Green Door – A Famous Shakin’ Song

Green front doorI have just heard a song on the radio that I have never heard before and I knew immediately that I had to write a blog post about it. The song is called “Green Door” and was released by Shakin’ Stevens in 1981.

Green Door is a cover of a 1956 hit by Jim Lowe who released it in the United States. Green Door reached number one for Shakin’ Stevens where it stayed for four weeks and it was included on the “Shaky” album. A popular cover song, it was also released by Frankie Vaughan reaching number two in the charts and by Glen Mason achieving number 24.

In the song, Shakin’ Stevens asks “Green door, what’s that secret you’re keeping?” There is lots of music and laughter behind the closed door and the singer is not allowed to enter.

There are a couple of theories about the origins and inspiration for this song, but there was a club in West London called The Gateways that featured a green door. This was the first lesbian bar in London so it would be difficult for a man to gain entry and find out what went on behind the door.

If you are looking for a green door to grace the entrance of your home then please take a look at the Kershaws Doors website. We have a wide selection of hardwood external doors and you can purchase specialist paint in the colour of your choice. It is important that you buy the right kind of paint to ensure you get the right level of protection and finish.

There are various shades of green offering you a number of style options. For example you might like an emerald shade for a rustic country look for your door or a contemporary olive shade which appears to be on trend for 2015.

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A Garden Room, Probably One Of The Most Popular Recent Home Additions.

La Porte Vista

External La Porte Vista Door Set Oak Double Glazed Door

Garden room extensions have recently become very popular, over the last 40 years or so conservatories were the ‘must have’ room addition and they are still extremely popular. However, as a property owner who has experienced both conservatories and other types of extensions I have found that an additional interior space with an insulated solid type of roof provides better flexibility for all year use.

The ability to open up your Kitchen, Dining area or lounge into a usable garden room extension throughout the year is a massive bonus. I’m not totally against conservatories, I do like them especially on those super bright Spring days when it’s too chilly to sit outside and when Autumn provides the final warmth before winter sets in. In a previous property I have used a large conservatory for wonderful Christmas Day celebrations and parties which then spill out into the garden. Conservatories are also a great way of getting more light into a dark area of a property.

Extra rooms are always welcome though conservatories often need more additional heating to make them comfortable during the winter due to heat loss through the roof.
Many people must agree with me about a more solid construction for additional rooms as there are now more Garden room extension companies around than ever before. Of course a garden room is classed as a more permanent structure than a conservatory and stricter building laws and regulations apply, consequently choosing both recommended and reliable trades people, who will give you the correct advice, is very important.

Increasingly, at Kershaws Doors Ltd we have requests for double doors, folding doors and doorsets for rooms opening onto garden rooms and extensions. French doors are always popular to achieve better access to the garden and now they can be doubled up to provide access into a garden room from your kitchen or lounge areas. Kershaws Doors have a variety of external and internal door sets and also single doors which can be made into folding sets with the appropriate sliding gear. Please give us a call for advice and discuss your options.

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Glazed Timber Doors Featuring Flowers

Camden Floral Glazing

Floral Glazing on the Camden Door

Glass panels featuring flowers is always a popular trend that many people like for their homes. Some people invest in floral stained glass windows, while others may choose an external door to showcase their favourite flowers. This means that every visitor and passers by will get to see your attractive designs on display.

Generally the top flower of choice is the traditional red rose, however this may not be the case in our local area – the White Rose County of Yorkshire.

Kershaws Doors offer a wide selection of timber doors including many glazed traditional designs with floral features. One of our more popular models is the Acacia hardwood external door, which is an attractive traditional style of glazed door. The large glass panel in the centre of the door includes an intricately designed rose bush with green leaves and large flowers. Unlike some basic rose patterns, this is a realistic image of flowers on a stained glass effect pane. This is a good value door, which offers an attractive design.

One of our most ornate doors is the Kensington hardwood double glazed door, which features a very intricate leaded floral design. The key colours are green stems and leaves with pretty blue flowers. The door glazing also includes a blue and yellow chequerboard pattern with additional pink glass around the edges. Three central vertical panels include flowers within yellow pots and a large panel at the top includes two intricate blue flowers surrounding a large central green stem. This is a high quality design which would not go unnoticed by anyone that calls at your door.

