Whether you’re thinking of selling your long-time home, or you’ve just moved into a new property and want to overhaul the previous aesthetic, there are plenty of things you can do to update your front door, transform its appearance, and enhance its kerb-side appeal.
But for anyone who’s never done extensive home decoration and DIY projects, giving your front door a makeover can be an intimidating prospect, especially if you’re trying to maintain a consistent look with the rest of your home’s exterior.
So, to give you some ideas on how to update a front door, here are the key renovations we’d recommend to breathe new life into your entryway.
It goes without saying that a clean home is an appealing home, whether that’s inside or out, so, even if you’re planning to change your door entirely, your first step should still be to give it a good old clean.
But by clean, we don’t mean simply wiping it down with a wet cloth. From buffing up the paintwork to blasting out all that grime under the pesky area underneath the door itself, a lot can be achieved by a thorough scrub down.
And as an added bonus, once your door is sparkling, you’re probably going to notice another thing or two that might need replacing, giving you the opportunity to redecorate your front porch even further.
If you’ve bought a new home and aren’t a fan of the front door colour, or you’ve just grown tired of looking at the same old shade each day, there’s nothing quite like repainting your door to add a new style to your porch area.
And even if you don’t want to change your door’s colour, it’s not uncommon for the paint to fade and peel over time when exposed to the unpredictable UK weather, so there’s really no reason not to repaint your door if it’s looking a little rundown.
Here at Express, we have over 200 RAL colours for our doors, as well as metallic finishes, so we recommend talking to a colour expert to make sure you find the best tone to match your home, based on your personal preference.
Cleaned up your door and realised that you don’t really like the way it fits in with your home?
Maybe it’s the wrong colour for your home’s aesthetic or it’s simply old and worn down from being opened and closed on a daily basis; either way, replacing your door is the perfect opportunity to explore the vast range of options available to you on the market.
From contemporary to traditional designs, you might feel a bit pressured by all the choices before you. But the important thing to remember is to pick something in keeping with home’s your exterior style.
For example, if you want a more modern door, then we have a wide range of premium front doors for you to pick from in the Express collection that can quickly become the focal point of your home.
While trims are common on many doors, not every entryway has one. But adding in the right trim can be a great way to enhance what you love about your door, especially if you pick a contrasting colour to make your main door shade really stand out.
On the other hand, you could also make your door seem larger by picking a matching colour or even make it a statement piece with a wood, brick, or vinyl material. Most trims are easy enough to install on their own, making them a great option for someone looking for a stylistic addition to their porch
Naturally, you might clean up your door only to realise that you only need to replace some of the exterior hardware to bring it to life. From your house number to your door handle, there are plenty of parts to your door that you can buff up, adjust, or swap out entirely.
Just remember that you’ll probably need to do a touch-up on the paint and another clean once you’re done.
Without a doubt, the most used parts of your door are going to be its handles and knocker. Using something every day is eventually going to wear down the quality of the material in use, and if your front door is old, the chances are your handles and knocker are feeling the strain.
In some cases, a simple buffing of the metal might be enough to revitalise these important parts to their former glory, but there’s no harm in swapping this hardware out to refresh your door’s look.
Although we barely see them, especially from the outside, door hinges are a pretty important part of your door’s structure. So, if you find that your door is tugging when opened or doesn’t sit in its frame properly, either tighten up those hinges or get an entirely new set to solve the problem.
Last, but not least, a new house number or name can be the perfect way to update your home’s exterior, making it more distinct and welcoming. This an excuse to buy those number designs you’ve had your eye on or finally pick out something that works with a more contemporary feel.
The same goes for your bell and letterbox, both of which can be swapped out to reflect the feel of your home and brighten up its exterior.
It might not directly be part of your door, but sometimes all you need to do to rejuvenate your porch is to adjust your entryway lighting. After all, there’s nothing cosier on a dark night than being greeted by a warm glow from your home.
And adding in new lighting comes with more bonuses than just aesthetic pleasure. They make it easier to find your keys when you get back late and locating your lock will be no problem.
In most cases, a wall light can be both functional and stylish, fitting in with your aesthetic, regardless of whether you’re going for a traditional feel or something more modern.
If making your home more appealing is the overall goal of your front door makeover, then nothing says welcome home quite like some added greenery. Even if your home aesthetic is more industrial, plants can both complement and soften the tone of your front door.
If you’re opting for plant pots, we recommend a symmetrical look, with matching sets on either side of the door. Or, alternatively, you could add a pop of colour with a bright planter instead. And if it’s a modern look you’re after, a living wall of plants is a great addition to any door and porch area.
The welcome mat is an important part of any front door experience and a great way to inject a little bit of personality into your home. And by picking up a new design you can easily change it out when you need to, letting you make your entrance more seasonal, colourful, patterned, and tailored to your tastes all year round.
Even a small update to your door can often lead to a complete transformation, and with these tips to hand, you should have no trouble completely revolutionising the look of your home. But why stop at just updating your front door?
At Express, we offer a range of home products, including aluminium windows, bi-folding doors, and sliding doors. Not only that, but we also manufacture all our bespoke products in-house and will personally install them to perfectly fit your home’s measurements.