How to Choose the Perfect Doors For Your Home
As they already provide us with privacy, security and a primary means of entering and exiting a room, we likely don’t need to convince you of any of the practical elements of doors. But when it comes to aesthetics, doors are one of the most important yet overlooked design elements of a home, and choosing the right door can have a great impact on the overall appearance and comfort of your home. If you’re in the market for a new door, you’ve no doubt come across the huge range of size and style options. While the choices may seem endless, there are a few easy tips on how to choose the perfect doors for your home.
The importance of choosing the right door for your home
Why is choosing the right doors throughout your home so important? Well, apart from influencing the manner that you navigate through your home, as well as the first impression that a front or back door may make from the outside, the right door has a big impact on your comfort. Just like windows, doors can provide a home with natural airflow, light, warmth and the right acoustics. Choosing the right front door also dictates your home’s curb appeal, which is especially important if you’re looking at selling, building or renovating, but it’s important that this should gel with the rest of the house’s style.
Tips for choosing the right door
Consider your home’s appearance
If you have a traditional Victorian-style home then it may not suit a modern style door such as a flush door, particularly throughout the house. Alternatively, a modern style home may not suit traditional French-style doors or wood ornate doors. So, one of the most decisive factors when choosing the right set of doors for your home is by assessing the overall style and appearance of your house. It’s generally best to stick with doors that ‘marry well’ with the unique features of your home. While there are many styles of house designs, the most common found in Australia are the following:
Traditional: Distinguished by simple, clean lines and classic design elements such as brick and stone. Queenslanders also feature traditional elements, with timber exteriors, corrugated iron roofs and a large wrap-around verandah.
Contemporary: Modern homes with bold lines and features, geometric shapes, and little to no embellishments or asymmetrical features. Contemporary homes usually feature a lot of glasswork such as floor-to-ceiling glass windows and minimalistic, open-plan style interiors.
Craftsman: Craftsman homes are characterised by the front door style with a panelled wood construction and small windows at the top of the door. This style of architecture can be often found in traditional Bungalow-style homes with a sloping roof and large wide porch/veranda at the front.
Victorian & Edwardian: Often seen in heritage buildings and homes, these houses often feature verandahs with cast iron lace work and picket fences with a small cottage garden at the entrance.
Choosing the style of door
Once you’ve established the style of your existing house or the home you are planning to build, you can then become more selective with door styles. Another thing to factor in is whether you’re needing an interior or exterior door. Generally, you can use any type of door whether it’s for the interior or exterior, but knowing where your door is going makes it easier to decide the exact style to suit. There is an abundance of roof designs and styles with different materials, finishes and colours. However, these are the most common doors used for housing:Flush doors: A flush style door is a minimalistic design that has a flat surface on either side. They’re often used throughout the home, and their simple design helps them fit with any room of the house. This type of door is best suited to modern homes, as it provides a sleek and clean look which can be manipulated for use in both outdoors and indoors. Because of their density, flush style doors also provide an extra barrier against noise, leading to better acoustics indoors.
Panel doors: A panelled door is classically traditional in appearance, with raised panels or mouldings and available in a variety of materials but most commonly seen in natural wood. As such, these doors would fit well into a traditional style of house.
French doors: French doors are most commonly associated with craftsman houses or houses with large verandahs and patios, such as a Queenslander. They can also look great as an exterior door of a Victorian house. French doors are a perfect option as an entry/exit to an outdoor patio, as they allow for cooling breezes and ventilation while letting in a lot of natural light.
Security doors: While they may seem the most unattractive choice of the lot, security doors can still enhance the appearance of your home while providing an extra level of security and privacy. Nowadays, security doors come in a range of styles and colours, and can even be custom made to suit your needs. Security doors are a good option to provide safety while also allowing for light and airflow into your home without having to let the outside elements in.
Bifold doors: Bifold doors are particularly great for modern homes since they provide security or privacy and can be used as a clever way to partition off spaces where there may not be an interior wall, for e.g. open-plan living spaces. There are bifold doors for both the interior and exterior, with different materials available including glass and solid timber.
Sliding doors: Sliding doors can be used for both the exterior and interior of a home and provide another good alternative to bifold doors as a way to section off rooms. What’s more, is that new hardware allows you to make sliding doors that meet at a 90-degree angle.
Visit a showroom
One of the best ways to choose the right door is by physically viewing a range of doors at a showroom. Visiting a door showroom will allow you to get a far better idea of the look and feel of the door, and a better overall picture of how it will look in your existing house. You can talk to a professional while you’re there, provide them with details of what you’re after and they can point you in the right direction.
Ensure your door is safety compliant
It’s important to make sure that the doors you choose comply with Australian standards. There are height, width and thickness regulations when it comes to doors, so it’s important to choose a door or supplier that are safety compliant to ensure the safety of yourself and family as well as the longevity of your door.Choosing the perfect doors for your home depends on a number of factors including the style of your home, design or aesthetic preference, function, materials, colours and security. With so many design options out there it’s always best to visit a showroom so you can view the doors in person. Once you have chosen the type of door, generally you will then have the added option of choosing the colour, material and density along with handles and hardware. Doors can be updated to include enhanced sound control, as well as include fly screening to further enhance the comfort of your indoor-outdoor living. Remember to always choose a compliant manufacturer and supplier to ensure your doors fit safety recommendations.