10 Different Ideas for Internal Doors
The doors in our homes don’t have to be all function and no style. Here are some ideas that will really make an entrance
If you want the option of opening up a space or dividing it into two separate rooms, double doors that slide into pockets in the wall are particularly effective. This smart pair of sliding doors can be pulled together to create a more intimate living space and then opened out when you’re entertaining a crowd.
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Secret bookcase doors have a magical air about them, and can be extremely practical, too. Here, the rows of shelves running up the door add more storage room to the library.
Such doors have to be cleverly designed, however, to hold the weight of the books securely and still be relatively light to open and close. Enlist a professional to help you get the balance right.
For an Alice in Wonderland-style entrance, opt for a mirrored door. Not only will it add a glamorous Art Deco feel to your room, it will also help to bounce the light around and make the space feel larger. This door is part of a mirrored feature wall for extra drama.
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You can throw them open to announce your presence, then let them swing back dramatically, so there’s something deliciously decadent about double internal doors. They do require a slightly larger opening than standard designs, but are well worth the sacrificing. This pair has been given added oomph with striking geometric glazed panelling.
Internal doorways don’t have to be solid. A floor-skimming curtain sweeping across a doorway gives an instantly romantic and historic feel to a room. In this Scottish bolthole, rich teal curtains are tied back to give a glimpse into the room beyond. When drawn, the bedroom will really feel cut off from the rest of the world.
Inject some southern Mediterranean style into your home with wooden shutters as doors, used singularly or as a pair. The vintage-style doors shown here complement the low-level Moroccan-style seating and provide a lovely contrast to the modern architecture of the building.
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In a small, open-plan room, bifolding doors may be a more practical option than pocket sliding ones, which can take up quite a bit of internal wall space. Here, this divider concertinas out to create an instant wall for a private living space, and can be folded back when the guests outnumber the sofa seating.
If you live in a period property, a door that’s in keeping with the time of its build will feel naturally at home. Historically, before burglar alarms and central heating were invented, more thought was put into the design of internal doors to ensure they’d secure the home and keep out draughts.
Dig up a chunky original at your local architectural salvage yard. A sturdy barn door finishes off this loft room perfectly.
Why waste the space above a standard door? Take it from floor to ceiling to create a much more dramatic entranceway. It lends a very modern, pared-back solution to a room, while also being a handy option if you want the door to blend in with tall, built-in wardrobes or kitchen units.
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