Blue (£44.99 per 2.5l) - it's neither truly black nor blue and gives a smart look. MidnightBlue is elegant on a white-fronted period house. For something classic, green or grey works well; go for gloss on a townhouse or matt in thecountryside (Carriage Green, Studio Green and Off-Black are currently Farrow & Ball's mostpopular shades.) 'For more complex colours, deeper tones work better on front doors,' suggestsLouise Smith, colour and design manager at Dulux. 'My favourites are Cocoa Blush 1 orMaraschino Mocha 1 for a decadent look and Tarragon Glory 5 or Red Stallion 4 (£16.99for 2.5l) for a more intense look.' nternal doors'These days, a door doesn't just let you into a room: it can be made of steel or glass, or act as awall or a window. Press a button and bingo - it's no longer there! There are even ones you canmake disappear into the floor,' enthuses James Wells of Wells Mackereth Architects. Increasingly,doors inside your home no longer block one room from another, but instead allow for flow of lightand movement throughout a space. Glass A hot trend is for sliding and panel doors in glass with barely there fixtures and fittings.Good suppliers include The Disappearing Door Company, Innerdoor and Dorma. Sliding Gone are the days of wobbly sliding doors - the new pocket doors literally disappear intothe wall. 'They are a complete system to which you can add you own door, leaving no need tocompromise on door style,' says Padraic Healey of The David Barley Company, distributors of thesleek Eclisse range of doors in the UK. 'They're also ideal as room dividers between living andsleeping areas,' says James Fletcher, MD of Draks. Invisible Curved or flat seamless doors lend continuity to a space. Try Dooria and Doorhaus. Textured wood Try doors in dark grainy woods. Barausse's Panama range uses coconut shell tilesand the Tetrix range boasts teak, stainless steel and leather. FIRE SAFETY AND SECURITY Fire preventionWhen replacing a door, inside or out, be aware of fire regulations (visit the professional sectionabout Part B regulations at planningportal.gov.uk). Generally, this applies to any door that leadson to what is deemed a fire escape route. Royde & Tucker has created a discreet fire doorsystem called SmoClo as an alternative to self-closing fire doors. It can be easily fitted to existingdoors as long as it is part of an existing mains-operated smoke detection system. Visitfiresafety.org.uk for more info. Home securityEnsure any lock fitted meets the British Standard five-lever mortice deadlock system - a Yale-typerim latch cylinder lock on its own is not sufficient protection,' says The London Door Company'sKerry Walters. Security specialists Banham recommends a combination of a latch lock and adeadlock (try a Banham M2002 cylinder mortice deadlock and a L2000 rim deadbolt, which areboth insurance approved and to British Standard 3621). If you live in a high-crime area, investigatethe benefits of a reinforced steel front door. For added security, opt for laminated security glass.