Says Charl: “Interior doors no longer have to be merely functional and boring – in fact today, consumers are looking for doors that stand out from the rest as a feature in their own right.” He provides the following top trends in interior doors today:
Going organic: The influence of nature in design and architecture has never been stronger – a trend that is clearly reflected in the choice of natural looking finishes being used in abundance throughout homes today. Solid timber finishes are at an all-time high due to the organically inspired aesthetic they imbue, and solid wood doors are no exception. The natural knots and grain of a wood finish can add great character and life to wooden doors – a character that certainly has mass appeal.
The use of glass: Modern doors seem to include increasingly more glass in their designs – from clear glass, to opaque glass and even decorative coloured glass or stained glass inserts or panels for a more traditional look. Doors with oversized glass inserts have never been more popular for their classic styling and the extra light they transmit. Part of the popularity of glass in doors is due to the improved insulation qualities of the glass being used.
Doors with glass often used to mean problematic leaks and drafts; however, this has all changed now – today’s doors boast double-glazed insulation and glass excellent insulation qualities. For spaces where privacy is an issue, obscured glass can be used so light can still come through.
Oversized doors: Volume is another key trend in today’s doors – architects and builders seem to be expanding the height and width of doorways to create a more dramatic effect. No longer simply a door – a door system in the living area for example, might include a single door or pair of doors, sidelights and transom to create an impressive focal point. Oversized doors are also bang on trend – Swartland for example offers a range of oversized doors that can be bought off-shelf, or they can custom-make doors to suit your individual preferences and specifications for a signature look that reflects its own unique character.
Environmentally friendly doors: There has been a huge surge in consumer demand for green building products – a trend that Swartland takes very seriously. For example, Swartland uses a process of cold glue pressing when manufacturing plain hollow core doors, as opposed to a process of heat fusion, as well as using timber from renewable sources. They also kiln-dry their timber so that it has an 8 percent moisture content – this ensures that the wood is in perfect balance with local atmospheric conditions, thereby stabilising the timber and minimising movement or warping to ensure maximum durability and longevity.
Door framing: Says Charl: “Framing a door incorrectly can quickly detract from its value and beauty – even when it comes to the most expensive door. Using cheap framing materials or construction shortcuts can often lead to damaging the door, and the cost of fixing this, will usually end up being more than just investing in a good quality door frame in the first place. As such, it is highly advisable to consider purchasing pre-hung doors, or doorframes that have been purpose-built for your particular choice of door.
Solid wood versus MDF (medium density fibreboard): Solid wood costs more, but looks great. However, Charl says that if you are intending to paint your interior doors, then MDF is a better and more affordable option – it is an engineered product, so it’s very stable. It also doesn’t have any grain, so it is entirely smooth and very easy to paint.
Door hardware: Choosing mismatched door hardware can really ruin the overall aesthetic of any door. Charl suggests that you choose door hardware that suits the style of the door in question – for example, sleek stainless steel handles or knobs would suit contemporary doors, while crystal or brass knobs look better on the more traditional and elaborately styled doors. Also, if your choice of door is pre-hung, then carefully consider the quality of the door hardware included, such as the hinges and locks for example.
“Your internal doors are the very first point of contact on entering a room – you see them close up, you touch them, plus they form the background of any interior scheme, and as such, their importance should never be overlooked,” concludes Charl.