By Janet Myers | August 11, 2018

Interior Design: How to Choose Doors to Elevate an Entryway

Form follows function – this concept goes for your doors, too. Doors are another essential element of the overall design for your home. You'd be surprise how switching out a door for a new one can completely transform the look and feel of a room. Here are a few of our favorite interior door styles that elevate both beauty and function.

Pocket Doors

pocket doors

Photo by Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc
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Pocket doors are an excellent way to separate rooms without creating a solid barrier. For example, they're great options for closing off a kitchen from the dining area without completely barricading in guests. Consider using glass, as this makes it easy to see through the other side and prevents feelings of claustrophobia. There are so many beautiful options for glass, including clear window panes, colored accents and textured panels.

Use a pocket door to create a flexible space, keep a hallway from getting too cluttered or even add a splash of color to an otherwise boring room. Of course, your pocket door doesn't have to be a bold statement; it can also be a near-invisible divider that blends into the walls.

Stained Wood

stained doors

Photo by Choice Wood Company
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While they're a traditional look, stained wood doors still have the same appeal as they have for years. Take, for example, this mid-sized Mediterranean medium-tone wood floor entryway remodel. With beige walls and a dark wood front door, the space exudes warmth and coziness. Even altering one piece of this design would completely change the atmosphere.

This is another example of how stained wood looks great on an interior door. Paired with clean white walls and a chalkboard, this old-school door brings charm to an otherwise plain space.

Clean Lines

clean lines

Photo by JELD-WEN Windows and Doors
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So much of interior design focuses on clean finishes, so why should your doors be the exception? Consider the dark finishes on the handles and hinges of this white farmhouse door. Using different finishes such as these really makes the door pop without going crazy. The Shaker-plank lines define the space and give everything a clean and inviting appearance.

Lines also elevate an otherwise flat door and give it dimension. Even traditional doors can benefit from raised panels and detailing.

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Barn Doors

barn doors

Photo by Moger Mehrhof Architects
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For a truly invigorating look, opt for a barn door for your home. To make it authentic, use salvaged wood from an actual barn for a rustic appearance. Of course, you might not have that option, so you can always paint fresh wooden planks to the color you desire, just like this designer did with this beige bathroom door. Don't be afraid to stay neutral; a barn door is a big statement, so it's acceptable to go bold with color.

Not all barn doors have to be wood, either. Consider playing with alternative materials, such as metal or glass. This set of metal doors features antiquated ring pulls along with burnished surface designs for a truly unique and stunning effect.

For more inspiration for your own home, check out these interior designs by David Gray Design Studio.

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