Choosing Interior Doors: Style & Function

Home Interior - DoorMany features in the home serve a dual purpose of decorating the space and functioning as something regularly used in the home. For example, curtains or a window treatment helps create privacy and darken the room, but they also enhance the décor of the room with a certain style.

Doors within the home certainly influence the style of the home, as well as provide an important function for security and privacy.

A New Door: Simple Change, Big Impact

Changing the doors within the home is one way to make a large impact with minimal effort put into changing the architecture of the home. For new and recently built homes, door installation may require nothing more complicated than changing the location of the hinges.

One of the best reasons to switch out the doors in the home is because it’s a simple change that may offer a big impact on the style of the room. You can also create an overall theme for your home by switching the doors in several rooms.

Just a few of the doors available for your interior doorways include:

  • Accordion doors
  • Bi-fold doors
  • French doors
  • Pocket doors

In addition, you’ll need to pick from solid, faux, or engineered wood (most interior doors are wood). You may choose something interesting like a door with a large frosted or clear glass pane, but be aware of potential issues with privacy when you choose glass for your interior doors.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Door

Although you might find an ornately carved door to be something beautiful for your home, remember that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to doors. A pair of heavy doors with significant ornamentation may not be the right choice for a small room.

You (probably) don’t want to transform your comfortable living room into a monastery with heavy wood frames and carvings.

According to Houzz:

Be sure to pay attention to the overall size and feel of a room. A massive and ornate door may overwhelm tiny rooms, making them feel smaller instead of bigger.

If anything, the best choice for an interior door in a small room might be a plain, modern door in a neutral color that complements the wall color or has some subtle carving that might match the baseboards.

In addition, when you choose the direction of your door – and custom doors may be ordered with handles on either side – it’s usually best to make sure doors don’t open into hallways. Although this rule isn’t absolute, blocked hallways can restrict access and flow in the home.

Tackling the Trim

If you’re replacing your interior doors with similar doors to what was already installed in your home, you might not need to worry about the trim, but changing the trim is a good way to create more impactful change with your new doors.

Your contractor can replace the trim without making any significant changes to your home. The doors you choose might come with optional trims you may purchase. Or, your contractor can match the paint scheme on your new doors and match it to the trim you chose.

Also consider that traditional wood trim isn’t the only choice you have for changing the decorative appeal of your doorways. You may also think about lining a door with tiles if the décor of the room will support that type of embellishment.

Don’t Forget the Closets

If you’re planning on changing all of the interior doors of your home as part of a remodeling project, don’t forget about the closet doors. There’s no need to spend heavily on closet doors, but the style of your closet doors should match what you choose for the other doors throughout the home.

One of the most important features of a new closet door is its functionality. Don’t get caught up in the ornamentation of the door if your choice will negatively impact the available space you have in the room or the ease of accessing the contents of your closets.

According to HGTV Remodels:

The location of your closet and the amount of space you have in the room will determine the best type of door for your closet. No matter the style, you want a closet door that gives you easy access to the contents inside and reflects the look of your home.

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