First impressions count and when it comes to your property your front door says a lot about the place you call home. Luckily modern composite door styles allow you to put the finishing touches to your home with a front door designed exactly to your taste.
Composite door styles vary in the type of frame you choose as well as the features you add, from the number of window panels to the type of handle suite you decide on. This guide will lead you through the many styles of composite doors available, helping you to explore and discover the ultimate style for your front door and head over to our composite door designer to get your custom look today.
Typically there are eight types of frame style for you to choose from for your composite door. These eight styles are shown below and the frame you choose for your front door may depend heavily on the size and spacing you have available in the entrance to your home.
Frames range from the standard door through to the topbox with both sidepanels and include everything in between from right and left sidepanel doors, which include windows to either side of the frame as well as topbox doors that contain the window above the door frame.
Choosing the right door frame is the foundation for finding your perfect composite door so taking the time to explore the different frame fittings available to you is important. Choosing the right frame is also why made to measure, bespoke composite doors are so popular. By deciding on a composite door made to your exact specifications you can rest assured that you are getting the perfect fit for your home.
Once you have settled on the style of frame needed for your front door you can now begin to decide on the ideal colour of your composite door. The thirteen colours you have to choose from are: White, Red, Green, Blue, Black, Oak, Dark Wood, Chartwell Green, Cream, Grey, Black Brown, Duck Egg Blue and Poppy Red (High Gloss)
To fully customise your composite door the thirteen various colours for you to choose from all shown in the colour palette below.
The wide range of colours offered mean you can make your front door as bespoke as possible, matching exterior walls or interior furnishings.
With modern composite doors you also have the option of complete package-all round colour styling. This involves the process of co-ordinating detail thresholds, frames, door drips and edges to offer a striking appearance when choosing between the oak or dark wood colour options.
Front Door Style
A door is a gateway to our homes. When inside our shelters, we wish to be protected against the harsh elements outside. We expect it to provide safety and privacy. However, we also want our doors to make an impression. After all, it is the first step of welcoming someone in your home. Having so many choices can be quite a predicament.
Once you have chosen your frame style and the colour you want to go with, next up comes the most important decision to make when it comes to finding the ultimate composite door – the actual style. This differs from the frame styling as rather than the door outline you are now deciding on actual appearance of your front door and like the colours you have to choose from there are a range of options available.
To help you choose on the ideal composite door style for your home we display the many different front door designs available here. In total there are 25 styles of composite doors and the names of all are also listed below, the biggest variation between each style of front door is the type and number of window panels offered.
Composite Door Style Reviews
2 Panel 2 Arch
This door style has two matching arch designs at the top. The two panels are situated at the bottom half. Each panel and each arch is placed parallel to its respective pair. The design allows it to be opened inwards or outwards on adjustable hinges, which can be placed on either side. There are multiple colour options for the door’s sides and frame. This ranges from the standard white paint to darker palettes like black-brown. One can also opt for an unglazed door style, or select a glazed one with intricate glass designs if preferable.
2 Panel 2 Angle
The top half of this door style features a pair of angled glass design. At the bottom is a pair of panel structures etched in the door’s wooden frame. One can select from a wide array of colours for the sides and frame. It is attached to adjustable hinges and is a high-security door style. The door handle can come in the standard form. Other variations such as lever/pad handles or security chains may also be added.
2 Panel 2 Square
Although the name implies that it has two squares, the door’s design stretches the top “squares” into a pair of rectangles. Two wooden panels that look like shorter rectangles than the glass ones above it are carved on the door’s frame. The frame and door sides can also be painted in a variety of colours, including blue, red, mahogany, and many others. Depending on preferences, the door can come with glass designs for the “squares”, or simply unglazed.
4 Panel 1 Arch
This door style features two pairs of identical rectangles on both interior and exterior sides of the door. Above all four panels is an arch shaped like the top half of a circle. Below the arch, each panel is placed by pairs. A glazed arch at the top can improve the appearance of the door. It can also let in light, which an unglazed arch won’t provide. This door is designed to be high-security with adjustable hinges that can be installed either on the left or right side of the frame.
