A front door can tell other people much about those living in the house beyond it. How you choose an entry door can tell you a lot about yourself. So, pull up a beverage and find out who you really are.
How do you choose an entry door? The most important decisions you’ll make about an entry door are the colour and style.
A funny thing happened around 2010. There was a shift to a more contemporary style. Everything changed in its look, and those who could, rushed to jump on the modern white design chariot.
However, for most people, their home renovations happen piecemeal. Partial renovations create conflicting styles on the outside and inside of your home, making choosing a style for your entry door conflicting.
Be brave. If you are changing your door before you can finish your other exterior house renovations, you have two choices:
- You can pick a less expensive just for now door that matches your current exterior style. Consider realistically whether your wish list of renos will likely happen within the next five years.
- Or, know exactly how you’ll renovate the exterior in the near future and get the door of your dreams now that will match the future updates.
Any rule, including those of colour and design, can be broken given the right circumstances. The following guidelines will hopefully help you start choosing a new entry door.
The best principle to keep in mind is one of creating visual blocks. Put each of these three together on the front of your house:
- large-sized blocks of colour on large structural components
- medium-sized blocks of colour on medium-sized structural components
- small visual accents peppered sparingly
These are your house’s components or blocks:
- The front garden or lawn (large component)
- The roof (large component)
- The face of the house (large component, usually)
- The windows (large or medium components depending on the overall space taken)
- The entry door system (large or medium component, depending on its size)
The rules for blending design styles:
Avoid creating a look that causes your eye to jump from one busy thing to another. A balance between detailed interest and calm is needed between the house’s individual components. Only one of the house’s abovementioned components (in blue) can be visually busy. Usually, it’s the face of the house.
- If your house has a mix of stone veneer, siding and stucco or has many structurally varied parts that come forward, or extend higher, or are completely different shapes, it is a lot for our eyes and brains to make sense of so the rest needs to be calming and simple.
- Solution: In this case, the door and sidelights should be one colour and kept to a minimal design.
- Alternatively, for instance, if you paint the face of a multi-patterned house all one colour, you lessen its busyness.
- Solution: You can have a slightly busier front door if you make a busily patterned house front, one colour.
- If your house has columns, they are considered medium-sized components, which is visually pleasant. However, if they are in the door’s vicinity, they add visual busyness around the door.
- Solution: Repeat a visual of the columns in the door’s sidelights and colour block everything. If you can create a large enough block of colour, such as white on sidelights, door trim and columns, you can use an accent colour for your door. Note the repeating of the small accent visuals in the door’s wrought iron of the door sidelight glass and metal chair back.
- The white double door example can only work in the same colour as the columns, house facia, brickmould and eve. It creates a perfect block of colour and component block. They are just too large a contrast block, when side by side, to be painted an accent colour. So, only the single door in the other example works as a small accent colour block that doesn’t visually compete.
The rules for blending and choosing colours:
The rules of colour follow the same rules of blending design styles.
- If you spray paint all of the faces of the house the same colour, or if the busiest patterned component of your home is made up of monochromatic colours (various shades and tints of one colour), its busyness is lessened.
- Solution: You can move closer to a bright accent colour on your front door.
- A dark front door works well with a home with dark tones.
- Solution: The large colour blocks should be similar in saturation, meaning their intensity should be equal.
- If your brick or siding is lighter, consider keeping the colour palette all lighter, with only one component, the mid or darker tone.
- Solution: The roof could be the dark component, and the facia, eves, and windows a tint or tone of white or light brick. The door could be an accent colour if it didn’t compete with the busyness of components near it.
All photo examples are provided through Gentek, KV and North Star Doors. All our door suppliers have specific company colours and can match your custom colours.
Call Forest City Window & Door Ltd. at:(519) 659 6906 to see door and colour samples.
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What are the benefits of a Multi-Point Lock System on a door?
Choose a contemporary-styled or more traditional one; all of Forest City’s doors have an optional multi-point lock system. The multi-lock mechanism provides extra security and prevents deflection or warping caused by excessive sun exposure on a south or west-facing wall. Argon gas between the panes of glass provides the best thermal insulation possible in double Low ‘E’ glass with layers of transparent slivers deflect the summer heat.
A Sampling of Standard Paint Colours and Stains: