Ideas for Painting Interior Doors

Updated November 21, 2016

You spent a considerable deal of money decorating your room, from selecting paints and fabrics to organising knick-knacks and pictures. Now you find yourself facing plain, uninspiring interior doors, the one spot in the room you may not be completely sure how to handle. All you need now are a few ideas for painting interior doors to complete your design, taking the room from mediocre to remarkable.

Colours Schemes

Paint your interior doors with colours taken from your existing decor You may choose a paint colour that complements your existing colour palette to help expand the look of the room by removing the visually blocking image of an unfinished door, or you may want to infuse a room with a bright, attention-grabbing contrasting colour. This design works well for eclectic styles and modern designs. Balance the new colour of the door by placing similarly coloured items throughout the room to keep the eye moving. The easiest way to select colours is to look at a colour wheel to help you decide which colours work alongside your colour scheme and which colours work opposite your existing design.

Creating Patterns and Interest

Use paints to add interest with creative patterns. Teenagers may like animal prints or an assortment of shapes, patterns and textures. Geometric shapes work well in contemporary and modern designs. Colour combinations work better for these types of painting ideas. Paint the door a base coat of one colour, and use another to accent door panels. If your room is theme specific, you may want to paint favourite sayings or passages across the door. Another paint idea is to paint medallions, like a mariner's compass for a nautical themed room or a fleur de lis common in European design. Use paint to accent structural elements of the door or use painted wood appliqu├ęs to provide the interest and notice necessary to transform the interior door from bland to impressive.

Faux Paint Ideas

In some designs, a faux design works better than a solid burst of colour. If your design theme is traditional or colonial, and all you have are unadorned plain white doors, add breathtaking elegance by painting the door to resemble the classic look of natural hardwood. Faux paint techniques resemble so many materials that your design ideas are limitless. Copper and iron doors are common in many rustic or medieval designs. In addition to faux materials, add age and antiquity with a faux paint technique. For example, country cottage designs usually feature white or pastel painted doors with stressed or hammered edges and detail. Designs like these are comforting, reflecting years of use and warmth.


Particular favourites in nurseries and children's rooms, mural-painted doors provide a stunning visionary escape for rooms that lack that special design element. Homeowners without a decent outdoor view may paint the interior doors to look like a welcoming garden or an exotic vacation retreat. Rustic themes may feature a mural that includes a stunning view of mountains, deep forests or a trailing path through a flowering meadow. The door to a little girl's room could include a gate that leads to a gorgeous palace or a boy's favourite dinosaur or wild animal.

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