Interior Doors

Doors for rooms, cabinets, closets and more

It may seem as though selecting your interior door is not as important as choosing an exterior door, but that is entirely untrue. While your front door is the first thing visitors see, you will have to face your interior doors every day, and their abundance in your home makes them especially important.

It is crucial that most of your interior doors match. If they are all different, your house will feel like a mad house at a circus. A consistent style and color will make everything cohesive. This is not to say you can't have a little variety, but the same types of rooms on the same floor – such as each bedroom – should have matching doors.

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The same goes for all of your door hardware. If you have similar doors in one area, keep the consistency going and choose the same hardware for all of them, too. You may not have the exact same pieces on every door (for example, your bedroom doors might not have locks, but your bathroom should), but as long as you keep the styles, colors and finishes the same (or very similar), you'll achieve a cohesive look.

If you're looking for something fancy, try French doors. They are double doors that open in opposite directions, leaving a wide opening, so they make for a dramatic entrance. These doors are especially convenient because they are versatile - you can have one French door open and the other closed, both open or both closed, depending on your needs. French doors are great for dining rooms, living rooms and studies with large entranceways.

Pocket doors are another up-and-coming style. These doors slide on a track like a sliding door, but fit into a hole in the wall so that they are out of site when the doors are open. Pocket door coverings can be made of anything from a thin paper-like material to glass or frosted plastic. Pocket doors are ideal for dividing large living spaces.

Keep in mind that interior doors often take as much or more wear and tear than exterior doors. Teenagers will slam them, children will color on them and many people attach hooks and knobs to the back for extra storage. If any of these are possibilities in your house, opt for doors that can be replaced cheaply and easily.

Cabinet doors: Selecting kitchen cabinet doors can be more daunting than selecting doors for any other part of your house. The kitchen is a common room where people gather to eat and spend time together, so you want it to look great. You should match your kitchen cabinet door style to your countertops, appliances, furniture and flooring. It is also important to properly finish your cabinet doors. An unfinished kitchen cabinet door can get damaged easily in a productive kitchen!

This is true in the bathroom, as well. Bathroom cabinet doors are bound to get steamed up and have water splashed on them. The same goes for your bathroom vanity cabinet door, which is why mirrored fronts are so popular – you can wipe them down easily.

You can get fancier with TV cabinet doors and storage cabinet doors in rooms outside of the kitchen and bathroom because they are less likely to be in the line of fire (or water!).

Closet doors: Closet doors keep everything in our closets private. They come in many sizes and styles, including sliding doors, swing doors or bifold doors. Which you chose will depend on the size of the closet and the space it is in. Long closets with multiple sliding doors may have panels that overlap one another and slide along a track the length of the room, so different parts of the closet may be open or closed at different times. These are great for toy rooms or offices. Swinging doors provide the perfect entrance to walk-in closets, and bifold doors are great for hall closets and standard bedroom closets.

Most closet doors do not lock. Many flat-paneled closet doors now have mirrors on them for use in the bedroom or bathroom.

Fireplace doors: If you have a wood burning fireplace in your home, it is important to keep the ash in and your children and pets out. Fireplace doors offer the opportunity to do so in a convenient, stylish way. These small doors are often fitted to cover the opening of a fireplace and then fold off to the side when you want to have a fire. . You may also purchase a fireplace glass door so that you can see into the fireplace at all times, but small hands (or paws) can't reach in.

Because of their location and purpose in the home, fireplace doors can get dirty quite quickly, so it is important to choose doors that are made from materials you can clean easily.

You could also try a fireplace screen. Unlike doors, fireplace screens are not actually attached to the fireplace, but rather sit in front of the opening. Iron fireplace screens are probably the most common because they are sturdy and fireproof. However, if an iron fireplace screen doesn't fit with your décor, you can find a decorative fireplace screen for when the fireplace is not in use (though iron is still recommended for when it is). Glass fireplace screens are also available. Like a glass fireplace door, a glass fireplace screen would allow you to see into the fireplace at all times, so if part of the attraction of your fireplace is watching the fire, this might be the best option for you.