Thursday, 26 February 2015

Choosing the right door for your home

We're in the midst of making a few changes to our home: decorating the living room and one of the bedrooms; finishing off a few neglected DIY jobs; and generally getting the house looking a bit smarter ready for when it goes back on the market next year.  Some of the internal doors have seen better days, so they are on the list of things to be updated, and this guest post explains how changing a door can have a big impact on the look of a room.

Whether you’ve just moved home, are in the middle of a huge renovation or just fancy a change of theme in one particular room, changing or refinishing your doors can completely update the overall look and feel of a room. On the opposite end of the scale, having a door which does not fit the décor can leave a room feeling inconsistent and out of odds.

What to consider when choosing a new door

Internal doors do not have to be as sturdy as external doors as they do not face as much weathering. They are usually made of a timber frame, with either real wood or foil veneers. Real wood veneered doors have a very thin layer of wood bonded onto the timber frame to replicate the look and feel of a solid oak door, at a more affordable option. Foil veneered doors are even more affordable, as they use a synthetic foil which replicates the look of real wood. There is also the option for moulded doors – these are made from moulded wood fibre to replicate the look of a wood panelled door, however are not built upon a timber frame. Instead, they are made with different core types to provide different weights. A heavier weighted core acts as a great sound buffer, but may not be practical for doors which are used frequently.

There are several styles of internal doors to choose from – flush, panelled and glazed. Flush doors
have a smooth surface so are great for contemporary, sleek rooms. Glazed doors incorporate, or are made up of, glass panels and are perfect for opening up small dark rooms and for providing continuation between two rooms, such as a kitchen and dining room. Panelled doors can come with various numbers of panels embossed into the surface, creating a more traditional look, and would suit both modern, traditional and rustic home interiors.

When it comes to the door frame, there’s a choice of traditional swing, sliding doors, double doors and folding doors. Traditional swing doors are the easiest option when simply replacing a door rather than going through a full renovation, and the frame can be stripped and painted to match your new door. Sliding doors and folding doors are great for small spaces as they do not require room for outswing, and they also add a contemporary chic feel to a room so suit modern and sleek décor. Double doors are a great option for large spaces as they break up blank walls and bring light and depth to a room.


Colour is generally one of the easier things to take into consideration, due to the existing or intended colour themes. White doors look great with minimalist interiors made up of whites, blacks and neutrals, however also look great providing a stark contrast against brighter colours. 

Dark wooden doors, similar to mahogany colours, work well with grandeur décor and darker furnishings, however can be too much for small spaces so ensure there’s enough light and space in the room. Natural wood doors tend to fit with most décor, but looks particularly at home with natural earth based colours and rustic, shabby chic themes. Cream doors also work in place of wood doors for a rustic interior, and can replace white doors when a room is overly white and clinical to add warmth.