Posted on October 07, 2020
The exterior of your home can be fairly limited with how much you can customise and change it up, however there's one place that's always fun to decorate. In fact it's so much fun that there's Instagram pages and Pinterest boards dedicated to them, and that's your front door!
The front door is the first opportunity to showcase your own style and add that initial touch of personality to the home. Whether you're a fan of ornate front doors adorned in accessories or prefer a simple, cottage look, we hope you are inspired to get creative and shake up your front door aesthetic with our inspiration guide.
First up, let's explore some of our favourite paint brands and colour palettes:
Image credit: @farrowandball on Instagram
Farrow & Ball are a household decorative name, known for their sophisticated wallpapers and eco-friendly water-based paints. Not only are their colour options for front doors extensive, but we absolutely love the bright colour options they have within their portfolio. A bright front door not only showcases your personality but is an instant mood lifter to any home visitor.
Image credit: @littlegreenepaintcompany on Instagram
Little Greene's known for their timeless paints and wallpapers, all of which are environmentally friendly and manufactured in the UK. To honour their timeless personality, we've chosen Little Greene as our go-to for classic colour inspiration. Dark navy blues and rich greens are popular front door colours as they complement white stucco houses and traditional red-brick properties. If you're undecided on what tone's right for you, traditional rich colours add elegance to your front door that will remain stylish for years to come.
Image credit: @frenchicpaint on Instagram
Frenchic's Al Fresco range has gained renown for transforming front doors across the UK, especially during lockdown! Frenchic Al Fresco is self-priming, self-sealing, self-levelling with an almost flat matte finish. While neutral tones tend to be the company's best sellers, they have seen an increase in customers branching out into lighter, pastel colours such as their Dusky Blush and Wild Old Sage pictured here.
To bring a little unique colour to your front door without opting for plain white, pastel shades are a great choice and their muted tones allow you to adorn your front door with accent accessories too!
Image credits: @renovating.wisteria.house & @love_this_old_house on Instagram
Edward Bulmer Paint uses the same range of natural pigments that have been used by artists and craftsmen for thousands of years, all created in their Hereford studio. They have a beautiful colour range of greys which are eternally on trend and work well in both historic and modern exteriors.
If you're looking for a paint supplier that's local to the Cotswolds, Bailey Paints based in Stroud provide a fantastic selection of exterior paint brands for your front door from Farrow & Ball to Little Greene. Keeping up with the design trends, they have a great collection of neutral colours on offer which are soft and inviting but still very traditional.
The colours pictured are Mid Lead and Bone China Blue from their Little Greene collection, but you can explore all of the exterior paint options from Bailey Paints here.
Image credits: @deniz.gustavsson & @around_the_bee on Instagram
An essential to complete the aesthetic of any front door is a beautifully crafted door knocker. Door Knockers from The Door Knocker Company are made in the UK using traditional casting methods and the designs date from the Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Image credits: @georgianhouseproject & @thehousethattedbuilt on Instagram
The humble door knocker is a throwback to days before the modern doorbell, and so it only seemed fitting to share some traditional designs from the Door Knocker Company too. We love the majestic regency style Castle Lion door knocker for being a statement piece and its large proportions make it suitable for larger doors.
The hare knocker is also fantastically detailed and adds character to any door. It's created using a traditional sand casting method and is then hand polished to perfection.
Wreaths are not just for Christmas and are beautiful at any time of the year as a celebration of each season. Honeysuckle and Hilda is a small florist based in Oxfordshire and create unique wreaths that reflect the outdoors at its untamed best. If you'd love a wreath handmade by Claire from Honeysuckle and Hilda, you can reach out to her here.
If you'd prefer to get crafty and make your own wreath, you can join the florists from Daylesford to learn how to make their signature Daylesford Heart or Wreath, using natural and foraged materials, including willow, moss, wood, bark, blossom and seasonal plants and flowers.
Their next wreath-making workshop takes place on the 14th October but they have plenty of workshops on offer throughout the month and November. You can peruse dates here on their website.