2 Panel 1 Arch
The 2 Panel 1 Arch door style includes a set of two carved panels in the lower portion of the door’s frame. An arch occupies most of the remaining spaces in the top half portion of the frame. This could be advantageous for people who want more design and variety to reflect on their doors. If glazed, the arch can come in abstract, Murano glass, or frosted ones. A Solid 2 Panel 1 Arch door, on the other hand, is still an option for those worried about security that glazed doors might compromise.
2 Panel 1 Square
If you prefer a square instead of an arch at the top half of your door, this design is perfect for you. Two rectangular panels can be seen right underneath it. It is set up with secured locks for optimal security and privacy. Hinges are also completely adjustable right from the box. The door can be set up with a designed square glass at the top. Otherwise, it can be bought unglazed and solid.
The 6 Panel model is a solid and high-security door style fit for almost every home. Its design features six simple panels. Four similarly-sized rectangles line up in pairs. One pair sits at the bottom while the second pair nests in the middle. The top portion shows the last pair of panels that are comparably smaller than the other four. The smaller pair of squares sits right at the top.
4 Panel 2 Square
This door style is similar to a 6 Panel door. The layout of the shape and designs are identical. Two rectangular panels face line up by two’s and occupy around three quarters of the door’s structure by pair. The last quarter is occupied by a pair of squares that can come in the form of different types of glass and designs. It is also attached to adjustable hinges. Door handles and security locks are installed and ready.
4 Panel Sunburst
The 4 Panel Sunburst offers an extra punch of creative design to those who are looking for it. We can observe two pairs of rectangular panels carved into the wooden frame. Unlike the 4 Panel 1 Arch, the top half of the circle is no longer just that. It now resembles a shining sun. A smaller semi-circle sits at the bottom of the bigger one, and three lines emerge from it to resemble sunrays. This works best with creative glazed designs.
2 Panel 1 Grill
This door style features two panels in the form of rectangles sitting at the bottom part of the door. Instead of a regular large square above the panels, the design now shows 9 smaller squares within it. Two horizontal and two vertical lines are placed inside the square to look like grills. As there are multiple options available, this can be an opportunity to get creative with glass textures, designs, and door colours.
The diamond composite door style is for those looking for a cross between traditional and modern designs. It features a simple layout, with nothing but a simple upright diamond at the upper portion of the door. The diamond panel can be accentuated by designing it with a variety of backing glass. With this combination, the diamond door style can provide security while letting in light from outside. The door’s exterior and frame can also come in different classic and elegant colours.
The 4 Panel model might not feature a complicated design, but it is one of the most common door styles being utilized. It’s quite simple. Two longer rectangular panels sit right above two slightly shorter ones. Because of this design, one can be assured the door’s sturdiness and reliability. Solid doors also tend to block off noise from outside better. This goes the same for harsh temperatures or weather conditions. It offers simple elegance, yet security is never compromised.
2 Panel 4 Square
This design features two solid panels of equal sizes at the bottom of the door. Above them are two pairs of squares. The smaller of the two pairs is placed at the very top. These squares can be fitted with attractive glazing to improve the appearance and allow light or warmth, if needed. It can be fitted with different types or door knobs or handles. Glass options can range from finesse to zinc art designs.
The cottage design is as plain as it gets. It has no panels, no glass, and no carvings. However, this fits someone who is looking for a simple and traditional look. This is also a perfect option for someone looking for essence than looks. The cottage design is so compact and solid that it offers noise reduction, heat retention, safety, and it is just plain durable. Buyers can still choose to have the door’s frame and exterior painted from a selection of colours to enhance personalisation.
This door style features a traditional door frame with a single square at the top centre. This is suitable for those who appreciate the beauty of craftily-made glazing. Aside from aesthetics, the glass allows a reasonable amount of light that many can appreciate more compared to a dark and dull room. The door, handles, and glass components are all customizable to suit the buyer’s taste. This makes the 1 Square a good fit for those looking for a serviceable yet charming composite door.
Cottage Half Glaze
The Cottage Half Glaze shows off a large glass square at the upper portion of the door. Although glazing can sometimes incur a bit of extra cost, it can be worth it if you want to avoid solid doors blocking the sun out entirely from your home. The Cottage Half Glaze can counter the gloomy effect that solid doors can give, especially if windows are not easily accessible in your home or room.