The Richmond is another pretty floral door within our collection with two vertical panels featuring rounded red flowers and a green leaf pattern. The Richmond is a hardwood door that can be painted or varnished as you prefer.

If you are looking for a floral design in a glazed front door then please take a look at the glazed external doors on the Kershaws Doors website.

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Silly question? Why Do Front Doors Open Inwards?

If you have a compact entrance hall like I do at my home then you may have experienced the same issues with opening your front door inwards, making a compact space a very tight space. I have often wondered why front doors open inwards. Whenever we have more than a couple of people round to our house we have an awkward stand-off as we try to welcome people in and they shuffle about trying to take their shoes off and make their way into the house. If you add babies and car seats into the mix, it can become a real issue.

So, now I am wondering why doesn’t the door open outwards? This would at least allow that little bit of extra space that would be a great bonus for us.

One explanation that I have uncovered relates to protecting your door and the interior of your home from weather conditions outside. An inward opening door will be less affected by rain and water ingress so your door will stay stronger for longer and you will avoid dripping mucky rain water all over your carpets in your home. If there is snow or an obstruction on the outside of the door, it will still be possible to open the door with an inward facing door while this would not be possible otherwise. Maybe there is an argument that there is less heat loss with an inward opening door, also you are less likely to get a gust of wind that will slam the door open or shut.

You will however find that doors with disability access usually have an outward opening facility to aid wheelchair access. Bifolding doors which open outwards towards a wheelchair user can also be very useful due to the narrow leaves of the door making it easier to use.
Whilst writing this I have discovered that not all main doors do open inwards and some public buildings often feature outward opening doors, though often they are under a canopy or within a more closed area. However, more often than not our homes in the UK, at least, have doors that open inwards, despite the space restrictions this can cause.

If interested in a Bespoke, extra wide folding internal door contact Kershaws Doors sales team and ask for a quotation on a specialist folding internal door.

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What’s behind the door? The Ball cupboard Prank

It’s a part of human nature to be intrigued about what is behind a closed door. This was proved by Prankster Blake Grigsby and friends who installed a special cupboard at Chicago’s Union Station concourse. They stuffed the cupboard with 2.000 coloured plastic balls, the type used in childrens ball pits, which flowed out when the door was opened.

This video displays a mixture of human emotions, from the obvious initial intrigue, from people tempted to open the door, to panic, surprise, shock and of course the children were thrilled and started to play.

It would be interesting to know how many people tried to stuff the balls back into the cupboard due to their guilt or self consciousness feelings.

The sign outside the cupboard simply says ‘What’s Behind the Door’ which, it appears, is sufficient to entice people to find out and to open the door. This sentiment is exactly the one we believe in at Kershaws Doors Ltd we want the doors we supply to our customers to be intriguing and make a statement about what is behind the doors in your property.

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Open Your Doors to More Customers – Avoid vacant shops

© Copyright Albert Bridge and used under this CC Licence

© Copyright Albert Bridge and used under this CC Licence

I read an interesting article recently about the number of shops that are empty and unoccupied. The article suggested that the North East and North West showed the highest levels of empty shops with around one in five stores being vacant, while London and surrounding areas had the highest levels of occupancy. The figures reveal a clear divide between North and South with the North suffering on average double the number of vacant shops.

I am aware that our local town centres around West Yorkshire have a large number of empty shops. I always think it is sad to see empty stores with closed signs on the door, but I also recognise that the cost of renting a commercial property in the hope customers will come must be a scary proposition. Competing with online businesses and offering something unique can be a major challenge, but lots of people prefer to buy in a physical store and benefit from the human element of customer service that you only get in a shop.

Pattern 10 Oak

Pattern 10 White

For anyone that is brave enough to start up a shop or already has a retail business, you may be interested in our collection of doors. At Kershaws Doors we sell a wide range of quality internal and external doors for domestic and commercial use. If you want to smarten up your shop front then a new door can help to improve the all-important first impression and get more people through the door. Potential customers are likely to make a quick decision on whether to enter your store based on your shop window and overall front, including the entrance door. We offer a wide selection of door designs, in various sizes and finishes including Oak, Hardwood and White Primed. If you have an unusual door size or specification this is not a problem as you can always call our friendly customer services team and they will help you find what you are looking for from our bespoke door range.

