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Door Styles and Sidelite Ideas
Sometimes, we take doors for granted. They protect us from the elements, provide privacy, and hide our clutter. But they can also add beauty and style.
Whether you're building a new home, remodeling, adding on, or simply want to add some style to your existing home, the examples of front doors below will spark some ideas.
Front Door Options
Many of us may enter our house through the garage, side, or back door, but our front door is still the greeting for visitors to our home. We want it to be welcoming, stand out, and have personality.
- Refurbished Old Doors: Consider searching for an old door that can be refurbished to give your home a grand entrance.
- Eye-Catching Paint Colors: If replacing the door isn't in the cards, a fresh coat of paint in a distinguished color can really draw the eye to the front entry. Reds work great with white, grays, or blues. Choose black for a more formal look and tie it in with the shutters, lights, and gutters. Or consider a less common color—olive green, burnt orange, or sable brown—to add even more interest.
- Stained Wood: Stained doors add a sense of warmth to the home and can match other wood tones on the exterior or act as a complementary color that stands out.
For security and weather protection, the front door should ideally be solid—either wood or metal—but there are many options that allow for consideration of privacy and light preferences.
Sidelites (or Side Lights)
A solid front door might be flanked by clear glass sidelights. They can be left unadorned for unobstructed views and light, covered with sheer fabric to impede the view and still allow light to filter in, or fully covered to block all views and light.
The design of the glass provides some level of privacy while allowing all of the light in. There are many types of glass to choose from that add style and also create interesting light patterns inside when the sun shines through.
Other Exterior Door Options
While front doors get a lot of attention, they are not the only exterior doors in a home. Oftentimes, homeowners don't realize that it can be relatively simple to add a new exterior door.
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Each of the examples pictured in the gallery below had a need to access an exterior space that wasn't met with its current layout. Try to facilitate entry to courtyards, gardens, patios, and other elements that may have limited access. Sometimes there is a window where the door should be, which makes installation even easier.
When you add a door, you can also add a screened-in porch or a covered entryway to ease the transition from outside in.
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Interior Door Options
Have you ever thought about the square footage you give up in your house to allow for opening and closing of doors? Or the multitude of doors in places like bathrooms and closets, where one can't be opened until the other is closed?
Pocket doors are a great solution to regain much-needed square footage and allow the doors to be hidden from view when not in use. In case you're not familiar with the term, a pocket door slides into the wall between the studs. It is pulled out of the wall when needed and can be locked if necessary. Since there is no need to allow for the door to swing open, floor space can be gained, and they prevent the issue of several doors conflicting with each other.
Interior Door Styles
There are many different options for pre-made doors on the market today. When choosing one, consider the style of your home so that everything works well together. While the exterior doors don't have to match each other or the interior ones, you will want all of the interior doors to be of the same style if possible. This includes closet doors. A uniform look allows the doors to complement the style, not compete with it.
Interior Door Colors
The majority of interior doors are most commonly painted white (or the color of the trim), which is a neat, clean look. But you might also consider painting your doors black for a crisp look that stands out or even the color of the walls to allow them to blend in.
When separating rooms for sound privacy rather than visual privacy, french doors are a great option to close off a room as needed, while still allowing for an open feeling throughout the main rooms.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Zee147 on July 03, 2019:
I am looking for a double hung French 3/4 glass and 1/4 wood entry door 48" wide x 80" height.