Choose your design

But internal doors can actually say quite a lot about your design skills.  They offer a division between rooms, can be treated as an additional design feature and of course keep you warm.  So any old door just won’t do!

Think of its purpose

Considerations include whether the door needs to be fireproof, soundproof, or one that gives you some privacy, for example on a bathroom or bedroom.  These don’t automatically have to be solid doors, translucent glass can give a light airy feel.

The style of door can be a consideration too.  Look at the wall and floor space available.  Maybe a sliding or folding door rather than just a standard hinged door would make better use of the space?  If you are looking at a sliding door, look at which way it will slide – and think about where you’ll put the light switch as these tend to be placed next to door frames.  If you are going for a standard hinged door, take a note of which way it will open – you don’t want doors to open into corridors and block them. 

Once you’ve chosen your door, look at the hardware – handles, back plates, and maybe glass inserts.

Matching, complimenting or contrasting

There is nothing to say that all the doors within your house have to be the same.  Think of the cottages and farmhouses that have evolved over the years.  They can have doors from several centuries and it gives an authentic rustic feel to the property.

Consider bright, bold colours for children’s bedrooms and perhaps elegant wood for studies and dining rooms.  If money is a consideration, use grander solid wood doors for downstairs where more people will see them and simple modern designed doors for bedrooms to save cost.

What does your door say about you?

Whilst you don’t have to match all your interior doors, it is a good idea make sure they follow the décor of the room.  Natural wood doors can lend a feeling of warmth, rustic comfort or sophistication depending on their design.  Glass doors can make rooms feel bigger and brighter.  Don’t let your doors overpower the rest of the décor – making them the focal point of a room can make it seem much smaller. 

If you are refurbishing a house and considering changing the doors into a room, consider the size of the furniture that needs to come in?  Wider doors will allow for easier access.  Also consider current regulations regarding doors.  In some areas, it is a requirement for them to be wide enough for disabled access.

Consider what maintenance will be required

Glass doors look fantastic and can bring a lot of light into a room – but consider if you have children or dogs that might be unsafe around them.  Also finger prints can be a nightmare to keep clear if it is a high traffic door.

Wooden doors do tend to be harder wearing and can withstand more bangs and knocks.  For natural coloured doors, a clear oil or varnish will enhance the grain of the timber and is easy to refurbish.  If doors are painted, chipped or damaged wood can be repainted and freshened up.


Whilst it might seem like an easy job to put six screws into hinges and hang a door, those who have tried will definitely tell you that isn’t the case!  Very few doors fit to the framing and architrave even if they are the same size and there is nothing more annoying than a door that continually either drags on the floor or sticks.