Types of internal doors. How to choose the best doors for your new interior?


Interior doors are an important part of your house, completing the overall look. They divide rooms, let in light, and stop noise from travelling around the home. Moreover, they add design detail to the interior of your home. But, there are several factors you should consider when choosing the right door for your house.

How to choose interior door design?

It is important to select the right doors, trim and moulding styles as early as possible when designing an interior. This ensures that the space has a cozy feel. Remember to consider the scale of the room, the colour, the orientation, and the direction of opening the door. Ultimately, a new door is the best way to transform the appearance of a room and improve its functionality. 

Choose reliable interior door installers for your project. The wrong door installation can result in the levers being in the wrong direction or on the wrong side of the door, and it can prevent the door from closing properly. 

What room is the door for?

A different type of door will suit the function of each room. The door will typically swing inside if it is a bedroom or if it is the main space, like a family area and outward if it is a bathroom. Wider door frames are best if you want to make a wide entrance into the living room. You should think about how you would enter that room in the most comfortable way.

What door style to choose?

Next, you should determine the design of your internal door. You can find different styles and materials for your doors. It's all about personal preference. The main rule is that all doors should remain in the same style. You should look for a door style that will add character and function to your space and fit your interior perfectly. In Canada, you can choose from a variety of door styles, here are the most popular ones:

  • A hinged door is one that has 2 or more hinges along the vertical edge.  It can be left- or right-handed. Hinged doors fit to the door frame and can be used to make the door swing inwards or outwards.
  • Frameless doors are the new trend. On a frameless door, there is nothing around the edges, no hinges and no frame. The door looks like a wall continuation. Hinges are installed in a hidden way on a raw wall, after which plastering works are carried out. 
  • Pocket doors slide along a track mounted inside the wall. When the door is opened, it hides in the wall pocket. They are a great way to save space, however, the pocket and guides must be installed during a rough renovation.
  • Double doors or side by sides are doors that are open in pairs. The benefit of this style is that you can make a wider entrance with them. Double doors offer less separation between the rooms.
  • Folding doors refer to doors that slide open. They are made from a series of panels that fold up like a concertina. Bifold doors can easily be installed as a way to divide a large room without wasting space. The bifold doors also come with a traffic door that allows you to easily get in and out of the room on a daily basis.
  • A sliding door can be described as a horizontal door that opens horizontally and slides parallel to a wall. These doors can be used in small spaces where space is limited, or for cabinets and wardrobes.

Choose wisely. While some types of interior doors are a good choice for a contemporary home, they may not fit your traditional house. Once you've decided on the right style, you can then start choosing the material of the door itself. The material of your internal doors can affect not only overall design and style but also its functionality. 

Door materials

door materials

Your door material should match your home's aesthetic, but also reflect your home's functionality. You have the option of solid wood, panel, hollow core or glass doors. Each one has its own pros and cons.

Factors to consider when buying an internal door
Material \ Functionality Solid Wood Hollow Core Glass/French Doors
Durability good; medium;  medium; 
Soundproofing good; medium; bad;
Heat conduction good; medium; bad;
Odors penetration good; good; medium.

Many doors come in different materials. If you plan to install a door in a room, make sure it meets your requirements. A wood door is more expensive and durable. However, if you want the more affordable option, you may choose a panel or hollow core door. 

In addition, a door should be easy to maintain. If you want it to be aesthetically appealing, then you should go for a dark wood door. A glass door would look elegant and tasteful but require more cleaning.

Interior doors hardware types

It is not enough to choose a door, you should also think of which door hardware to use. Choosing door hardware that fits the style of the door and overall design is important to create an attractive and functional space. You will find many different hardware types, but the basic principles remain the same. 

The main details of a functional door are:

  1. Exterior handle;
  2. Door latch;
  3. Door Lock (optional).

Door hardware design ideas

doors hardware design ideas

Choosing door hardware that fits the interior style of your home will make it look more appealing and stylish. Ideally, the door hardware will complement the overall design theme of the room, including kitchen cabinetry and each room assignment.

Сhrome handles, for instance, are the safest option, you will find many models in any store. Brass is an excellent choice for many areas of the home, and the material has an antimicrobial surface. Bronze also matches well with aged wood. For special designs, you can go with porcelain or glass knobs.

Another important consideration in choosing door hardware is handing. When choosing levers and handles, make sure that the direction of the swing matches your hand. 

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