Decoration

What colour doors should you choose?

Often overlooked when undertaking renovation work, doors can become a real decorative asset. Avoid anonymity – use colour to create an element of surprise. Follow the advice of Stephan Martinache, interior designer (Agence Conseil Architecture)

Practical guide - 17 July 2017

Tip 1

How do you choose a door colour?

It is important you choose the right door colour when decorating your home. Nowadays, doors are increasingly considered to be decorative objects that form part of a renovation project. Nowadays, a wider range of shapes, materials and finishes is available. What’s more, a door’s symbolic meaning may be important: your lounge door reflects your sense of hospitality, while your front door is also a way to open your home and welcome in the outside world. One more thing to bear in mind: a door has two sides. It unites two rooms with different decorative styles. So how can you choose a finish that matches both rooms?

Tip 2

What are the key points to remember?

You first need to consider the colour and material of the walls, floor and ceiling. You also need to pay close attention to the size and number of doors in relation to the room size, as well as their location and frequency of use. Specifying the door material is as essential as the colour, if not more so. It will respond differently to colour depending on whether it is made of solid wood, aluminium, glass, etc. Is the door frame heavily moulded or thin? Are there any skirting boards in the room? A

   

Tip 3

How do you choose the door colour and finish?

We can imagine anything our hearts desire, particularly if we want to highlight a door and transform it into a decorative element within the room – provided our coherent colour choice creates a harmonious overall look, and we strike a balance between the colour, its intensity and the room surfaces. If you opt for a more vibrant colour palette, ensure that it goes with each room. There are no particular colours to be avoided or used; you simply need to create harmony and contrast. Choosing a different colour for the two sides of the door is not recommended – in fact, it suggests a lack of uniformity. Avoid colours that are too loud and vibrant, you will quickly get fed up of them. In addition, make sure you choose a handle that matches the door style. Personally, I would advise against kit mouldings that can be glued to a basic door.

In a nutshell

The colour of a door cannot be chosen without considering the floor material, the colour of the walls or the quality of the lighting.

There are no particular colours to be avoided or used; you simply need to create harmony and contrast.

Avoid colours that are too loud and vibrant, you will quickly get fed up of them.

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