South Manchester period propertyThe first thing people notice when approaching a house is its front door and the style and colour can say a lot about the person who lives there.  I have to admit to having a bit of a ‘thing’ for an attractive front door and I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks out for them when walking the neighbourhood. Where I live in South Manchester there are plenty of period properties and I really love all those characterful doorways with pretty porches, stained glass and shiny letterboxes and doorknockers.

Recently, we’ve been collaborating with home improvement specialists, INVEKA.  They know a thing or two about how a stylish entrance can really enhance your home, which is why there were keen for #tidylife to share some door inspiration here on the blog.  So today’s post looks at a variety of doors and entrances – we’ve also created an accompanying #doorspiration Pinterest board with even more examples, as well as door furniture and other finishing touches.  So whether you like a gentrified style or something a little more urban and edgy, you should find one that appeals to you.

Let’s begin our tour with a few sweet period properties:

period doors south manchesterYou’ll notice that a lot of period properties use decorative glass in their designs.  Not only does this lend charm, those glazed sections allow the light to flood into what can often be a dark, narrow hallway. Using glass panels will really help open up the space inside, especially in old terraces and townhouses.

Check out the use of coloured glass in the next door, plus the little cherub knocker, blowing a horn:

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period doorways manchesterBut as well as pretty doors, I’m quite partial to those that are rustic, industrial or weathered, for the sheer character.  Nor can I resist having a little peek through an open doorway, especially one that tempts you with an interesting interior.industrial-doorwayFlorist shops normally give ‘good doorway’; these examples in Manchester’s Northern Quarter are two of my faves.  First, there’s Frog Flowers, with it’s wood and glass frontage…

frogAnd ‘Northern Flower’ with a floral laden entrance, next to that swirly golden gate.

flowershop-doorwayThe Peveril of the Peak is an old pub I know from years ago as it is opposite the office I used to work in.  The entire tiled facade is stunning, but particularly those decorative tiles around the door:

the-pev-2 These are quite unusual; they’re within a city centre courtyard and perhaps at one time would have been used for deliveries too…

courtyardThis lovely Manchester apartment building is typically art deco in style – and I always think a corner door looks imposing:

1940s-doorwayThe artwork on the either side of this bar entrance makes a great eye-catching feature, don’t you agree?

fitzgerald-portrait-2Finally, I’ve noticed that some of my fellow bloggers have great front doors.  Visually creative people, especially those in the home interiors arena, they don’t tend to shy away from a bold colour or design scheme.  Check out the fab purple front door of Old Fashioned Susie

purple-front-door-brass-hardware-768x1155And the stunning tiled path leading up to the smart front door belonging to Kimberly, who blogs over at Swoon Worthy.

swoon-worthy-door(Did you notice the quirky door knockers too?!)  Meanwhile, with Christmas only 90 days away – yes, really – here’s some seasonal decor, gracing the door of interior designer and stylist, Karen Barlow, last Christmas.

handmade Xmas door wreath(She made it herself, clever lady, and you can check out her fab Instagram feed here for lots more home inspo.)

Of course a front door is not just about the kerb appeal; as well as looking good, you want it to be strong and secure, weatherproof and able to keep the heat in.  Old ones can be terribly draughty, as I know from experience before we changed ours.  At one time, replacement uPVC doors were a bit underwhelming, but luckily now you can get some lovely reproduction designs that look as good as the originals.  Smart, modern composite front doors, like those available from Network VEKA, can be relied upon to create both a stylish and warm welcome.

network-veka-doorHave you got a great front door or have you seen one near you that floats your boat?  I’d love you to share your #doorspiration and don’t forget to visit the pinterest board too.

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