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.

Design

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.

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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.  

Warmth

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.

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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.