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Choosing Interior Doors

When it's time to decorate your home, whether it's for a brand new home or a remodeling project, one thing that's often overlooked is the style of your interior doors. The style of the door that you choose can make a subtle, definitive difference throughout your home. Unfortunately, the majority of today's new homes feature interior doors that are bland, hollow-core with plain brass knobs. They offer no character at all. You will be amazed at what a difference changing such a subtle design accent can make throughout your home.

Pocket sliding doors are a great addition to the interior of your home. In places where a door that opens into or out of a room takes up too much space, pocket interior doors work great and provide an elegant look. They slide into recessed “pockets” that fit into the wall on one or both sides of a doorway. They were regularly used in turn-of-the-century housing and are a major selling point in many old homes. The styles of interior doors in the past were way more intricate and appealing so why not use the past for ideas.

If you are interested in more of a contemporary decorating scheme, then I would suggest using interior doors made of cherry, poplar, oak, hickory or walnut, among other woods. However, many home builders are opting to use materials such as glass or metal because they offer a sleek look without the maintenance that wood requires.

Regardless of what scheme you decide to follow, the style of your interior doors should complement the style of your homes entire decor. The options of interior door styles are virtually endless so at times the process of selection is mind boggling. The various standard styles include doors with two to eight panels, raised or flat panels, glass options, mirror options, and French door styles. Furthermore, you can select from cafe doors, bi-fold doors, bypass doors and pocket doors.

Tips on choosing interior doors for your home:

  • There are no rules against mixing and matching interior door styles or colors. As long as you keep some elements the same, mixing and matching can be a great way to spice up the interior décor. I would suggest using the same color, finish or basic styling to provide a consistency and flow.
  • Many home owners enjoy painted interior doors, as well as natural wood. Make note that soft white works well with most decor, but black gives the doorway more presence by creating a deeper and wider appearance. Black is becoming increasingly popular.
  • Pay attention to the overall dimensions of your rooms before selecting an interior door. For example, an enormous sliding glass door may be beautiful, but it may also overwhelm a tiny sitting room. However, the same mirrored door may benefit a room with windows because it will reflect the outside and make a small room appear more spacious.
  • Always do your shopping. When it comes down it, the most important factor in choosing interior doors is your preference. Be sure to find a look and a style that you like in a price range that suits your budget.

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