Look At Your Neighbours
Walk around the nearby streets and take a look at other properties of a similar age and build to your place. Take note of how the different door and window combinations affect the overall look of the outside. Analyse what gives a home the best kerb appeal. While you are looking, also remember what clearly does not work so you can avoid making similar mistakes.
Dark Or Light Colours
Dark coloured UPVC doors and windows can have a dramatic effect on a property. It could be just the style you are looking for. These shades can also look quite flat so take time to consider this option. Light colours highlight an area and make it stand out, which is not good for camouflaging an ugly part of your home.
For window and door combinations, you could choose a contrast and mix light and dark hues for a great affect. Use a colour wheel to help and go for either colours that are next to each other for a complementary combination, or on complete opposite sides of the wheel for a bold contrast.
Another option would be to use the same colour, but in different tones. This works nicely with greys - a dark grey door and light grey windows creates a smart, elegant look.
Matt Or Gloss Finish
A matt finish often looks lighter than the colour actually is and this finish will create a subtly different look on a door to a gloss finish. Gloss intensifies a colour choice making it stronger and more prominent. Doors and windows look better if they are all in the same finish, so if you go for matt, everything should match unless you have a particularly good eye for this kind of detail.
Interior Of The Frames
Consider what things will look like inside your home. You are more likely to change the interior décor before you change the windows and doors, so pick something that will look great with future alterations. Dark shades around a window inside will steal light from a room, whereas a white or cream window frame will add some light. This is the same for the front door, so think about the hallway and how the colour used will affect the light in this area. If your door is going to have glass panels within it or around it, this is not such an issue.