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Renovating properties to Sell

InteriorThis blog is a follow up to one I wrote recently about a friend who had been disappointed with many of the internal doors she had seen when looking to buy a new house. I explained that it is often best to prepare a house for sale and avoid the disappointment of a big renovation job for prospective viewers.

If you are going to buy new doors to improve your property prior to sale then you will need to consider the following issues. I always think it is a good idea to start with the style of property and look at furnishings that will complement the general style. There is no point buying a modern door for a country cottage and similarly a swanky new apartment will not accommodate traditional country style doors. Ideally you should try and find styles that will last. Following the latest interior design trend can be a bit of a risk and it may not appeal to the widest audience. It can be difficult, but you will need to forget your personal preferences in terms of interior design and styles. Even if it goes against your instincts, the safest bet is to select neutral items. A good interior design trendsetter to follow is Kelly Hoppen, as her style is neutral yet very stylish and appropriate for contemporary and traditional properties. I suggest considering the overall property to help guide you at the beginning of your renovations. If your home is a small, modest property without the attraction of a fantastic location then consider purchasing doors which compliment to area and type of architecture in order to improve saleability. If your property is a luxury home then people will expect doors and other furnishings to be high quality and you may need to invest more, but I advise that which ever style or quality you choose then the finish of the doors is extremely important.

At Kershaws Doors you will find a wide selection of external and internal doors to suit different styles and budgets. If you require any advice on choosing doors for your property you can always call our helpful sales team on 0845 467 1910 or 01274 604488.

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Let Down By The Doors

flusholdI have a friend who is looking for a new house at the moment and she is viewing several properties each week in the hope of finding her dream home. She was telling me that she is frequently disappointed with the style of internal doors that she finds within properties. The house she currently lives in is a new home with good quality doors which look modern and elegant.

Her latest disappointment was a 1970’s style property which contained the worst example of ugly doors yet! She said the internal doors were very thin and made from a dark brown veneer. This made the whole house appear dated and the doors featured extensive wear and tear with lots of chips and scratches. I explained that she could consider sanding and staining the doors to restore them however this would be quite a lot of work for an entire house of doors and if they are thin and ugly there is only so much you can do to improve them. Realistically she would have to buy new doors and she felt that this was disappointing as it was another expense and hassle to add to the house buying process. I directed her to the Kershaws Doors website and I am sure she will be pleased with the selection of new doors on offer.

I think a lot of homeowners get used to the fixtures and furnishings in their property and sometimes it can be difficult to look at things with a fresh pair of eyes. However I think that anyone trying to sell their home should consider the fact that viewers do not like to see large scale renovation work required. While it can be difficult to invest in a property that you are trying to sell, it could make the difference between a sale or no sale so it is worth doing some of the big jobs to save the hassle for a prospective buyer.

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Looking for Art Deco doors for your Interior Design?

Powhatan Apartments door © colros

Powhatan Apartments door image © colros

Art Deco is a design style that was first recognised in France after the First World War and grew throughout Europe from the 1920s through to the 1940s. Art Deco furniture typically features geometric shapes, glass and metal, bold colours and elaborate motifs. Architecture and houses from the 1930s often reflect the art deco style with examples including geometric doorways and flat roofs on homes. Also much of the architecture in and around the London Underground network features art deco styling.

If you are trying to recreate the Art Deco look in your own home then you might like to invest in some angular shaped furniture, shiny chrome furnishings and mirror tiles along with anything featuring mother of pearl. Zig zags and stepped designs will fit in with this style and furniture made from shiny veneered wood would also be complementary.

Kershaws Doors sell a wide range of internal and external doors for your home. If you are looking for an art deco style of door then you may be interested in our Atlanta internal door in primed white finish, which is ready to paint. This door features strong raised effects in rectangular shapes and this appears on both the front and back of the door. A complementary glazed version features and vertical pane of glass in the centre. Either style can be painted in the colour of your choice to accommodate your own interior scheme. If you are looking for an art deco door with an oak finish then you may like the Euston internal door which features raised mouldings in a ribbed effect creating a border around a central oak panel in the centre. If you wish to highlight a diamond feature then our Sassari door features a modest central design of grooves forming diamond shapes. This is also available in a glazed version with a diamond panel of safety glass in the centre of the door.

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Kitchen design trends 2015 inspire other door choices in properties

Door painting spray shop

Door painting spray shop

As suppliers of timber doors it is important that we are aware of new interior design and property trends in order to provide inspirational products for our customers. At Kershaws Doors we provide timber doors to owners of very varied property styles, however, our customers are also influenced in their choices by the latest trends when they are renovating and building their homes.

