Don’t overlook doors as decor

  • By Lori Johnston The Atlanta Journal- Constitution
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2012 5:10pm
  • Life

Homeowners shouldn’t be closed-minded when it comes to interior doors. Doors are vital parts of homes under construction or undergoing makeovers, thanks to builders and interior designers, who are paying close attention to how doors separate spaces and add architectural appeal.

Door heights are expanding, and the use of 8-foot doors in single-family homes and condos can add to the grandeur of residences.

Traditionally, homes and condos use doors that extend 6 feet, 8 inches, but taller doors dramatically improve the look of the space, builders and designers say. People notice the difference.

Designers say three-panel doors are in demand and fit the transitional style of homes. Door manufacturers are coming out with these options, which create cleaner lines, instead of the traditional six-panel door.

Some door decisions are focused on open space and creating a flow for entertaining and everyday living, causing people to consider pocket doors.They can separate public and private areas in a home.

People frustrated with pocket doors that went off their tracks may find that today’s pocket doors are sturdier and less likely to malfunction.

For patio doors, homeowners can replace a double set of French doors to the outside with stackable, or folding doors.

Some manufacturers offer patio doors that retract or fold up, opening up interior rooms such as the family room, breakfast room or keeping room to the back yard.

Manufacturer Andersen’s outswing folding patio doors come in 21 colors and seven types of wood, can be customized up to 48 feet, and open from the right, left or center.

Retractable screen door makers include the Clear View Systems, which work vertically or horizontally and differ from traditional doors that swing out and can hit furniture and people.

A barn door can add an unusual touch, especially in a media room or office. Another idea is to use reclaimed wood for doors; manufacturer JELD-WEN offers custom doors made from Douglas fir that originally was used for barns, fencing, factories and houses.

Door colors can be subtle, matching the baseboard or crown molding, or can add a pop of color. If you have a cream color in the home, Donna Mathis, owner DMD Studios in Georgia, suggests making the doors stand out with black or a charcoal hue.

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