(and we’re far from a grey nation)
What colour should you choose for your front door? From vivid and traditional, pared-down pastel to tailored shades expressing an inner craving for colour, getting it right can lift the front of your home, put a personal stamp on it and even make or break a sale. Now architect and property expert, George Clarke, ambassador for composite door brand Truedor, is lifting the lid on the most popular front door colours for 2017.
The purchasing habits and trends captured since January reveal that, despite Brexit, we’re far from a grey nation. Passionate about encouraging people to be creative with their homes, George Clarke has also put together his top five tips for enhancing kerb appeal.
MOST POPULAR DOOR COLOURS FOR 2017: Traditional jet black, steel blue, pine green and crisp white; Vivid shades of bright yellow, cobalt blue, and purple; Pretty Pastels including primrose yellow, duck egg blue and light violet.
But the colour rainbow doesn’t end there. Truedor also has a state-of-the-art paint matching service, enabling homeowners to choose their dream door design and shade without having to lift a paint brush or paint pot themselves, all combined with the security and eco benefits a composite door brings.
Composite door sales have rocketed in the UK over the past few years1 with more homeowners buying them than any other type of external door. Durability, security and eco-friendly credentials are just some of the key drivers behind why people buy, but limited colour choice has meant you can’t always find the perfect match for your home style or colour scheme. Truedor’s bespoke paint mixing service and RAL rainbow can match even the most obscure shade, whether it’s bright orange, bubblegum pink or even West Ham claret.
GEORGE CLARKE’S TOP FIVE TIPS FOR ENHANCING KERB APPEAL
If you’re feeling adventurous, go for strong, bright colours for your front door but choose a shade that complements your own personal style and the rest of your house. If you’re not feeling brave, black is always a safe bet, or opt for darker shades of blue, plum and green that will still make a design statement.
Symmetry and simplicity at the front of a house is always a good idea. Consider positioning plants so that there’s an equal number on each side for entrance impact and any outdoor lighting will generally always look better in pairs.
Think about stylish hanging baskets, planters and window boxes. Flowers, shrubs and greenery can really lift the entrance to a home and complement the colour and style of the front door. Make sure you water and feed them regularly to keep them in tip-top condition.
Keep it clutter-free
Keep doors, pathways, steps and open porches free from leaves, dust, dirt and other debris and if you’ve got a front door mat make sure it’s kept clean and looks appealing.
The details make the difference
It’s always worth investing in good quality door accessories such as letterboxes, doorknobs and knockers, and try to make sure you choose door furniture that is in keeping with the style and age of your property.
George Clarke comments: “Your front door is the face of your home – it’s the first thing people see, so don’t follow the crowd, design your own and really go to town. With your front door you have more freedom to express yourself, perhaps picking a colour that you wouldn’t normally choose for your interior walls. Changing the front door is a quick win but a real game changer in terms of how people perceive you and your home.”
- Homeowners get the best of both worlds when they choose a Truedor door: all the benefits of a stylish composite door but in a wide range of specialist colours so they can match their door to pretty much any shade they desire.
- IG Doors, owners of the Truedor brand have been making quality composite doors for UK homeowners for over 35 years
- Renowned for its strong, stylish and timeless designs
- Marrying style and security – with the same aesthetic appeal as timber, Truedor composite doors won’t split, are thermally efficient and are fitted with high security, multi-point locks as standard
- Over 30 door styles and, depending on which door you opt for, an array of glazing options and hardware choices (handles, knockers, letterboxes and numbers)
- A colour for everyone – choose from the RAL colour range for a bespoke look or opt for 19 standard colours and finishes.
- ‘Truly Friendly’ promise – working in full compliance of regulations and recycling 100% of the following products: PVC and timber offcuts, sawdust, mixed scrap metal, cardboard, paper, polythene and ink cartridges.
The Truedor ordering process is easy too. Customers can design their own door on the Truedor website at www.truedor.co.uk – cleverly they can even see how their home will look with their chosen door fitted by uploading a photograph of their property and using the website’s online visualiser. Once the final design is submitted, a local installer best suited to the door design is contacted, who visits to measure up and provides a quote. When the quote is approved, the installation begins. For more information visit http://www.truedor.co.uk.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The UK residential door market is now worth £774m and is forecast to grow to £867 million by 2020.
1 Composite doors sales have rocketed in the UK and now account for over 50% of all new front doors purchased, with 22% growth forecast in the next three years.
Truedor works with a nationwide network of over 300 approved installers. Based in south Wales, Truedor products are made by one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of composite doors which has been established for over 35 years and employs over 180 people.