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  • Writer's pictureJames Treble

A Look At Darker Doors

Whether you're renovating or building, we can all be guilty of making quick decisions when selecting the finishes for our home, often taking for granted the products or colours we use as our safe 'Go To's' without exploring all of the possibilities. It's important to take the time to push our interiors one step forward, into contemporary mode, and Internal Doors is one of those key interior items where we tend to simply stick to one of two options: a stained timber finish or white paint! Yet, like all other details of Interior Design such as the cornice type, the wall colours and the choice of flooring, your internal doors can also successfully add great character to the interiors of our homes. So I challenge you to think outside the box... Have you considered going dark?

I particularly like choosing darker colours for the internal doors as a way to not only add contrast to the interiors, but also as a clever way to add some interest, adding and interior feature which can add the WOW factor from the first moment we step into a home. The doors' colour of course, must always be in tune with the general scheme of the property, so despite seeming bold, this choice should always consider complementing the flooring, maybe the kitchen cabinetry, or the styling. As it's very important to stay cohesive when designing the interiors of a home, and despite me loving to use contrast to add interest, I pay great attention to balancing this one element of the home for a successful and value-adding result.

Not wishing to push the boundaries too far, as a dark colour is a strong statement on its own, I often balance the colour choice by selecting a plain flush 'profile' for the doors, or a simply textured one often with a subtle line groove detail. For the handles, a stainless steel or chrome finish can suit darker painted doors very well, but if the other finishes of the property allow, black hardware may be the right choice to create a truly edgy and contemporary interior.

So, if you're looking to create a bold yet pleasant statement in your interiors, opting for darker coloured doors is an option I encourage you to explore. And don't think going bold has to mean black, other colours such as soft greys, coffee-browns, dark & muted blues or greens, or maybe a deep charcoal, can all create a stylish addition to your home's interior colour scheme. This clever yet simple way to add the wow factor to your property is not only very effective but also very cost effective, as it allows you to turn up the volume of your interiors' scheme by simply buying an additional tin of paint.

Treble of Tips:

  • choose a colour for the doors that is already present in the interiors' colour scheme.

  • selecting same colour or not for the door-frames will make the doors appear wider or taller.

  • match door handles' colour to bathroom and kitchen tapware to keep your finishes cohesive.

James Treble is an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. James has 3 decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to homes through clever design & styling. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for more free information.


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