Many interior design trends stem from current kitchen design styles as this is a major purchase for property owners and an extremely important room. In 2015 it appears that there is a continuing use of large glazing either in the form of windows, fully glazed doors and other transparent features allowing for access to the outside and between rooms. Open floor plans allow for gatherings and easier connection to other areas in the home.

Clean-cut streamlined units are still popular with the addition of more open shelving allowing easier viewing of utensils etc. Current cabinet style trends still feature wood in the form of flush doors with natural grain finishes rather than high gloss and panelled detailing often with an upgraded paint treatment in colour which blend well to the still popular natural granite, engineered stones and marble work tops and features.

Kershaws Doors Ltd can now supply some Interior primed/undercoated Custom Doors which can be painted in a choice of 132 Eggshell colours. There is a minimum order of 6 doors due to the volume of the paint required. This facility is ideal for whole house orders and commercial properties requiring a corporate look. Please contact our sales team who will direct you to the specific doors suitable for this bespoke door supply and paint service.

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Mirrored Doors can be useful if fitted with safety mirrors.

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I have a memory of a family friend’s house which we used to visit when I was younger. In the house they had a number of mirrored doors in several of the rooms. I cannot say that I was a big fan and I always found it distracting when opening a door to see my reflection looking back at me. There was a completely mirrored door in the bathroom, which I found a little strange. I did not like that fact that I could see myself whilst using the bathroom. I can only imagine that the maintenance must have been a challenge with the constant removal of fingerprints as mirrors do tend to show up every mark.

It is often said that mirrors create the illusion of more space and this is why you will find great big mirrors hung throughout show houses if you are looking around new homes. Maybe this is part of the appeal for mirrored doors.

An alternative to mirrored doors would be hanging a mirror on your door (but make sure it is safety glass, Acrylic or Polycarbonate types ) and this would be most suited to a simple plain door style like the Pattern 10, which is an unfinished oak door within the Kershaws Doors collection. Mirrors can be very heavy so it is advisable to consider a hanging device when fitting, although these can be visible (and ugly in some cases). When I think of a mirrored bedroom door, I think of hotel rooms. It may be handy to have an accessible mirror to check your look before you leave the room, but I am personally more inclined towards a mirror on the wardrobe or hanging one on the wall.

At Kershaws Doors we do not sell mirrored doors but we have a wide selection of timber and glazed doors as well as unglazed doors so you can choose and fit your own glass within the panels of the door.

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Helpful and Knowledgeable Customer Services is necessary for our business

I have recently had a problem with our shower door at home. The handle for the shower has a coating which has completely worn away. The shower was installed before we bought the house so I am not sure where it originally came from. After searching online for “shower door handles” and more elaborate alternatives, I have not been able to find a suitable match. The dimensions appear to be non standard and there is nothing that I can find that is compatible.

I headed out to a couple of DIY stores and bathroom suppliers, however I still could not find anything suitable. I asked the advice of a couple of members of staff, but I was simply told that they did not stock such items. They also suggested I should buy an entirely new shower door.

I was disappointed with the face to face experience so thought I could try the customer services department for the manufacturer. After a lengthy search for a telephone number I was told that the company did not sell to or deal with the public directly as they were a trade-only supplier.

I am still without a shower door handle and feeling very disappointed with the lack of support. This is particularly irritating as I know that the Customer Services team at Kershaws Doors would have handled this type of enquiry so much better. Customers call our team with a wide range of queries. Sometimes these are not directly related to products that we sell, but may be related to fitting or specialist door hardware. At Kershaws Doors the philosophy is to do your best to help customers. Even when the person handling your query does not know the answer, they will certainly try and find out.

I only wish that Kershaws Doors sold shower door accessories as I know they would help me find what I need. If you would like any advice regarding internal or external timber doors, door hardware or accessories then do not hesitate to call our Customer Services team on 01274 604488 or 0845 4671910.

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‘Fairy Control item’ – the importance of choosing the right door

Fairy Door from Madtown Macs

Fairy Door © Madtown Macs

Of course we are rather obsessive about all things concerning timber doors at Kershaws Doors Ltd, so this recent news about ‘Fairy Control’ caught our eye. It’s not the first time we’ve blogged about fairy doors, we’ve discussed these miniature gems before. But if you haven’t seen the new article, then in brief it relates to the concern of the trustees of charitable woodland trust in Somerset who feel that the fitting of small (elfin) doors to the base of trees in the wood is getting out of hand.

