With all the other things to consider during a renovation project, it’s easy to overlook internal doors. However, they can play an integral part in the flow and function of your home, and can also give the property a strong architectural style. Take a look at these ideas for inspiration.
Bring in light with glazing
If you want to allow more light into your space, or see easily into other rooms, a glazed internal door is a great option. It works particularly well if you have double doors, or more than one door in the room, as the glass will make them feel less oppressive.
When choosing a glazed door, don’t scrimp on the glass – go for good quality with a bevelled edge. If you’ve bought an old property with existing glazed doors, bear in mind they might not contain safety glass. I would always recommend you change this glass, especially if you have small children in the house.
To ensure you have the correct safety glass installed, make sure you keep up to date with government regulations and always seek advice from a qualified fitter.
Partition with a pocket door
We all love the idea of living, eating and playing in one open-plan space, but there might be times when you want to separate your living areas. The ability to shut the door on a room will give you the best of both worlds. If you can build in pocket doors that slide into compartments in the wall, as here, they will have very little impact on the space itself.
Opt for elegant metal frames
Metal-framed doors create a sleek impact and look lovely in contemporary spaces. They feel industrial, but still exude a sense of refinement. By glazing wall to wall, you can really open out a space, and when you take that glazing floor to ceiling, it draws the eye upwards and lifts the room.
This really helps when you’re dealing with a room that has changing levels, as it balances out the visual impact of the drop in ceiling height.
Slide along a wall
If you’d like a pocket door but don’t have enough depth in the wall to conceal it, opt for one that simply slides in front of the wall. Instead of choosing a standard door width, it’s a great idea to go as wide as the wall can support. This will create a feeling of the two spaces being open-plan.
However, this can make the door very heavy to use, so ensure you take the best advice on the mechanism and door furniture. Also consider what the door is made of, so you don’t add too much weight.
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Make a statement with reflection
Mirrored doors are a lovely way to bring light and impact to a room, especially if there’s a beautiful interior to reflect. You don’t have to use standard mirror glass – options include varying levels of antiqued glass, or coloured glasses in bronze and rose gold. Adding an effect to the glass can make it feel warmer and less stark.
However, there won’t be many effects that can hide fingermarks, so if you have small children, or if the door is in a high-traffic area, be prepared to polish it frequently.
A mirrored door can create an amazing visual impact and make a real architectural statement, but it’s important to give it thought. If the space is very large or messy, you might want to avoid this option.
Create a secret entrance
Sometimes, a door can get in the way of a room’s décor and you might want to hide it altogether. A playful approach is to run the design of your wall right over it. By hanging paintings onto the door itself, or running the mouldings across it, you can make it almost completely disappear.
Contemplate a multi-tasker
Doors can be a great place for storage, particularly if the items aren’t very deep. The small books and children’s toys here make a great display on the back of the door, and add some colour and fun to the space. To ensure items don’t slip off, fix a small lip to the front of each shelf.
Add charm to a modern interior
To prevent a contemporary space feeling too clinical, choose doors with some character. This wooden design adds a rustic feel to the modern, white room. Hunt in salvage outlets or online to find something really unusual, and hire a good joiner to make it fit into the space.