When refurbishing your home don’t overlook your internal doors! While choosing paint schemes, wallpapers and soft furnishings is very exciting, choosing a beautifully crafted wood door can transform your rooms and add that finishing touch.
Internal wood doors might be a necessity but they can be statement pieces in their own right, and depending on the design you choose can allow natural light to flood into your home, making it seem much bigger and brighter.
Which type of wood door to choose?
Wood doors are practical as well as being stylish, so it’s important to take time to consider which would look best. There are four main types of internal wood doors to choose from:
Hardwood doors – A stylish door that’s built to last. High quality, they ‘clunk’ when you close them, rather than ‘click’. They can make your home seem more inviting and luxurious. Available in solid hardwood, walnut or oak, in a range of natural finishes. Doors that have been primed for painting are also available. Hardwood doors can be solid wood (see below) or engineered – with a solid core made from different layers of wood and a final surface layer in your hardwood of choice.
These doors also come in a range of styles including panel design, raised and fielded design or raised mouldings. Glazed, double doors and fire doors are available in hardwood and you can expect to pay in the region of £100-£600. The difference they can make to your home can be worth every penny.
Solid wood panel – Often traditional in style, they come in a range of woods either to be painted or as a feature wood door. Primed solid wood doors are typically made out of pine, a soft wood, but are also available in hardwoods such as oak and walnut. If buying several doors for the same room you may find more colour variations between the same wood doors than you would with the hardwood doors described above. Panel doors come in a variety of styles, to fit a period property or a more contemporary design.
Flush doors – For those people on a budget who want a stylish option, flush doors are worth looking at. These doors are made by sandwiching a honeycomb layer of card or chipboard inside sheets of plywood. They’re lightweight but might suit your home if you’ve gone for a modern, contemporary look as they have a minimal finish.
Moulded doors – These are cheap and not so durable, because of their hollow core, but are often the door of choice by property developers because of their low cost. They are basic and we wouldn’t recommend you go down the moulded door route. However, if you are on a limited budget you’ll be pleased to know that they come in a range of different colours.
Whichever door type you opt for, you may choose to have glazed sections to bring light into your rooms, with frosted glass an option for doors in bathroom and bedrooms.
Which wood would be best?
Hardwood is a term used to describe doors made from deciduous trees. If you opt for hardwood, your doors will be of an engineered construction which means that colour matching within each door is much easier than with solid timber doors and it is kinder on the environment too. Sometimes hardwood doors are made from several different hardwoods, or otherwise from one hardwood such as oak or walnut.
If you like light coloured wood, oak doors could be perfect. It is a hard wood with beautiful grain markings and could match other oak pieces in your room such as a TV cabinet or bookcase. If you’d prefer a door that’s darker in colour, walnut could be perfect. It’s a hardwood with an exquisite grained design, it can be very dark brown, a warm brown or even yellow so you can choose the shade that will match your colour schemes the best.
You may also want to consider whether you need internal fire doors in your home.“fd30” approved fire doors are more fire resistant than normal doors and can resist a fire for thirty minutes, or “fd60” which can resist a fire for sixty minutes. Fire doors are available in standard 44m or 45mm thicknesses.
Which paint do I need?
If you buy prefinished doors they are ready for you to put up straight away, but if you buy unfinished doors you’ll have to get your paintbrush out first. Choose the paint, stain, varnish or wax you want to make your doors look amazing shouldn’t be too tricky, as long as you follow out top tips:
- Breathable paint and oil based paints work best.
- If you want your doors to look glossy, you can opt for a high gloss finish, or if you want to tone it down, you can opt for semi-gloss.
- Gloss paint is more hardwearing than matt finishes and also easier to clean.
- Light colours can make seem your rooms seem bigger and won’t distract from your feature wall, but if you’re painting the door of your home cinema room you might want to opt for black or a dark grey. Shabby chic homes might be best with natural doors, or white.
- Doors inevitably get mucky, but a quick wipe with a damp cloth should leave them looking as good as new.
For more advice and to get up close to our wood door range, visit our showroom in Garsington, for directions click here.