How to Choose an Interior Door Style - Tired of staring at a plain boring door, but not sure what your options are? In today's post, I'm discussing styles of interior doors - with photo examples.

How to Choose an Interior Door Style

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One of the most simple and easy updates you can do to glam up your interior is switching out your door. This is an especially good option for renters, if you have somewhere you can safely store the original for when you move out. I’m planning on changing out my door so that I can update the style, paint it, and change the hardware without potentially damaging the door that’s already there.

In today’s post, I’m going to describe the types of doors that are available, and give you some examples of what they might look like.

Flush door

A flush door is a simple, plain, completely unadorned panel that comes standard with most houses. These are the ones that I prefer to swap out for something with a bit more personality. They’re functional and inexpensive, so if you have a smaller budget you could purchase one and paint it.

Sliding door

A sliding door is exactly how it sounds: instead of swinging out into a room, it slides along the wall. These usually have tracks that are hard to clean, but are great if you don’t have enough floor space for a regular door. The downside is that you lose the use of the wall space behind where it slides.

Pocket door

A pocket door is similar to a sliding door, but it slides into a ‘pocket’ in the wall. I prefer these over regular sliding doors, because you’re saving wall space as well as floor space. Pocket doors come in all sorts of styles, so they’re a good space-saving yet still decorative option.

Barn door

A barn door is another style of sliding door. They typically have traditional barn-like aesthetics, using natural materials to help invite that industrial/rustic feel. You can modernise them with a slick coat of paint, or keep them natural with wood panels.

French door

French doors are one of my favourite styles. With or without glass, they make me want to fling them open and twirl into the room. Typically found with glass panels, these are a good option for inviting light into a dark space, while still adding some glamour and elegance.

Dutch door

Dutch doors are usually used for exterior doors, but I love the option of using them inside. They’re perfect for playrooms (to keep kids inside) or for more dangerous spaces like kitchens and laundries (to keep pets and children away from hazards. Dutch doors are split horizontally in the middle, and you can open either side individually of the other.

Folding door

Also known as a bi-fold door, these are another great space saving option. I plan on installing a bi-fold door on my bedroom closet. They use less swing space, which makes them an excellent choice if you have to cover up part of the doorway (like I will be with my vanity system).

Panel door

Panel doors are one of the more simple options. They’re similar to flush doors, only they have a pattern of panels. Personally, I prefer thin portrait panels over landscape ones, but they’re both an elegant and understated option. This is the style I’m choosing for my bedroom door. I plan to paint it in a matte black, and add some crystal style knobs for a bit of sparkle.

Blind door

When I first heard the term ‘blind door’, I had no idea what it meant. It’s actually a term for a hidden door! Whether tucked behind a bookshelf, or concealed against a wall, a blind door is perfect for quick escapes, or hiding places you don’t want nosy guests to peek into – such as a bathroom or closet.


Swapping out your door is a sort of luxury move – it’s not something that you need to do, but will look cool if you do it. If you’re looking for something to make your space feel more unique, it’s an easy and affordable option. Whether you go for a glass-covered bright red flush door, or a rough and rustic barn door, it’s the perfect way to showcase your style before you even enter a room.

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Header image via Doors of Distinction.

PS: If you’re looking for more door information, here’s an article on Houzz that provides everything you need to know!

 

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