User Guide to Choosing the Right Door for a Renovation

June 3, 2020

Your doors can have more of an effect on your interior design than you realize, especially if you’re using the standard old doors that came with your home. When you’re getting ready to work with local remodeling contractors in Phoenix, AZ, don’t neglect the importance of your doors—they can completely change the look of your home.

Planning your interior design style

First, you should decide on your overall interior design style. Are you more in line with a contemporary look, or do you prefer something more traditional? Which colors will you use? What kind of mood do you want to evoke? What kind of furniture will be in the room? What will be the focal point, and what will the room be used for?

You can always research online on sites such as Houzz or Interior Décor. They can give you a great sense of design styles that you can choose from—choose the version that best suits your needs and reflects who you are:

  • Size: Your door should fit in with the overall size of the room—if you go too big, it will dominate the room in a negative way, but too small and it will fade into the background and look out of place.
  • How the door will swing: Which way will your door swing—to the left, or the right? In, or out? The side the door handle is on when the door swings toward you determines whether it’s a left- or right-hand door.
  • Door frames: Your door frame needs to be properly constructed for best results. Some doors come pre-mounted with frames.
  • Sound ratings: Finally, consider the sound rating—you may want something that blocks more noise, depending on who else lives in your household.

Different types of doors

Here’s a closer look at some of the types of doors you have to choose from:

  • Slab doors: Slab doors are usually found in contemporary modern homes. They usually consist of a solid piece of wood with an edge banded finish, painted with a simple flat surface.
  • Five-piece: A five-piece style door is made from five pieces of wood attached using a mitered construction method. It can have a recessed panel or a raised panel in the center and a frame on the exterior. Recessed panel doors have a center panel that is flat and recessed. Raised panel doors are different in that their center panel is raised to the same height as the outside edges.
  • Glass panel: Glass panel doors are another door style where the center panel is replaced by glass. This enhances a cabinet door style.
  • Pocket doors: Pocket doors slide into the wall, making them an attractive, space-saving option for smaller homes. They’ve been around for years, but modern designs make them a good fit for newer homes, too.
  • Sliding doors: Sliding doors are often used in closets, but they can be effective in a double-wide door space.

Need help choosing your interior doors? Call your local home remodeling contractors in Phoenix, AZ today—Renovations by Design is ready to help you find the right look!

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