Gateway to your home

2016-03-30 06:00
Natural wood has  always dominated when it comes to the materials used to make front doors. Its organic aesthetic and rich natural texture offer a winning combination for making a truly eye-catching feature. PHOTO: supplied

Natural wood has always dominated when it comes to the materials used to make front doors. Its organic aesthetic and rich natural texture offer a winning combination for making a truly eye-catching feature. PHOTO: supplied

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THE front door is the gateway to your home. It is the one part of the house that family members and visitors get to touch and walk through every time they visit you and, as such, it is most certainly something that will be noticed.

Cobus Lourens from Swartland says front doors can leave a big impression on anyone who is visiting your home.

In fact, research has shown that replacing the front door is a home improvement with one of the biggest pay-offs. It is affordable, relatively easy to do, and it makes one of the most visually noticeable impacts.

When choosing a front door, there are obviously practical matters that need to be considered, such as security, energy efficiency and light. However, aesthetics are also incredibly important.

Ideally, your front door should stand out as an impressive focal point. Of course, it should complement the rest of your home’s architecture and décor, but it ought to also stand out as something unique and interesting.

Lourens shares the latest front door trends.

Wooden it be nice

Natural wood has always dominated when it comes to the materials used to make front doors. Its organic aesthetic and rich natural texture offer a winning combination for making a truly eye-catching feature.

Timber also has an impressively low carbon footprint, it offers a long lifespan and, if sourced from a sustainably managed forest, it can be used as a renewable building source.

Let the light shine through

Whether you choose an aluminium or wooden front door, glass panelling is becoming increasingly sought after.

Front doors with oversized glass inserts, surrounding panels, decorative glass inserts, sidelights and transoms are becoming more popular due to the extra light they let into the home.

Bigger is better

Similar to tile trends, large-format front doors seem to be bang on trend this year.

Increasingly, more designers and architects are choosing front doors with added width and height in order to give their designs a more dramatic aesthetic. Also, bigger doors are not only used to make a visual statement, but they also tend to create the illusion of increased interior space.

Matter of colour

Why not use colour to turn your front door into your home’s centrepiece? Choose a standout colour or one that harmonises with the rest of your home’s colour scheme.

From bright pops of colour through to more muted organically natural tones, the sky is the limit when it comes to front doors.

Little things

Installing designer door accents, surrounds and hardware is another growing front-door trend. Just as fashion accessories can make or break an entire outfit, so can these seemingly minor features give your front door that “wow” factor.

Energy efficiency

The current state of the urban environments we inhabit is cause to be more environmentally conscious. Homeowners can now get a range of aluminium windows and doors, as well as ready-to-fit timber wooden windows and doors that not only comply with the building regulations, but are environmentally responsible.

Customisation is key

More homeowners are opting for front doors that have been designed and custom-manufactured to suit requirements. These front doors stand out as sculptural features and speak of the homeowner’s status. - Property24.

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