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Interior Design: How to Use Interior Doors to Enhance Your Design

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Interior design by Karen Mills

How often do we think of interior doors as design elements?  Probably not much but they can have a big impact on your interior design like the glass french doors in this photo of an Overland Park  home that frames the desk and art beyond.    The glass allows light and a view into the office, while the panes add interest to the interior design.

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Photo courtesy of Haute Living

Or if you’re looking for a more contemporary interior door option, why not consider sliding panel doors that can allow light to penetrate further into your home like this photo above.  The repetition of the horizontal slats create an interesting pattern in this simple clean design.

To learn more about designing with interior doors, click below to read my recent article Beyond Open and Shut:  7 Ways to Use Interior Doors as Decor.  

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/82255678/list/beyond-open-and-shut-7-ways-to-use-interior-doors-as-decor

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Interior Design: 3 Ways to Create Drama with Doors

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Photo courtesy of Coastal Shower Doors

The architecture or bones of the house are the most important elements when building or remodeling because they set the backdrop for any interior design you’re about to create and determine the style of your space.  That’s why not only the walls and ceilings are so important but also the doors and windows.

Here are 3 ways you can use doors to create drama in your space.

  1. Make your door the focal point like the shower door pictured above.  In this room the grid design of the door draws attention to itself along with the dark dramatic color, making it the star of the room.

Once you’ve selected your shower door, then you can repeat the color or pattern on the               door to unify your space.

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Photo courtesy of Haute Living

2. Introduce doors that are wider or taller than the average door to draw attention to it like       sliding doors pictured above.  In this photo, these doors have a beautiful ethereal feel to              them that makes the room feel like its floating while allowing light to filter into adjacent                rooms.

As an interior designer, I recently completed a project where I recommended a row of            taller doors/windows installed for a room addition at the back of the house and now when          you enter the front door the first thing you see are the wall of grand doors/windows and the      incredible view beyond.

3. Use doors to visually divide space without closing off the rooms in an open floor plan.  Often      we use wall screens or room dividers to accomplish this, but these doors pictured below add      a sophistication and one of a kind feel to the the rooms that nothing else can.

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Photo courtesy of Haute Living

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