Edwardian front door with side lights

Choosing a distinctive colour for your period front door is a great way to personalise your home without needing to alter the façade of your property. It can make an inviting first impression and give your home instant ‘kerb appeal’. In this article, we delve into choosing the ideal colour for your period front door.

Should period front doors be bold or subtle?

Period front doors can suit bold, high impact colours as well as subtle, understated colours. So whether you want the colour of your Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian door to stay true to the classic look of the period, or whether you would prefer a ‘statement’ colour that offers a unique twist to a traditional property, there are plenty of options to choose from. 

Traditional timber front door

At Timbawood we provide a colour matching service for our entrance doors – so if you have a colour in mind, we can create a paint to match it, including any Farrow & Ball match colours. The colour of the frame can also be different to the colour of the door – to complement the finish of the hardware and glazing – and we can offer different colours on the interior and exterior.

Georgian front door colours

For a classic, timeless look, Georgian townhouses suit black or red front doors, which stand out from the soft colours of the brickwork.

Alternatively, dusky blues and greys work well for Georgian doors to complement the soft, neutral tones of the typical Georgian façade. In Georgian times lighter colours and white would have been mixed or ‘broken’ with darker earthy colours or black to create a colour with a more muted, subtle tone.

Victorian front doors with different colour options

Victorian front doors colours

While Victorian door designs are usually simpler and more understated than Georgian front doors, they are also well suited to classic colours such as black and red.

Victorian brickwork typically has a richer colour than Georgian brickwork and so Victorian front doors often suit deeper colours. As green is the complementary colour to red, dark green front doors often stand out beautifully if the brickwork of your Victorian property has a reddish tone.

Edwardian front door colours

At the turn of the century Edwardian doors tended to be painted in dark colours such as green or black, but later in the Edwardian era and into the 1920s and 1930s, front doors started to get lighter and brighter, with colourful stained glass also becoming a popular feature.

The front door became a more decorative, prominent feature, featuring gables, porches and verandas, often finished with colourful tiles.

Edwardian front door

Choosing a colour

Whatever colour you choose, from warm and welcoming reds and yellows to soft and neutral greys and blues, at Timbawood we specialise in bespoke timber front doors for period properties which are handmade to your exact specifications.

For more information about the range of possibilities for our handmade period front doors, from timber choice and design to glazing, paint and hardware, just get in touch.

We specialise in bespoke timber windows and timber doors for period, listed and conservation properties, including sash windows, casement windows, custom French doors and timber fire doors.