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front door ideas for brick homes

Houses in the UK aren't all contemporary rendered beauties. So if you’re wondering what type of front door will suit your brick house, keep reading.

types of brick houses from modern to traditional

It can be hard to choose a front door that works with the varied styles of brick houses that are scattered around the UK.

This traditionally styled house has had a thoroughly modern makeover with an Urban Front grey painted front door
This traditionally styled house has had a thoroughly modern makeover with an Urban Front grey painted front door
This mixed style new build perfectly blends the warmth of red brick with an Urban Front front door in walnut - along with matching garage doors
This mixed style new build perfectly blends the warmth of red brick with an Urban Front front door in walnut - along with matching garage doors

Many houses were built in the 60's or 70's and are slightly modern - but not enough for something too contemporary.

Others are very traditional but are being updated and need something to bridge from old to new. 

There are also new builds built with brick and white windows that don't really fit into any design genre other than perhaps mock Georgian or circular 1990s.

In addition, there are the houses being extended with a very obvious contemporary addition, making the front door a really hard decision.

things to consider when choosing a front door for a brick house

The warmth of the iroko front door works beautifully with the red brick and white windows of this house
The warmth of the iroko front door works beautifully with the red brick and white windows of this house
The beige brick of this traditional house works as the perfect base for the mix of oak and walnut woods in the front door, the garage door and the front cladding
The beige brick of this traditional house works as the perfect base for the mix of oak and walnut woods in the front door, the garage door and the front cladding

1. The colour and tone of the bricks

Brick is one of the trickiest finishes to match to because of the varied tone and colours each brick has. If you are considering hardwoods like Oak, Iroko and Fumed Oak, bricks with a beige and brown tone work well but bricks with a redder tone work better mainly with Iroko.

Consider the flecks of colour in the brick too, as these could be the best way for choosing hardwood. Rule of thumb though is to either go lighter or darker to get the right match.

Dark grey windows and the statement glass centrepiece of this brown brick house are tied together with an Urban Front fumed oak front and garage door
Dark grey windows and the statement glass centrepiece of this brown brick house are tied together with an Urban Front fumed oak front and garage door
The light beige brick of this house is beautifully offset by matching front and garage doors in a warming european oak
The light beige brick of this house is beautifully offset by matching front and garage doors in a warming european oak

2. The colour of the windows

The window colour can really determine the choice of hardwood for a front door.  If the house has white windows and a brown brick for example, Oak or Fumed Oak would work but Iroko wouldn’t.

If the windows are grey or black, with a brown brick, that changes the options again and Fumed Oak would probably be the best choice. The best way to get it right is to have samples of all the finishes placed in a mood board style so you can really see how they work together.

A traditionally styled brick house will look fantastic with a simple contemporary door

3. The style of the house

Brick is so versatile that so many different styles of house are constructed using it. Just because it’s brick doesn’t mean it’s traditional or boring! So, considering the colour of the brick, the colour of the windows and the style of the house is essential. The design of the door, not just its finish can really create the best end result.

Avoid very contemporary designs on traditional houses because they can look very out of place. But that isn’t to say that a plain and simple contemporary design wouldn’t work.

Far from being restrictive, brick homes offer a wealth of choice when it comes to the choice of front door.

The best advice is to visualise your ideas as much as possible in the early stages. This can include physical samples but can also be done on your computer - even if it's copying and pasting image inspiration into a powerpoint document!

Ultimately, when you’re considering a new front door for a brick home, it’s OK to be a bit bold and to think outside of the box. Different can certainly work to your advantage.

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