It is thought that these miniature doors have been installed by the local residents for their children to put messages behind the doors for the fairies. Apparently the first little door appeared at the beginning of the millenium, the trustees were happy about this one door so they left it, however, since then the practice has escalated and is now causing some concern. The most reason doors are now rather fancy with tinsel and painted in bright colours so the feeling is that they are intrusive in the woodland setting, so they intend to “bring in quality control” relating to the doors. The trustees say they are “not anti-fairy and are not intending on evicting the fairies”,they want people to stay to the paths as they have put a lot of effort into protecting the woodland.

This situation, although on the surface seems a light hearted event, is obviously causing some concern. But isn’t it a nice thing to report rather than all the usual aggressive war like news we generally hear about.

I hope a satisfactory conclusion to the problem is found and the children and fairies are not too upset by the eventual outcome. The fairy door seem a lovely idea and the child in all of us is probably the reason the news article went viral.

If you are looking for a smaller than standard timber door? please give us a call, we are a leading supplier of bespoke sized timber doors for both internal and external applications.

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Art Nouveau – A Twentieth Century Property Style Influence

Liberty - Great Marlborough Street, London

The Art Nouveau influence can still be seen in the Liberty, London shop – image © Elliott Brown

I have a great interest in architecture of all Era and this helps me a good deal in the timber door business at Kershaws Doors Ltd as we supply a large range of door designs to suit all property types. I particularly like the detailing used in the Arts and Crafts movement along with the Victorian Gothic Revival and the later twentieth century architectural inspirations such as the French inspired Art Nouveau period.

The late 1800’s to the present day has seen a massive change in architectural styles and building techniques and the timber door, an essential building component, exhibits many design influences over this time.

The Edwardian properties built during the early Twentieth Century were generally smaller and less ornate than the preceding Victorian types, yet would have been considered more sophisticated as the styles introduced were innovative and often avant-garde.

Art Nouveau is one of the most artistic and distinctive decorative styles, originally from France and adopted throughout Europe in the 1880’s it later made an impact in Britain during the turn of the century. The style is characterised with graphic sinuous lines, later, often set into geometric shapes as the period led into the Art Deco Era. The characteristic curves tend to be depicted in property interiors more than the large architectural components as they were challenging to create on a grand scale. However, the style details can be seen in wallpapers such as those designed by William Morris and heavy paper such as Lincrusta still available for below Dado rails

The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Art Nouveau influence can still be seen in the retail shop Liberty’s which was originally a great influence to the buying public by offering exquisite objects focussing on Asymmetrical images and flowing lines . Liberty have, nevertheless, moved with the times and offer 21st century products yet fortunately still retains the ethos of the company and design elements from it’s past.

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Colour trends for 2015 encourage home relaxation

paintAccording to a leading UK Paint supplier who is well known in interior design circles “the colours we will want to use in our homes over the next year reflect a desire to create spaces offering escapism”
I certainly agree with these sentiments as due to our increasingly frenetic working lives our homes are becoming much more important as places for escape and to help us achieve some inner peace.
Colour plays a very important role in our relaxation, emotions and the way we feel about our environment. Recently the weather has shown us a hint of Spring, when the sun shines, days become longer and the gardens show signs of colour it gives me a great emotional boost and the mental energy to cast off my winter shell.
We have seen our usual upsurge of sales at Kershaws Doors recently which indicates that others feel the same inspiration to rejuvenate their properties or move house and many of our commercial customers are reinvigorating their business properties.
Going back to the paint company, they are suggesting pale colours this year to promote reflection and relaxation. Light blues, greens and other pastel colours can go so well with our natural timber doors in Oak and Walnut and our pre primed and panelled doors look so good when painted in pastel shades to emphasise the contours of the panels and beading. Many paint companies now have apps. to download which help you choose the best colours in each interior.
If you are ordering pre-primed internal doors from Kershaws Doors Ltd and in quantities of 6 and above then please ask our sales team about the special Factory Painting service Range which uses the Estate® Eggshell. This service will save a you a great deal of time and provides you with a consistent finish throughout.

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