Having captured the most remarkable front doors in and around London, Bella Foxwell, the photographer behind Instagram account @thedoorsofldn, has a portfolio brimming with cheerful facades and quaint entryways.
We always talk about creating a good first impression, and when it comes to the home that starts at the front door, porch, or the front garden. But on Instagram, what's the obsession with a house exterior and a colourful front door?
'Through sharing my images with others and connecting with people on Instagram, I’ve realised how unifying front doors can be,' says Bella. 'There’s the well-known trope of doors representing new opportunities, but I think for many they also symbolise nostalgia, whether that’s from their childhood or the country or town in which they once lived.'
Teaming up with Barratt Homes, Bella runs through this year's biggest front door trends.
Door accessories - wreaths and door knockers
We've always said a wreath isn't just for Christmas, and you can now buy some great seasonal wreaths for spring or Easter, summer and autumn (head to Etsy for a great selection). As for door knockers, insect designs like bees and dragonflies have grown in popularity over the years and it's a quirky way to update your front entrance.
'Year-round wreaths and unusual door knockers are very on trend at the moment,' says Bella. 'Wreaths are the perfect accessory for city dwellers and those less green-thumbed among us (like myself!) and door knockers like bees, chilli peppers and pineapples add a point of interest to the front door and are fun way to show off the homeowner’s personality.
'Think about small changes you could make to add your personality to your façade as these make a huge difference to your home, and how you feel returning to it at the end of a long day.'
'Interestingly, this year I’ve seen some of my favourite brightly coloured front doors painted in more neutral shades such as grey and beige,' notes Bella. 'A lot of people are also opting for pale blues and greens. Duck egg blue is proving to be particularly popular. This could signal a broader trend towards a more pared back aesthetic in the coming months.'
Door colours can be reflective of your personality trait; red is passionate, purple is creative and pink is outgoing (see more door colour research here). Bella adds: 'Having a brightly coloured front door isn’t the norm, which is what makes them so special. I hope more people will be inspired to take a paintbrush (and a brightly coloured pot of paint!) to their front door.'
Whether it's a hanging basket or potted plant, front gardens and entrances can get the green-fingered treatment, too.
Bella explains: 'Lavender, clematis and roses are very popular flower choices this year. For the lucky few that have wisteria, they may find themselves subject to the #wisteriahysteria admirers! This is the hashtag dedicated to the short-lived wisteria season and is my favourite time of year. For a few weeks, Instagrammers across the UK madly dash about to capture the gorgeous lilac pendants before they’re gone!'
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