Here at Cosy Home, we like to wax lyrical about individual rooms. We’re continuously in search of that elusive (and possibly mythical beast) The Perfect Kitchen, for example. Sometimes, we tend to overlook that the method of communication between rooms can be just as important, and prove a vital ingredient of the overall look.
That’s right, we’re talking about internal doors – those unsung heroes of the hallway.
Having the right doors in your home can completely change the atmosphere, lifting a dull interior and brightening a dark one. If your doors are due an update, here’s what to look for.
Reclamation yards and online auction sites are great sources of period doors, which are an easy way to add character to a modern building. Be very careful when taking measurements, though, as vintage doors may not fit modern doorways and your DIY skills may be called into play! You may also have to move the placement of hinges. If you’re buying old doors that are painted and you intend to have them stripped, be aware that the old paint may be covering a multitude of sins.
When you strip the door, it may turn out to largely composed of filler and you may end up repainting it! Old doors are worth the effort, though, as they’re more solid and attractive than modern equivalents.
If you’re lacking in light, you could consider replacing one or more internal doors with glass-panelled alternatives. If you choose a door that has glass panelling all the way down it will let in the maximum light, but if you have children or pets you will spend a large portion of your life cleaning the glass. Doors with glass only at the top are more practical but not as effective.
Trompe l’oeil doors
When is a door not a door? When it’s a seascape, a desert, a library….Modern printing techniques mean you can now cover your doors in high quality printed stick-on murals, either as a stand-alone feature or to hide them. If you have a panelled door, though, you’ll need to cover it in hardboard first to provide a flat sticking surface. This is a relatively cheap and quick way to update a room, and is easy to change when you tire of it.
Chipped paint and ragged edges on a door can really detract from the finished appearance of a room. To give your doors a proper makeover, you’ll really have to take them off the hinges and take them outside for preparation.
Remove all the old door furniture such as handles and finger plates. If you’re keeping it, that will need cleaning too. Then, give the surface a light rub down with sandpaper to ‘key’ it before you reapply new paint. Bright white paint always looks good but will need regular wiping down to maintain its pristine appearance. A light grey is more forgiving and works well with most decors.
Adding new door furniture can really be the finishing touch and transform a tired door completely.
These colourful ceramic hand painted door knobs will brighten up doors, chest of drawers and anything with a handle! £10.50 for two, available from Finch and Crane.
Handmade in Jaipur, India, this hand painted wooden door knob has been lovingly made using traditional and artisan techniques. £3.99, available from Ian Snow.
This doorknob is the epitome of modern and simple design and takes the current trend of mixing natural materials with vibrant and playful accents. £2.99, available from Ian Snow as before.
If you’re fed up with old, dark or damaged doors and just don’t have the current budget to transform them or buy new ones, then you could also consider removing the doors completely.
This can help create a more open-plan feel in your home, especially with regards to doors connecting the hall with a living area, reception room, dining room or kitchen. If your hall is narrow, then taking interior doors away can also help to create more of a sense of space.
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