7 Interior Door Types To Consider Bringing Into Your Home

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By Contractors.com Team July 16, 2021

Interior doors are a key component for any room and can help tie the aesthetic of a space together. It’s important therefore to spend some time considering which interior doors fit the various spaces in your home. As you go through your indoor door selection process, it’s important to keep in mind that a door type that fits one room in your house may not fit another. Your bedroom doors will likely be different from your bathroom doors, or even from the door that separates your dining room from your living room. 

And while it is an important detail, aesthetics alone should not be the yardstick by which you decide which door type is best for you. Functionality should also play an important part in this decision, and it is best to choose a door that can balance both of these aspects. An interior door that looks good while also being practical will give you the best of both worlds. There are a number of interior door types that have some compelling qualities from both ends of the scale that make them attractive for various applications.      

Panel Doors

You can’t go wrong with a classic choice, and that’s exactly what panel doors are. This door type can be found in almost every home and with good reason. The design is simple yet attractive, making these popular both as interior and exterior home doors. Panel doors come in many colors, shapes, and sizes so there’s no shortage of choice. Typically these doors are made with a wooden frame, but the panels themselves don’t have to be wood. 

Instead, you could design the interior doors to have glass panels that let in some sunlight and open up the room even when the door is closed. Consider stained glass for less traditional and more eclectic retro. Because this door type has a simple no-frills design, it’s quite durable and simple to maintain. So if you’re just looking for a door that is just designed to work well for its intended purpose, you can’t go wrong with this one.  

Interior Doors That Achieve a Contemporary and Sleek Interior

Interior Doors That Achieve a Contemporary and Sleek Interior

Accordion Doors

Accordion doors maximize space-saving while still giving you an interesting-looking door. This makes them a good choice for anyone who needs a closet or entryway door but doesn’t have much room to work with. However, accordion doors aren’t just limited to closets. Because they come in many different forms and styles, accordion doors can also be used as a practical way to put in a removable divider between rooms. 

If you want a nice cozy breakfast nook that can be closed off from your dining room and opened up when you need more space, accordion doors are a neat way of doing this. Accordion doors can therefore be both stylish and practical interior doors for your home. It also doesn’t hurt that they give your home a very contemporary feel, which is great if you want to have some sleek modernist aesthetic in your home without losing.   

Door Types That Conserve Floorspace

Door Types That Conserve Floorspace

French Doors 

Few door options are as classy as this one. Interior French doors are easily distinguishable from other door types thanks to their elegant and distinctive design. Their upscale design is more than just for making a fancy statement though because French doors used for interiors are excellent for letting natural light flow throughout a space. You can even get your french doors custom-made with the color and wood of your choice so that they fit right in with the rest of your home’s aesthetic. 

Of course, french doors will be most at home if you have a traditional interior design, though they can make a spicy addition to a bohemian setup as well. Because they tend to have big, heavy panes of glass you might want to avoid using interior French doors if you have small children, though you can always keep them propped open for extra safety.  

Classic Interior Doors You for a Warmer Atmosphere

Classic Interior Doors You for a Warmer Atmosphere

Sliding Doors 

If you want a simple minimalist interior door design that looks sleek while saving space, this is the door type to go for. The reason that sliding doors are so good for a minimalist interior is that they do not disrupt the space of interior rooms by swinging into them. Because it slides, this interior door type can be seamlessly installed and used in any space without interrupting the continuity of the interior design style. In other words, this door type won’t get in the way, and it won’t cause your interior space to feel cramped. Sliding doors are also great if you have an open floor layout but want to convert the openness with some privacy from time to time.

Sliding doors can be made with glass panels that allow natural light to flow freely. However, you can also go a different route and make these glass panels mirrored which makes it look like your room stretches on forever.  

How to Take Your Room Transitions to the Next Level

How to Take Your Room Transitions to the Next Level

Saloon Doors

There’s something quite charming about saloon-style doors. Maybe it’s the “Wild West” vibe they give off, or maybe it’s just the easy flow practicality that comes with having swinging hinged doors. Either way, saloon doors are a cool choice for anyone who wants something to separate two rooms but doesn’t want a fully-fledged door that completely closes off a room. Regular doors must be opened and closed manually with a latch, but saloon doors can be pushed open and swing right back into place without any latch, perfect for pushing through while carrying charcuterie boards in both hands. 

If you’re in the midst of a kitchen remodel, these doors are an excellent choice for the doorway to your dining room. They’ll add some country charm to any dinner party, and make every meal feel more special.    

Old-School Interior Elements That Work In Modern Homes

Old-School Interior Elements That Work In Modern Homes

Concealed Doors 

Add a dash of whimsy and mystery to your home’s interior with a hidden door (or two). This is the perfect way to spice up the entryway to a special part of the house, such as a man cave or a game room. Installing a hidden entryway to a fun part of the house is a great way to get the good times going as soon as you pass the threshold into your haven of relaxation. It’s also a neat trick to show off to guests, which is always a plus when you’re entertaining. After all, everyone loves seeing an unassuming bookcase recede into the wall to reveal a fully equipped rumpus room. Of course, a concealed door is also up for more mundane but no less important tasks such as concealing valuables or even just a coat rack. Hidden doors certainly aren’t the most practical things because they can take time to open and close, so they should be reserved for specific applications. 

Nifty Interior Installations to Impress Your Guests

Nifty Interior Installations to Impress Your Guests

Barn Doors 

If you pine for the wide-open fields of the countryside but live in the valleys of suburbia you’ll be happy to know that there are still plenty of ways to bring the rustic beauty of the country into your home. One way to inject just a hint of country life into your suburban home is to put in some barn doors. These are wooden doors that are fashioned to be like the wooden X-frame doors that you see on barns and can come as sliding doors or as regular hinged doors. These doors have a nice aesthetic quality to them thanks to their big and solid wooden look. Barn doors tend to feel sturdy and heavy as well and can impart a cozy rural aura to any space. 

Sliding barn doors are ideal as a stylish entryway to a chic water closet, or a neat opening for a walk-in closet. They are also great room dividers. These door types tend to be a bit more maintenance intensive - especially if you get the sliding door version - but the investment in time and money pays off in functionality and beauty. 

Unique Interior Doors You Can Install Yourself

Unique Interior Doors You Can Install Yourself

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Contractors.com Team

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