When it comes to choosing interior doors for your home, there are so many different types that it can be daunting to know which will work best with your style. From simple flush doors to fancier French ones, interior doors can either help set the style of your home or blend into the background. To assist in your decision making process, we’ve made a list of the various interior doors available and what makes them all unique.
Before you get started choosing your interior doors, be sure to know both your budget and the size of the doors needed. Standard built homes usually conform to a set size, but some customizations can lead to needing to order something more specific. Measure any doorways you feel might not fit standard sizing, as well as any areas you are adding a door to that didn’t previously have one.
Slab doors are standard doors that often can either be flush doors or moulded panels. They can be customized to suit any interior with panels, intricate designs, and paint. You can choose from a solid core for more soundproofing or a hollow core for a more lightweight feel. If you are looking to make a statement with a flush door, opt for a bold accent colour that compliments the colour of the trim and wall the door is on. You can also find panelling that compliments the architecture of the rest of the house. These doors work best for any room, particularly bathrooms and bedrooms as they allow for complete privacy.
Barn doors can either be single or double paneled doors that slide along a top rail much like traditional country barn doors, but classier. They work best in rustic and farmhouse designs but are also appearing in industrial style. Barn doors are best used in kitchens and rooms that you want to keep open and only occasionally close off. Conversely, they are also used as ensuite bathroom doors. Barn doors come as hollow and solid core options, though it should be noted that a solid core will be a bit weightier to slide back and forth. If you decide on double barn doors, they are great for wider door frames and areas that you want to frame out to break up the space.
Glass paned doors are perfect for keeping rooms feeling light and open while providing some soundproofing between them. They are particularly great for home offices and areas that don’t require much privacy. Glass paned doors also add visual intrigue between complimentary room designs and help make homes feel more open. You can choose from a variety of pane options including pattern, amount, or between clear and diffused glass. Diffused glass paned doors are commonly used in spaces that need more light but also require privacy, such as ensuite bathrooms. They also work great as pantry doors, especially when you choose a frosted pane with an etched design.
Louvered doors work the opposite of glass paned doors in that they offer privacy while still allowing for sound to travel through. They also allow for air to flow between rooms, helping to maintain a consistent temperature. Louvered doors are great for rooms that are usually left open when in use, such as children’s play rooms, mud rooms, and laundry rooms but can be closed off when not in use for a tidier look. In terms of style, these work best with historic designs, modern ranch themes, or beach-style interiors.
Pocket doors are sliding doors that, when open, tuck into the wall and are virtually unnoticeable. They have, on occasion, been used in bathrooms to separate the toilet from the rest of the room. More commonly they have been used in dining rooms as they can be left open when the room is unoccupied or closed during dinner parties or for keeping the family pet from disrupting your meal. Pocket doors can be solid or glass paned depending on your preference and add a touch of style to an otherwise empty door frame.
French doors add a touch of class to any space. Commonly found as patio doors, they can also be used as interior doors, usually for living rooms, sitting rooms, and sun rooms. They are typically glass panelled but solid French doors are becoming increasingly popular in bedrooms. Due to the glass panelling, French doors allow natural light into the room while also providing some soundproofing. You can add curtains or blinds for extra privacy if desired. There is also a variety of decorative glass options to complement your space. Styles range from simple to intricate, with glass being anywhere from clear to obscure.
Whether you’ve made your decision on which interior door type is best for your home or you would prefer to come and see your options in person, North Shore Door is here for you. We’ll help you find the doors that work best for your style, needs, and budget. Come by and look at our showroom to see all of the options available to you. Personalize your home to your unique style with interior doors from North Shore Door.
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