8 Creative Interior Doors That Will Make You Happy on the Inside

published May 11, 2018
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Front doors get all the attention, but what about interiors doors? You see the inside just as much as the outside, so why not show yours some love.

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Brittni of Paper & Stitch holds no punches with her dramatic entryway makeover. The dark charcoal walls make the mint door a focal point instead of an afterthought. She also lays out the best plan for painting the door without removing it, and provides a complete checklist.

Is there anything cheerier than a yellow door? This all-white and concrete space could easily look cold, but the sunshine shade brings that extra bit of life. This door is actually painted yellow on both sides for a double dose of happy. (Also lead image above).

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Though Dabito’s ombre door is a trick of lighting, it got me thinking, and there’s no reason not to try this in your home. Use Studio DIY’s ombre wall tutorial for a cherry sunrise effect.

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And, while you are here, look what’s on the inside of Dabito’s door: another cheerful yellow coat of paint, that’s what.

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Speaking of Studio DIY, look at her closet doors! Kelly explains how they wanted a diamond element on the door to pick up the pattern on their rug and add contrast to all the softer shapes in the room. The oversized shapes are perfectly complemented by the bold hardware and give the doors unexpected depth. Even the hinges match.

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When I first saw this door labeled “DIY,” I thought it was going to be a restoration tutorial. Instead, Nancy of Slightly Coastal completely flipped what I thought I knew about using basic trim. She cut salvaged baluster pieces in half to create completely custom trim. Plus, she makes a good point about updating your current doors instead of replacing them—they’re already perfectly sized for your home.

We’ve talked before about the wonders of stencils before, and the large, flat expanse of your door is a great place to try the technique. Go for drama in a deep jewel tone and metallic paint like Marrakesh hotel Peacock Pavilions. (If you’re interested, Megan Pflug has a unique and slightly more modern take on this idea.)

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Wallpaper is a great option if a solid color doesn’t do it for you, but the panels on your door make it hard to trim out or stencil, as seen on this door from Sunset Magazine. Use a removable option if you like to change up your decor frequently, or if you’re a renter and can’t paint.