This door style has a modern touch and design. This could appeal to those who would like to let light in the room through the door, but afraid that glass might cause security breach. The small square glass panels are strategically lined up in the centre. This will let light in without the fear of risking you or your family’s safety. Made with strong and durable materials along with security locks and handles, this is both safe and pretty to look at.
For those who have a more artistic inclination, the Circle door style can be your outlet. It features two semi-circles. One is on top of the other, with a small gap in between each of them. Not only does this let light and warmth stream through the house, it also is an opportunity to make your door attractive to whoever steps in. Stained glass with artistic designs can turn a simple door to something else that’s majestic.
If a solid door just won’t do, the 3 square is another option. It is a standard door, but has three neat squares lining up at the centre. This provides a touch of contemporary design. Along with this, the glass squares also provide a channel for heat and brightness to pass through. As the squares are small, heat retention will not be compromised. In line with this, it still provides safety and no compromise in terms of security.
The twin slide features two rectangular glass panels. These panels can be located at either the left or right side of the door. These can be designed to reflect intricate and crafty patterns using either stained or leaded glass materials. With the option to also personalize the door colors, handles and other components, the twin slide can become quite a stunning door. Attractive and functional, it is a good choice for any type of home.
The heart of this design is the three diamond-shaped glass panels. These panels are lined up from top to bottom in the middle of the door’s structure. The diamond glazing panels provide a look of sophistication and modern style that is pleasing to the eyes. It lets in a reasonable amount of light without letting out warmth during the cold weather. The diamond panels can still be made even prettier using various designs available for glazing.
The colour frame you choose for your composite door can either be the same as the overall door colouring or complement your chosen style. This colour relates to the different frame styles explore above and for your frame you have a choice of nine colourways, which are: White, Golden Oak, Mahogany, Cherrywood, Whitegrain, Black Brown, Chartwell Green, Cream and Grey.
The nine options for frame colouring differ slightly from the 13 colours for the door so the choice you make will decide whether your door and frame will be different colours or not.
The nine colours that you can choose from for your composite door frame are shown in the colour palette below.
The hardware suite for composite doors relates to features such as the handle, letter box, Urn and Spyhole. These features fall into two categories, FabFix Furniture & the Contemporary Range with both explored in detail below.
The FabFix range consists of three choices of handle – Standard, Lever/Pad & Split Spindle. Other features included within the FabFix Hardware Suite are Letterplate, Spyhole, Urn with choice of Spyhole included, Security Chain, Numerals and Thumb Turn Cylinder. These fittings all come in a choice of five colours: Gold, Chrome, Black, Graphite and White.
The Contemporary Hardware Range is split into five different kinds of suite, Classic, Long Bar, Handleless, Square and Bow Handle.
The classic suite features front doors with a central knob and is often associated with high-end properties because of its historic usage. This period style often works well with modern composite doors as a balance between old and new and means it works well no matter how old your home is.
This really is a classic look and works well with any composite door style or exterior surroundings.
The Long Bar handle suite incorporates modern composite door styles with stunning stainless steel long bar handles to really give your front door a bespoke and individual finish. This really is a contemporary style that makes a great addition to modern properties where every detail has been thought through and ensures your front door never goes out of fashion.
The handleless hardware suite is exactly that, stylish front doors complete with a minimalistic approach that are perfect for anyone looking for an elegant and uncluttered look to their front door.
The streamlined finish makes this furniture suite perfect for both modern and classic homes and really adds a touch of class.
The square suite is a new approach to door furniture is a great fit for sleek looking, modern properties.
This suite’s benefits lie in the geometric design of either square handles or square bars depending on what you prefer. This can then be matched perfectly with a square knocked and stainless steel letterplate for an ultra-modern composite door.
The Bow Handle suite is the last of the contemporary range and a variation of the Long Bar. The furniture suite consists of the choice between both Long Bow handles and Short Bow depending on the finish you want for your front door and adds an elegant touch.
The bow handles are made from stainless steel and incredibly hard wearing meaning your composite will not only look great but also be long lasting as well.
Side Panels can often add an overall finishing touch to your composite door. The size and styles change depending on spacing you have available and there are a number of different variations of side panel for you to choose from to find the perfect match for your front door.
In total there are seven different designs, in ten different colours with numerous glass options ensuring you can find a bespoke, tailored style for your home. For a more in depth look at composite doors and side panels check out our guide.