Doing Up A Door

Doing Up A Door

Leah Moss
Apr 30, 2010

I didn't realize the extent of my obsession with doors until I started writing for the site, but after a few door articles and countless images saved in my inspiration file I think it's time to declare myself an addict. Doors are one of the most overlooked elements of a room, especially in a rental, but given special treatment they can transform a space.

When it comes to dramatic impact, black and white stripes are hard to beat. We've discussed them for hallways, powder rooms, floor coverings, and now it's time for doors. The bold combination is ideal for space expanses, like doors, to deliver a lot of drama without overwhelming the senses. In this application, using a reserved palette for the other furnishings— raw wood, black, and white— lends the pattern a sophisticated feel whereas using the stripes in a room full of saturated bright colors would only increase the mad hatter vibe.
Ugly, builder's special grade sliding doors can bring down a room, but adding a patterned paper lends them a mural type appeal. I love Melissa Warner's vibrant closet doors, featured in House Beautiful. The paper is Osborne & Little's Hothouse in Arizona.
I keep coming back to this image in my inspiration file for its quirkiness. I love how the door's stand out feature is that it blends right in.

More on doors:
The Patterned Painted Door (and a how-to)
How To Create An Orla Kiely Inspired Door
Bookcase Doors From Apartment Therapy and Beyond
Don't Forget About The Doors
Style Your Door: Makeover Your Door In One Fell Swoop

Images: 1: B&B Italia via Space For Inspiration, 2: House Beautiful, 3: Living Etc.

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