Distinction Doors’ Marketing Manager Bethaney Larkman looks at colour and design trends for composite doors and celebrates the coming of age for the Great British ‘Front Door’

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.’ Those are some of the poetic words used by Pantone, the International colour matching system, to describe what it calls ‘The Pantone Color of the Year 2020’, an annual statement by the Pantone Color Institute that has influenced colour trends for more than 20 years across fashion, home furnishings and other key sectors.

Who are we to disagree? Pantone continue with their description by describing the colour, which is catalogued as ‘19-4052 Classic Blue’, as ‘A timeless and enduring blue hue….elegant in its simplicity’ and ‘suggestive of the sky at dusk….’

And actually, we hope that Classic Blue does become a favourite for composite doors because at Distinction, our website colour section references Pantone to allow perfect matching with home colour schemes and other building elements of a home. However, whilst Classic Blue will be a welcome addition to the Distinction range, three greys dominated the list of homeowner preferences – Anthracite, Mouse and Traffic – followed by the ever favourite Chartwell Green. Duck Egg is the first blue to have received multiple favour amongst homeowners, with Ultramarine Blue the nearest hue to the colour that Pantone believes will dominate our lives by the end of the year.

Of course, we are able to respond to any requests for Pantone colours on a huge range of door styles, which continue to be dominated by traditional designs, although there are signs that they are getting a taste for more contemporary alternatives that are edging up the table. The contemporary styles in our new Infinity Collection are doing very well and providing the right balance for many homeowners who want something that is a little more modern, yet which will also complement traditional homes.

The introduction of our in-house glass designs over three years ago was a game changer that not only allowed us to introduce a range of glass styles that were unique to Distinction, further increasing homeowner choice.

Homeowners are becoming increasingly adept at designing their perfect door through the Distinction door-designer and in experimenting before committing. The ability to create designs without commitment means that homeowners are pushing past otherwise conservative options and are becoming more adventurous in their final selection. The result is that British streets are becoming brighter, more colourful places as homeowners become more adventurous with their entrance door choices.

It remains to be seen of course if Pantone’s influence will see ‘Classic Blue’ dominating the catwalks of Paris, London and Milan next year, although it is likely that the ever-popular Anthracite will continue as a leading choice for homeowners choosing their new residential door. But we can celebrate that what was once the common-or-garden ‘front door’ has now been lifted into something that British homeowners now replace more frequently as part of their home’s décor, making choices with pride and passion. At Distinction, we are proud to have played a part in that transition.