When you’re decorating a new home or revamping your current abode, you may think that once you’ve chosen the flooring, wall colour and furniture the most important decisions are made. But before you sit down with a nice cup of tea, have you given any thought to the doors? While they are often perceived as serving a strictly functional purpose, the way internal doors look can have a dramatic impact on a room.
Many contemporary homes opt for an open plan format. This makes the house feel more airy and can create a sense of space which is particularly useful if you regularly host gatherings or parties in your home. But what if you want to shut out noise from another room or keep a cold draft at bay? What if you just want a bit of privacy?
Stylish internal doors are a vital inclusion of homes, allowing you to adjust access to rooms without detracting from the overall style. Many believe hardwood doors are the only option but there is actually a wide selection of doors available in all shapes and sizes.
White interior doors
White is clean, minimal and contemporary – the perfect colour for a smart, modern home. The light colour can even create an illusion of space, making the room look bigger than it really is.
Hardwood internal doors
The use of wood to craft furniture spans across the ages and it’s easy to see why it remains popular. As the name suggests, hardwood is sturdy and incredibly durable but is also pleasing to the eye; creating a warm and natural glow. Check the extensive selection of Wickes or Magnet internal doors online, or to get an idea of designs before buying.
Pre-glazed internal doors
Lift a room by allowing additional light to pour in with pre-glazed internal doors. Bevelled glass in doors can make a house feel more open and spacious and drastically enhance the aesthetic qualities of your home.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect door for your room, you can start focusing on the more subtle design touches, such as home accessories. These should complement the existing style of your rooms whilst adding character and identity.
Keeping the foundations of interior design neutral and injecting colour and creative flair through accessories is a common trend. High-street retailers like Debenhams stock wide choices of accessories so you can redecorate on a budget. Match with salient design features like doors for a seamless style or add interest with quirky, eclectic options
Whatever your decision, the important thing to remember is your home design should be personal. Choosing the right doors and pairing them with accessories and other features is an easy way to create something beautiful and personal so it’s important that you consider all available options.
Whilst there are plenty of different materials to consider in the world of home improvement, natural wood has always remained right at the top of the list in terms of popularity. For hundreds of years homeowners have favoured solid timber for their furniture, doors or fittings and it is not at all difficult to see why. Not only is wood incredibly strong, hardwearing and simple to work with, but it is also very pleasing to the eye. And because this organic material is available in so many gorgeous varieties, it will fit in beautifully with any type of property, be it old or modern.
Another great thing about using natural wood in your home environment is that it need not cost you the earth. There are of course plenty of exotic timbers to consider, but ‘standard’ types of timber have just as much to offer and they can often be found for a far lower price than you would expect. Oak and other hardwood front doors will always give the exterior of your home a jolly handsome look, whilst bare pine flooring, skirting or architrave are guaranteed to create a wonderfully cosy effect.
Since wood can be stained, waxed or varnished, you can also opt to change the entire colour scheme in and around your home from time to time. However, if you are planning on this, then it is advisable to start off with a lighter shade to begin with as this could save you having a whole lot of stripping or sanding to do in the years ahead!
Solid wood furniture will also look great in your home and this can be picked up relatively cheaply if you are prepared to put in a little work. There are plenty of second-hand shops out there with all kinds of items that merely require a touch of TLC. A quick scrub with some sugar soap, a light sand and a dab of wood wax can have some genuinely magical results. Undertaking this type of project is also extremely rewarding as giving an old piece of furniture a new lease of life will provide you with a real sense of satisfaction!
Those are just a few good reasons why solid natural wood remains so sought after. And there are certainly no signs of this changing anytime soon.
This feature is researched and presented by UK based doors supplier Doordeals.
According to Merriam-Webster.com, a door is defined as “a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened”. Doors allow access within structures and a passage to the outside. Doors serve as architectural elements in most structures as well as provide security, conceal spaces, prohibit air and sound and allow light to enter a room. There are many door types for both interior and exterior specific purposes.
One type of exterior door is the screen door which hangs on the outside of solid exterior doors. The interior solid door opens and the screen door gives way for the air to flow through while preventing pests and any substances from entering the room during warm weather.
Slab doors are designed from a rectangular piece of metal, wood or composite materials, which are available in various standard dimensions. It can be sold without hardware or hinges. A slab door can be inset panels with the same projection as the outside frame with the edges of the panel cut at an angle. It can also be flush with no raised or recessed surfaces. Also slab doors can be recessed or flat panel with lower than the outside frame.
Pocket doors are commonly used in tiny rooms where there is a premium or contemporary spaces to open up a floor plan and give “no door” illusion. These types of door are made of solid or glass which is usually used as interior doors. Some pocket doors are used as certain sliding glass patio doors. Large wood or metal pocket doors are seen in commercial and loft residential spaces functioned as exterior doors.
Sliding Patio Door:
A Sliding patio door is a panel door that glides horizontally in lower and upper tracks. It consists of two to four large glass panels. This type of patio door is commonly used for easy access going out to a patio, pool or any outdoor spaces. Each panel used on rollers for ease of operation. There are modern sliding glass patio doors that are made with low energy consumption and double-pane glass. There are even manufactured with argon gas injected between the panes to increase energy insulation and efficiency.
Bi-fold and Bypass Doors:
Bi-fold and bypass doors are space-saving coverings. These types of door are made from hinged leaves that glide along an upper track, which folds onto one another when open. Bi-fold doors can be opened to one side and can be folded back to each side in the center opening. While the Bypass doors also consist of 2 rigid doors that are louvered, flush, flat panel or even mirrored. Both doors are designed primarily for utility rooms, closets and other small storage areas that cannot accommodate a traditional hinged door.