When making a tough decision, sometimes it helps to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. In the case of purchasing new entry doors, many of our customers have a hard time with knowing where to start. Which factors are important, and which are less important? Should you first think about form or function? Is it better to stick to your budget or to splurge and invest in a higher-quality product?
At Weather Pro Windows & Doors we always aim to give more information rather than less. Whether you have questions about colours, technical details, the reflective properties of low-e glass, or want to know how to properly measure for a new door, our experts are always happy to help. For the moment, however, let us take a step back to focus on a few elements of design. Perhaps these ideas and principles will help to point you in the right direction, if you are in the process of trying to select new entry doors for your home.
Proportion & Symmetry
We have all seen them: houses that simply do not look right. Windows that are too small combined with a large, tasteless entryway, or a large, brightly-coloured front door that makes everything else seem off balance or out of place. Proportion and symmetry is not just about size; creating a comfortable, pleasing visual balance also involves details, colour, texture, and style.
If you have your front entry door set dead center, for example, you will probably want to make sure that the new entry door you select does not throw the existing balance off. Other elements like windows and landscaping should roughly balance out the location of your entryway and your choice of door size, material, and colour. If you are building a new home, however, you may have more freedom to choose the entry doors you want first, and then adjust other elements accordingly. Think carefully before doing something like increasing your doorframe size, for example. How will the larger door and frame look, given the existing facade?
To be clear, however, strict symmetry is not necessary in order to create a balance. Contemporary expressions often favour a strict yet proportional dissymmetry, sometimes favouring minimalism, and other times favouring bold splashes of colour, shapes, or elements that create an apparent dissonance. Ultimately, you should play with proportion and symmetry until you find the right balance and the right entry doors that will express your personality.
Not many people like chaos and incoherence. In order to avoid throwing too many ideas into the mix and risk compromising the visible exterior of your home, you need to figure out what your key concepts and elements are. You should use and repeat these elements thoughtfully. For example, let us say you want lovely wooden entry doors framed by stone insets. You will want to make sure that this is not the only location in your home where stone features. Perhaps you could add a winding stone path leading to the entry doors, or stone steps.
Most importantly, any given element should be able to combine with other surrounding elements in a cohesive fashion. If you pick an entry door with a nice arch to it, that arched shape should be repeated elsewhere; in an awning overhead, or over your windows, and so on. If you use a splash of colour, such as a deep red entry door, you probably want to replicate that shade elsewhere – perhaps in your landscaping, or in the colour of the chairs on your porch.
Another important element to repeat is hardware material. Nothing looks worse than entry doors that have one type of hardware, flanked by lamps that look like they are from another century altogether. Coordinate your lighting and your door hardware carefully; if you cannot obtain similar materials, you should at least try to achieve the same colour or finish. This also applies to gates, mailboxes, your house numbers, and your door knocker.
Work With What You Have
If you are remodelling, there are other key things that you can keep in mind, in order to make your new entry doors fulfil their potential and bring out the best in your home. The details really make the difference. First of all, look for lost details that you can restore and bring to life. You do not always need to bring something completely new in at the expense of the old.
It may be tempting to try and completely change your colour scheme to match your new entry doors, but perhaps it should be the other way around. Maybe the colours on your window frames are simply tired and faded, but a new coat of paint could do wonders. Highlight old trim instead of getting rid of it, or clear those overgrown shrubs and flowerpots away to expose the beauty of your old wrought iron banisters and matching sidelights.
Try to enhance the existing style of your home. Pick entry doors that have personality, but yet complement your homes’ Colonial, Cottage, Georgian, Cape Cod, or Contemporary style. If there are specific elements that you would like to further enhance, consider adding the appropriate details to your entry doors that would achieve this effect.
Guide the Way to Your Entry Doors
Here is a simple design principle that gets easily forgotten. Make the way to your entry doors clear and accessible. If a guest stands outside your home and cannot see the entryway, or cannot make out a clear path to it, that does not make for a welcoming experience! It is all too easy to let trees or bushes crowd out sightlines and obscure paths. Once you solve this type of problem (if it exists) it will be much easier for you to figure out which entry door will work best for your home.
If you need further advice or tips from the architectural design experts at Weather Pro Windows & Doors, give us a call today. We are the leading Calgary provider of quality entry doors, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our clients.
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