What are tall and flat, often have a surface area of around 800 square feet and are mostly ignored when designing a house? Your doors. Exterior and interior doors are wonderful opportunities to make an impression and showcase your style. Much like art, they can add beautiful panache to your home. Interior designer Janie K. Hirsch and architect Elias Kababie share how to unlock this powerful design statement throughout your house.
To stand out from the rest of your block, pick a front door with personality. “The front door should be an introduction to what you’re going to experience inside,” says Kababie, who owns his eponymous architecture firmin Mexico City. “It should be an unexpected statement and have an interesting design point of view.”
Consider a fun pop of color, an unusual shape or unexpected hardware. The teal blue shade of the door seen here packs a punch, yet it’s classic enough to work with the beveled window and dual decorative panels. Other front door options include frosted glass, double doors and paneling. “A door shape that I love that’s rarely seen is an arched door, either as single or double doors,” says Hirsch, who owns J. Hirsch Interior Design in Berkeley Lake, Georgia.
A fresh, interesting design can take bedroom doors from snoozeworthy to stunning. Pick styles that suit your bedroom aesthetic, and consider different types such as barn or pocket doors. “A pocket door is perfect when you don’t want to block a hallway or another door,” Hirsch says. “Or when you need the space for a piece of furniture in an awkward furniture plan.”
Also keep in mind what you need most from a bedroom door: privacy and noise reduction, Kababie says. This bedroom door’s sleek, subtle details and solid profile complement the home’s Scandinavian style while providing privacy and a sound barrier to the stairwell.
Choose doors that work well with the overall look of your kitchen, especially the cabinetry. Think about the color palette, paneling and hardware. “Interior doors should reflect the style of your home,” Hirsch says. “Consider paneled doors for traditional or Craftsman homes and flat-slab doors in more modern houses.”
The simple, single-panel barn doors in this kitchen suit the transitional-style slab cabinetry and straight-lined hardware. “Sliding barn doors are great for a visual impact, when you have the wall space on either side of the door frame,” Hirsch says.
View doors as an additional decor piece, whether you use your dining room nightly or just for special occasions. Consider, for instance, a flat-front single door in a vibrant hue, an intricate glass door or a barn-style door with impressive paneling.
The French double doors seen here — with decorative molding, classic hardware and frosted glass — set a glamorous tone in this dining area. An added bonus? “A double door makes it very easy to get furniture and other things in and out,” Hirsch says. Also, thanks to the glass, the doors separate the room without making it feel closed off.
Install glass exterior doors to enjoy your yard even when you’re inside. Designs such as the double doors seen here — with large glass inserts and side panels — offer garden views and natural light and let you keep an eye on outdoor activities. Bifold and sliding glass doors are two other good options. “Patio doors should be a mix between privacy, security, trend and design,” Kababie says.
Now that you’re aware of the key design element your home might be missing, all you need to do is select your favorite door styles, colors and hardware. Chat with your designer or a specialist at your local hardware store to get started.
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