Beach side Home RennovationCoastal Living Room, Devon
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Alternatively, try replacing some of your solid doors with glazed versions, Denise suggests. “This works well if you have doors opening up between rooms,” she says.
Combine with doorsThe radical transformation of this beachside Devon house involved adding glass at every opportunity to make the most of the wonderful light and views around it. The result of this approach (as you can see in the rest of the project photos) is a very contemporary-looking home, often the case where lots and lots of glass is part of the architecture. But in this area of the house the designer has opted for a nod to classic coastal styling by adding half-glazed, tongue-and-groove-look doors (it doesn’t get more ‘seaside’ than wood panelling). The result? The view of the sitting room from the hall looks instantly characterful, but also wonderfully light and bright. Half-glazed doors come in all sorts of styles and, with roots in the Victorian era, they’re often a good shortcut to adding some period style.
Clear on topWhen shut, the tongue-and-groove panelling at the bottom of these doors between the hall and living room screens off the lower-half view, making them appear more like windows. Something similar to this would be ideal if you have young children and the idea of having to constantly clean sticky fingerprints off full-length-glass doors doesn’t appeal!Don’t fancy glass doors? Have a look at these other suggestions for internal doors
Coastal gets our voteThis simple, laid-back home reflects its beachside location, with easy-to-sweep wooden flooring and unfussy furnishings. Double doors create an airy, open space, while crisp white woodwork and striped fabrics add to the coastal mood.Browse 10 different ideas for interior doors
Go for glass panellingAll too often, hallways and corridors are a little on the dark side, and rarely have access to much natural light. Add in some solid doors between the hall and the rooms that do have light, and you’ve got yourself a fairly unwelcoming space. A great way to resolve this is to swap your existing doors with some glass-panelled ones that will pull light into the darker areas, and help create a feeling of space. Just be careful to check – and double-check – the dimensions of your new doors so they match the existing frames.