9 Beautiful & Functional Ways to Improve an Exisiting Open Doorway

9 Beautiful & Functional Ways to Improve an Exisiting Open Doorway

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Dabney Frake
Jul 12, 2015
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Every spot in your home has potential, and affords an opportunity to do something just a little more special. Doorways are often overlooked at home, yet they make excellent places to add visual interest, and well as increased functionality. Check out these nine ideas.

Transoms add light and allow air to circulate through a room. If you don't want to install the real thing, like the one seen in this home from Kinfolk Magazine, you can try a faux version with help from Thistlewood Farms.

Above, Sara's threshold has simple white trim (or casing if you're fancy) around the opening that's easy to install, as Addicted to Decorating shows you how to do. It completely changes the look of the room, and adds texture and character.

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Forget a permanent door and install a basic curtain rod hung over an open archway. This acrylic rod and curtain project from Lonny above adds both texture and an impromptu space divider, all in one.

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Megan Pflug's Moroccan-inspired paint job calls to mind grand stone-carved architectural archways, but is actually just a quick paint job. Tape off a design, and paint in a contrasting color.

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If you like the idea of paint, but aren't sure about going Moroccan, here's a more modern, color-blocked take on a similar idea, from Sk├Âna hem.

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If a doorway is like a picture frame to another room, then consider changing the "art" seen through the opening. de Gournay Chinoiserie wallpaper, seen in this design from Elizabeth Dinkel is a graphic and beautiful statement seen from down the hallway.

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Adding a barn door is a great way to temporarily divide space. Leave it open when you don't need privacy, and close it off during much-needed quiet times. DIY Network shows you how to build one from scratch, and we've also shared a way to install a sliding door for under $40.

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Just a single paint border on the inside of the arch adds a bright pop of color and calls attention to the doorway in this Ohio home seen on Design Sponge.

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Large built-ins define the doorway between the living room and entryway in this house on Better Homes & Gardens, and add a ton of character and storage.

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