Doors have an incredibly deep-set influence in Western Culture. Their symbolism is conflicting: it can mean a way in or a way out, inclusion or exclusion, security or threat, mystery, opportunity, somewhere safe or something unknown. Doors crop up in cultural references all the time from common set phrases such as “show him the door” to metaphors such as “a foot in the door” and “my door is always open”. Doors also show up in literature frequently and songs too. Some famous songs about doors include “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan. Doors are brimming with meaning – but what does your own front door say about you and your home?
As a leading door supplier in Manchester we know that when it comes to replacing or renovating your front door it’s important to get it right. The door to your home is the initial entrance point, and for those who have never visited before, it is the first impression. If you have a shabby door then people may assume that the inside is also similarly dilapidated. A door is very similar to the cover of a book or trailer for film: it gives you a sneak preview and sets up your expectations. Having a smart door is especially important if you are trying to sell your house or you have recently moved to a new home and want to make a good impression on the neighbours.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a new door as it’s a highly functional and prominent part of your home. You should think carefully about the style, materials, size and colour. Your door should perfectly complement the existing style of the house and bring an extra sprinkle of charm. Size matters because of the door’s uses and the house style: in an old cottage you may need a smaller door and for a Victorian property with soaring ceilings a taller door may be required. The material also matters because different woods come in naturally differing shades: look at the joinery you already use in your home and try to match this wood type to your new door. If you’re unsure, you can always contact us or look read up about wood on our wood types page.
Your front door is the most important element of the outside of your home: it becomes a focal point because people know that is the main entrance and exit. Your door should always blend with the existing style of your house but extra character can easily be added through panelling, carving or Bollexion moulding. Here at Darcy joinery we design beautiful bespoke doors that bring style to each individual home. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, but we’ll allow you to judge a home by its door.