Investigating Front Door fashions

Investigating Front Door fashions

Westbury Windows & Joinery, manufacture of the finest quality timber Entrance doors, investigate the fashion and preferences of the UKs front doors.

New research by Westbury Windows & Joinery, the UK-based designer and manufacturer of standard and bespoke windows and doors, shows that white is the most popular colour for wood front doors or entrance doors in the UK today. Natural stained and/or varnished finishes are the second most popular choice with black in third place.

Other traditional colours such as Oxford Blue, Racing Green and Postbox Red were next most prevalent, followed by paler hues such as greys, Celadon Greens and Duck Egg Blues.

Jonathan Hey, Managing Director, Westbury Windows & Joinery said: “When you open a front door or entrance doors, it is said that you shake hands with the house, so to make a good first impression a house needs a solid, well maintained door that is in-keeping with the style of the property. Whether you are selling your property or just want to make guests feel welcome, selecting the right colour, style and material cannot be overlooked.”

Tips for choosing the right door and colour:

• Invest: See the door as an investment and don’t scrimp on the budget - a solid timber, high quality door will convey a lot about the rest of the property, as well as providing far greater security than cheaper alternatives.

• Colour: Select colour with caution - traditional tones are appealing to most people but anything too contemporary or unique could be a turn off. Gloss works best for most doors. If you live in a listed building or conservation area, it is worth checking whether you need permission to change the colour of your entrance door.

• Paint: Ensure the entire door receives three coats of paint - this will ensure that it does not rot, warp, expand or shrink.

• Furniture: Choose door furniture with care and to complement the chosen colour - chrome finishes look best on contemporary doors whereas brass suits most traditional colours.

• Style: Match the door style (panelling, glass insets) to the property and in a modern new build property, consider whether you can accommodate a double-fronted door as this helps a property look more spacious. If your property has no specific heritage then you can choose any style but traditional designs still work best in most settings.

• Fan Lights: Match your door style with clerestory otherwise known as fan lights. These sit above the door and create a feeling of grandeur as well as allowing light to permeate the hall area behind.

• Maintenance: A badly kept front door will reflect badly on the property within. However, a high quality new door will require little maintenance other than a regular clean and repainting every 5-6 years.

Chris Wood, Sales & Marketing Director, Westbury Windows & Joinery said: “Westbury already has an enviable reputation for its Garden Rooms, Orangeries and Conservatories. The Westbury’s brand attributes of; exceptional design, attention to detail, and a commitment to the environment, are all directly transferable to the timber windows and doors market. Having previously helped build an extremely successful and profitable premium brand, with a turnover exceeding £10 million my intention is to build upon the already strong Westbury brand and present it to a wider architectural marketplace. I was more than delighted to accept Jonathan Hey’s offer as his vision and genuine commitment to UK manufacturing will enable the Westbury brand to flourish in the top end of the timber window and doors market. I am confident that Westbury will become a considerable force in the windows industry and a by-word for craftsmanship, precision and quality.”

Westbury offer a wide range of classic and contemporary windows and doors, designed with traditional styling and made using modern manufacturing process, this giving longevity of both design and construction. Westbury provide this standard range alongside bespoke fenestration design service for architects and developers, creating products to suit the precise requirements of the client.

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