British Summertime is officially here which means donning those white linen trousers you bought on holiday and heading to the park to sip on Pimms and debate whether our beloved Andy Murray is grumpy or just Scottish.
It’s that beautiful time of year when the sunshine stretches out until the late evening and we’re surrounded by leafy greens. With Wimbledon just around the corner, I started thinking about how green and white together make a brilliantly summery facade but there are some simple do’s and don’ts to bear in mind when it comes to doors.
1. Don’t Go OTT
Maybe you love your rolling meadows, find peace reclining in the shade of tall oaks or strolling through the nearest countryside. The thing to remember is that whilst being surrounded by natural world greens is extremely tranquil – it can be overbearing if you apply too much of the shade to your house. So don’t go over-the-top… think light touch – not leprechaun.
2. Do the Green, White, Green Sandwich
Okay, so admittedly the ‘green, white, green sandwich’ isn’t one that you typically see in a Sainsbury’s meal deal. What I mean by this is having a green door, surrounded by white features and then some nearby shrubbery is always a great combination. The white paint is a really subtle way of drawing the eye into the door, making its hue more memorable.
3. Don’t be afraid of injecting some personality
Most doors I see in Britain are fairly plain. Collectively, I think we’re quite a modest bunch and don’t like to draw attention to ourselves. However, the door can be a perfect opportunity to add some character. Adding some distinctive features incorporating a green nature-based tone is likely to leave a really positive impression on visitors.
Kind Charity’s green door with playful bumble bees was one I spotted whilst being toured around Liverpool with Vista. It’s a small touch that made me smile and had a lasting impression.
Similarly, I loved the simple pop-art approach of ‘Barber Shop Adam’, spotted in Yarm (North East England). The green & white pairing combined with a simple graphic is definitely one of the most striking doors on a busy high street.
4. Do keep it clean!
If this season’s cricket or tennis kits have got you inspired – then take a leaf out of the dentist’s book and make sure you keep your whites pearly clean. Just like scrubbing your molars, a white door needs love and attention to keep it looking at its best.
Ultimately, both green and white doors are great options in the summertime as they imbue a natural lightness whilst retaining a classy feel. Plus, if done right, they’re both subtle enough that you can be sure they won’t be a hot topic around the BBQ and you can rightly concentrate on shouting ‘New balls please!’ at the telly.
Enjoy the sunshine, folks!
Until next time,
Jeyda, Chief Doork
Creative Consultant for DOORCO