Interior Doors – More Than Just Room Dividers

Interior doors do more than just separate rooms and provide privacy; they help to define the style and character of your home, while providing warmth, beauty, and function. From traditional and Craftsman panel options to rustic louvers, elegant French doors to modern flush there are endless options available to fit your needs. The key is in choosing a door that will meet your decorating flair, add value, and provide satisfaction for years to come.

Over the next few weeks we’ll talk about the different options available to you for interior doors. We’ll cover the different construction styles available, different architectural options, and more. Interior doors are a great (and fairly easy) way to upgrade and refresh the interior of your home. As we discuss the different options available for interior doors and you think about the doors that would be right for your home there are a few key factors to keep in mind:

1. The type of doors you need (and how many). Make sure you do a count of how many doors you are looking to replace and take inventory of how many are hinged, sliding, full-size, and bi-folds. Pay attention to the swing of your doors as well, with pre-hung doors you can change whether the doors swing into or out of a room. Generally, you don’t want a door to open into a hall or corridor, keep that in mind when choosing which way your door swings. You’ll also want to take inventory of what kind of handleset you want or need for your doors.

2. The material your doors will be made of. Wood doors offer great privacy and reduce sound transmission with the beauty of authentic grain patterns. French glass doors create the illusion of more space and can be great for dens, pantries and other communal spaces but they don’t provide as much privacy. MDF doors are an engineered product so they’re very stable and not likely to warp/twist. Hollow core options are less expensive but transmit noise and offer less heft and stability. We’ll cover of details on all of this with next week’s blog.

3. The space available for and purpose of you doors. Consider the space you have available for doors to open and the purpose the door is supposed to serve. Is a door there mainly for privacy, as sound-barrier, or for aesthetic appeal?

4. Remember that it is okay to mix and match. There is nothing wrong with combining different types of interior doors. You can add a great deal of style and character to your home by combining wood species or different materials within your millwork package. If you are going to mix and match wood species, try to choose woods that have similar grain patterns (such a Cherry with Alder or Oak with Hickory). Also think about mixing stains and paints – think a gorgeous stained, wood door with painted casing and base moulding. You don’t have to be limited to one specie, material or color. Let you style and personality shine through, after all it’s your home!

If you are thinking about updating your doors, above are some ideas to get your started

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