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Win a £50 Handle King voucher | H is for Home

Happy new year, everyone! Our first competition of 2018 is a £50 voucher from the lovely folks over at Handle King.

Copper door furniture from Handle King | H is for Home

We love their selection of copper hardware – metallic home accessories are very on trend. It really gives a classy finish to black or dark grey doors and cabinets.

Copper handles on dark grey kitchen drawers and doors

We may be highlighting their beautiful copper collection however, you can spend your £50 voucher on absolutely anything from their extensive range of door & drawer handles, pulls, locks, hooks, hinges, escutcheons etc.

So whether you’re doing a large refurbishment or just fancy a quick cosmetic update this is a great opportunity.

Our competition runs until midnight on the 31st of January and we’ll randomly draw our winner on the 1st of February. To enter, leave us a comment saying what kind of door furniture your home needs.

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Why Doors Matter

Bright yellow painted door and windows

When people decorate their homes, they spend a lot of money. Inevitably, many home-owners simply don’t have deep enough pockets to allow them to do everything that they’d like. As a result, they end up having to cut back on some aspect of their home décor. Often, people decide to delay replacing their doors, which as you’ll see below is a shame.

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First impressions count

The thing that people tend to forget is that doors are often the first thing visitors see and, therefore, notice when they enter your home. In most houses, the front door opens onto a hallway from which the downstairs rooms are accessed.

You have probably heard the saying first impressions count, and have probably noticed yourself forming an opinion very quickly when you enter someone’s home. Without a doubt, this saying is true.

Given the fact that your doors are just about the first thing people see when entering your home, you want them to make a good impression. Thus, installing good quality doors, and maintaining them properly is important.

Distressed front door

Shoddy doors can ruin the look of a room

Once in a room, you’ll notice shoddy doors even more. This is because they take up a significant percentage of your wall space. If they are rough and ready or shoddy they can spoil the overall look of your room.

It’s also important that you choose the right style of door. Doors that don’t fit in with the décor can easily spoil the overall look of a room.

Wooden door detail

Keep your rooms comfortable

Internal doors also play an important role in helping you to maintain a comfortable temperature in all of your rooms. It’s well worth investing in good quality ones.

You want your doors to be heavy enough to help you to keep the heat in and the cold out. If you use air conditioning in the summer, well-insulated doors will also keep the cool air you create in the room. Provided you take the time to have your doors fitted properly, they’ll help you to maintain the right temperature in each room without having to bear the cost of high electricity bills.

Glazed doors in a light-filled room

Let light into the room

If you live in a property with small windows, your choice of doors is particularly important. You can make the most of the limited natural light by opting to install glazed, rather than solid, interior doors. Of course, these are not suitable for every home, but they’re an option that’s well worth considering.

Black-painted door with brushed stainless steel handle and lock

Provide privacy and security

Doors are also important because they provide privacy. If you share your home with other people, for example tenants, choosing interior doors that incorporate locks is a good idea.

We hope that this post has inspired you, and you can now see the wisdom of replacing your doors when you next decorate. If you own a property that you rent out you may also want to read this article. It covers the regulations you need to take into account when buying doors as a landlord.

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Choosing the right doors to suit your space

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Doors have a huge functional and design impact on our homes. If you’re buying brand new doors, the chances are that you don’t need to worry too much about functionality. All new doors from reputable suppliers will comply with safety standards – though of course you do need to check where fire doors may be required to higher standards.

violet coloured internal doorImage credit: Martha Stewart

The main point to decide when choosing new doors is how well they complement the rest of the interior design of your home. Do they fit with the look you have or are trying to achieve?

ivy clad house with black front doorImage credit: JR P

Wooden doors continue to dominate the market – and it’s obvious why this is. Wood is a beautiful and natural material that has been used by mankind to furnish the home since Adam was a lad. Wood lends charm and warmth to a home in the way that no other material can and with today’s huge choice of natural wood finished available from suppliers like Todd Doors, Door Stop and Howdens for example – there’s something to suit every style of home. Even oak, the most traditional of all woods for doors, can be precision-engineered to give a clean, light and very contemporary feel to the most modern of internal environments.

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No other material really captures the texture and natural beauty of real wood – which is why it’s always such a popular choice with interior design professionals. It’s also so versatile.

antique wooden barn doors

With doors, it’s generally true to say that you get what you pay for. So look for special offers from bespoke and high quality suppliers. It isn’t always easy for the non-expert to see why one door is cheaper than another; but you will once it’s in place, by which time it’s too late if you’ve bought cheaply. Along with the look and feel of the doors, tell-tale signs of quality are revealed when you look at how a door has been made (particularly its joints) and of what material. Also, check whether the supplier is able to offer the 10-year Manufacturer’s Defect Guarantee.

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Once you’ve chosen the style of door, you also need to choose handles that will complement the doors and your overall design. Take time in getting this right as the handles really change the look and feel of the door and your whole interior.

orange bicycle outside a building with black double doorsImage credit: Giuseppe Milo

From a practical point of view, if you have any doubts about being able to fit the door – then get professional help. If you live in a modern house, though, this isn’t too difficult a task for those with just a little DIY experience. First – accurately measure the frame. If the frame isn’t “true” then fitting the door will be more difficult. Buy a door that either fits the opening perfectly (being careful to measure the opening very accurately) or buy a door that is very slightly too large so it can be planed or cut down as required.

black internal double doorsImage credit: Stumblehome

Next – enjoy the look and feel of your new interior!

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Transform your doors with Handle Kingdom £50 giveaway

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stainless steel door handle from Handle Kingdom

We have a great GIVEAWAY starting today, you could be the lucky winner of your choice of modern door furniture worth up to £50.

We’ve teamed up with Handle Kingdom, one of the UK’s leading modern door furniture retailers who said they’d love for one of our readers to receive a £50 voucher for them to spend online.

If you haven’t already done so, you must check out their website. We’ve already had a little peek and picked out our favourite handles, the curved and brushed stainless steel door handles which sell for less than £5 per pair We think they’re fantastic value for money while boasting a modern designer appearance.

Enter our giveaway below and you could be the lucky winner receiving £50 to spend at HandleKing.co.uk. All you need to do to take part is like or follow the Handle Kingdom and H is for Home Facebook pages using the submit widget below then comment here on this post telling us the name or model and price of the door handles you’d choose from Handle Kingdom should you be the lucky winner.

The competition is open until Sunday 19 July with the winner selected at random on Monday 20 July. Wishing everyone the very best of luck and a big thanks to Handle Kingdom!

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