset that offers Low-E coated double or triple glazed units with low U values can increase your home’s energy efficiency and keep heat in which will ultimately save you money on your energy bills.

5. Security: this is usually the number one concern for us all.  When choosing your patio doorset look for ranges that offer high quality hardware including multi-point locking systems. For added peace of mind choose a patio doorset with Secured by Design specification. 

Whether the warmer weather is set to stay or the summer is cut short, with patio doors you can be sure to make the most of your outdoor space whilst making a real difference to your indoor environment, come rain or shine.