On a recent trip to England I fell in love all over again with Front Doors. You see in England, there were all types of doors, rounded, square, pointed, painted, pickled etc. Almost nothing makes more of a first impression of a home that the front door. I found myself drawn to taking pictures of as many as I could.
Here are a few of my favorite front doors:
This was a beautiful townhouse in London. I love the bright light sky blue house with the jet black flat finish front door. The black wrought iron keeps the look tidy and crisp. And who doesn’t love a couple of real topiaries flanking the entry? Well done.
In a village in the Cotswolds there was this gem. Also with a black door but this time with a high gloss finish and 15 panes of glass. This has a much more stately look with the matching lanterns and the stone walls covered in fall ivy.
This is my favorite! It is “Oxford Blue” or a dark navy with a touch of gray. It happens to be right in a suburb of Oxfordshire. It is simple with the six panes of glass at the top and a gold mail slot. I think it looks absolutely perfect with the brick on the house.
Back to the Cotswolds we go for this gem. The surround into the portico was painted navy while the little roof was black and brown. The ornate wood corbels holding up the roof were also flanked with black wrought iron. The hanging baskets add to the whimsy of this entry.
Seriously, how cute is this? It is hard to see the scale here, but this door is tiny!. It is the entry to a little house outside of a museum in Oxford where the caretaker takes up residence. It couldn’t be six feet tall.
In the town of Bampton, where they film the village scenes for Downton Abby, many of the homes are this beautiful golden stone. I love how this family painted the door a silver sage to compliment the stone.
If you are more of a subtle door person, how about mint green? It sounds so wrong, but looks so right on this charming rounded door. And do you see the basket next to the door? The people there actually leave it out and fill it with extra produce, in this case apples, with a sign that says take one! How adorable is that?
Again with the light yellow toned stone. Sage green works perfect with it. It looks so natural with greenery near by too. And do you see the glass in the top of the door? It is called bullseye glass. I found it all over the place in the doors. It is great because it distorts your view but lets light in.
Okay, so the house behind the door was so so from this Notting Hill street. But the remodel on the entry was spectacular! The creamy stucco facade with once again matching live topiaries in front are calming and neutral. The perfect setting for this stripped front door and sidelights. The wood looks whitewashed or pickled and is so inviting!
Isn’t this adorable? The definition of charming. An Oxblood red door on this restaurant really pops. Matching red pots and sign fight to draw your eye away from all of the glorious green ivy on the second floor.
Here a bright red door has more of the bullseye glass. Most of what I saw was clear like in this door. Isn’t that door knocker awesome? It appears to be antiqued brass with a light wash to accent the details. The red is quite bright and I love the bold homeowners for going for it.
Alright, this isn’t a FRONT door, but I had to include these side shed and doors. Another bold pick with turquoise paint that doesn’t tie in anywhere else. It inspires me to want to paint something crazy, maybe my garage side door?
And lastly, how about these for garage doors? I’m not sure what they actually lead to, but that is some beautifully grayed weathered wood. The slight arch and blocked out pattern work perfectly with the creamy old stone.
Hopefully these doors inspired you as much as they have me! Stay tuned for new reveals of doors from MY house!