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Front door design

Your front door design isn’t the only thing that makes it perfect for your home. The accessories that you add once it’s hung can complete the overall aesthetic, this includes handles, numbers, knobs, letterboxes and locks. Finish of your door furniture can also be important as it ties everything together.

Door knob

Traditional doors boast traditional door knobs and while new uPVC doors might not include the iconic door knob, that’s not to say you shouldn’t have one. If you have a traditional front door then consider which door knob might suit your home based on the period of your home, but if in doubt, a simple and traditional knob always works well.

Georgian doors showcased hand-crafted iron door knobs in black, later evolving into the well-known beehive door knobs. Into the Victorian period, the beehive shape continued to grow in popularity, with door knobs becoming more and more elaborate and ornate, becoming a focal point of the front door.

Door knocker

Door knockers aren’t as commonly used nowadays as many people prefer doorbells, however if you are installing a new solid wood front door or even updating your existing one, you might want to consider one if it’s appropriate for your homes period.

From the middle of the 1700s, cast iron door knockers were used on homes and during the Georgian period they were typically painted black, however, this evolved into more elaborate designs using lion heads later on, which was considered to bring luck to the household. The lion design would have been brass or bronze and popular into the early 1800s.

Letterbox

You might be surprised to know that the first letterboxes were installed in 1849 and they have come a long way from a hole in the door with a simple flap.

Today there are many options to choose from, and size and material are also taken in to account. Traditional brass letterboxes or stylish chrome ones are still popular choices, however simple uPVC ones are available to make replacing your letter box easy as well – though not always a good choice for a solid wood door.

If you are choosing a traditional period door, such as Victorian, you may go simple to complement the door or want something more akin to the time. Victorian letter boxes where made from cast iron or polished brass, with the word ‘Letters’ embossed onto it. Some even boasted a built-in clapper.

Numbers

Showcasing your homes number can be done in many different ways. Some opt for traditional numbers on the door itself, which is considered elegant and traditional, while others choose plaques. Plaques can be quite traditional themselves, although the trend for very contemporary, squared off and simple number plaques has been popular, especially with new build homes, in recent years.

The less common choice of a large number to the side of the front door is also a simple and interesting option, though ensuring it is well lit is a priority as it may be out of reach of an outside light depending on where it is.

Trend such as numbers etched into the glass or above the door are also popular depending on the era of your property. We recommend trying to stay in keeping with your homes time period to get the best results for your home.