David Saxby, product manager from IronmongeryDirect, discusses how to get the shiny number 10 look and ultimately how to increase the value of homes.
|Downing Street Lion Head |
So what inspiration can you get from Number 10 in order to advise homeowners on how they can boost their property’s curb appeal?
Carefully choosing the colour, design and shape of door can help to accentuate the other features of a property. By making some small but significant changes it is possible to impress your customers by adding some wow factor to the exterior.
Recommend a bold colour
Firstly, it is important to recommend a colour that complements the exterior of the property and works well with the brickwork. Also consider a colour scheme that blends in with the style and décor of neighbouring properties. If it is impact the customer is looking for black is a tenacious choice that is both stylish and timeless. A black door, as well as looking dramatic, works well with various colour schemes, making it extremely versatile. Similarly, bright red has always been associated with power and strength and is another dynamic colour choice to suggest. To give a door a Number 10 facelift, a fresh coat of paint is a quick way to brighten up an exterior. So to get that sparkling number 10 finish a couple of fresh coats of good quality oil-based exterior timber paint will really do the trick.
Recommending the right hardware
As well as colour, having the right door furniture can make a bold statement and play an integral part in sprucing up the exterior of a property. However, it is important to recommend furniture that is in keeping with the style of the property. The right door furniture will speak volumes and with a recent revival in traditional ironmongery there is a wide range of hardware available suitable for any project.
Visually, it is important that a door’s furniture is proportionate to the door itself and from a practical point the weight of the door must be considered because, for example, a heavy wooden structure might over dominate a small knob or handle.
|M Marcus Slim Door Knocker|
When making over a door it is also important to not underestimate simplicity; a functional letter box, for example, can also double-up as an elegant feature and can add a sophisticated finish to any door. The Victorian Plain Edge Letter Plate, for instance, has a strong brass letter plate with secure bolt through fixings to ensure both durability and style.
|The Victorian Plain Edge Letter Plate|
One way to really put the finishing touches to a door is with a characterful door-bell. For period properties an ornate door-bell can be just the ticket to complete a vintage look, for example this Georgian Rope Edge Bell Push. For newer-built homes with doors made from modern materials, look for door bells that are uncomplicated in appearance. The Louis Fraser Bell Push, for instance, is still a stylish choice but is much simpler in design.
|Georgian Rope Edge Bell Push|
By taking inspiration from the Downing Street Number 10 door it is possible to recommend colour and hardware that livens up the exterior of any property. IronmongeryDirect, in light of the upcoming elections, has put together an infographic that documents the door’s various changes in style and design through the ages. It can be accessed at www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/research/10-downing-street
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