A home will live much better if interior doors are well designed. The width of the doors and their placement in relation to each other will ensure better traffic flow. High-quality materials are important as well. Raised-panel interior doors improve the overall appearance of the house. Details such as moulding around door facings and door hardware influence the design of a room. All interior doors along a hallway or in a given room should match. Measure the space to make sure the doors, when opened, don't touch each other.
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Things you need
- Home design books
- Sketch pad
- Graph paper
- Catalogue of doors/hardware
Select styles of interior doors that might work in a new house. Look through books, magazines and catalogues to determine designs, colours and finishes that are appealing. Consider buying doors that are vinyl laminate over wood with raised panels, for example. Visit new homes under construction to see what's in vogue for your area.
Use a sketch pad to lay out the entire house floor plan. Make sure hallway doors will not strike each other when opened. Design bathroom and bedroom doors to open into the room, so family members won't get surprised by a door opening suddenly into a hallway. Space hallway doors so there is at least 18 inches of blank wall space between the open doors.
Create wall facades in the house by using graph paper. Draw exact measurements, using one square of graph paper for six inches. Align the doors evenly across the top. Don't use doors of different heights, unless there is a special reason -- for example, a taller door for a closet with high shelving. Make sure this taller door is the only door in a given room or hallway, however, or it will look out of place.
Choose door hardware from catalogues. Select all bronze hardware, for example, so that hinges and door handles match. Consider installing locks on closet doors, if those closets are used to store items that need to be kept away from children. Don't install locks on bedroom doors of very small children, however, for safety reasons.
Choose some doors that allow natural light. Choose interior doors with glass on the top half between a garage and kitchen space. Use French doors between a living room and home office. Select a frosted all-glass door between a kitchen and sunroom to provide more light. Use a wall of stationary French door panels to create a solid wall of light between two rooms. Place the doors in framing, but make only one of them operable.
Tips and warnings
- Visit homes with high-quality doors. Measure the door widths, if the width seems generous and appropriate. Narrow interior doors can make a bedroom or bathroom seem smaller once you're inside the room.
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