Most people think about colors, furniture, and layout when they want to update their home or office. Most people don’t think about important design elements such as lighting or even interior doors. Creatively designed interior doors can add personality and character to a space, improve the flow of natural light, and also serve as flexible partitions to break up an open floor plan or connect two rooms. For example, your bedroom and bathroom doors can easily be replaced with a different style. You can add panels, glass, refinish your doors with paint and upholstery, or change your doors to pocket doors or a sliding barn door. An interior door adds a beautiful architectural detail and style that creates a focal point in a place where people’s eye will be drawn to it. Here are a few ways you can update your doors subtly or boldly either as a DIY project or with professional help that will elevate your space to a luxurious look and feel.
Paint is a simple and affordable way to give your doors some personality. It’s a fun DIY project with family and friends if you want to tackle it yourself. You can paint your doors a bold color to add contrast against the rest of your color palette in the space. Some colors to consider are teal, cayenne, wine, or a burnt orange which are going to be popular colors for 2019. You can paint both sides of your doors one color, paint one side of your door a bold color, or use 2 contrasting colors on one side to create a two tone colorblock design. It will be sure to make a statement!
Most people don’t think about upholstering their doors. However, adding fabric, leather, or vinyl definitely adds personality, character, and visual interest to a room. Consider a bold emerald green velvet fabric, rich caramel leather that develops a beautiful patina over time, or a striking geometric patterned fabric to elevate your doors to a luxurious look and feel. Adding upholstery to your doors is no easy task. However, the fabric and batting of upholstery creates depth and texture that is truly stunning. Finish it up with decorative details such as nailheads which can be done in any pattern and really creates a luxurious look and feel to any space.
Adding glass to your doors whether it’s clear or frosted for privacy and beauty are a great way to help natural light flow through a room. Glass will dress up your doors and give it style and visual appeal. You can add a large piece of glass for your interior doors, or just add glass panels to a portion of your doors in clear, translucent, or frosted glass. Also, mirrored glass can add glamour to a room. Glass french double doors are another option that is classic and timeless. It can add a level of formality if you want to close off your dining room from the kitchen. We’ve been in a world of open floor plans for a really long time that people are starting to gravitate back toward the ability to have some privacy and close off a space.
If you have flush doors, panels and molding will give it style and dress up a boring slab door. Also called stile and rail doors, panels can be a DIY project if you have the patience and time, or you can replace your entire door with 2, 4, 6, or 8 panel configurations in Shaker, Art Deco, Colonial, Cottage, and many other styles. You can also add molding to your doors in various patterns and designs. I like doors by Trustile where you can customize the doors you want in any configuration, but they are not cheap. They are well worth the cost and alot of architects and designers like to specify Trustile doors in their projects because not only are their doors high quality, their custom options add a beautiful, unique design element to any home or office space.
Stencils or patterned wallpaper are ways you can easily give your doors a makeover. If you have a flush door, you can easily paint your door and add stencils in any kind of pattern and colors to the entire door. If you have panel doors, you can paint the rails and stiles one color and add stencils or patterned wallpaper to the panels in contrasting colors for example that reflects your personality in the design.
Pocket doors or barn doors are great sliding doors if you want something different and want to conserve space. For example, if you have a tiny bathroom, a pocket door would be a great option to consider. You would need double the wall space to add a pocket door. Sliding doors can be casual, rustic barn doors with eye-catching hardware, or simple, sleek, and modern. Incorporating a sliding barn door can help break up an open space without adding something as permanent as a wall. No matter what style you choose, they add a lot of character open or closed.
These are some ideas to inspire you to give your doors a nice subtle refresh or make it a bold focal point in your home or office. Plus, some of the ideas are affordable as a DIY project with family and friends. If you do want a designer’s touch to spruce up your space and are ready to jump in with your design project, please contact me for a complimentary design consultation. To schedule your consultation, click here. In the meantime, happy decorating!