Open the door to new interior trends
January is upon us, which means not only a number of resolutions to make 2017 a positive year, but also a host of new interior trends to look out for.
Whether your home has a sleek and contemporary style with clean lines and muted tones, or is host to a more timeless, period feel, you can easily introduce a new design element by updating your interior doors. Here we have rounded up the door trends that should be on your radar.
Real wood may be a material that has been used since time began, however aside from being extremely practical due to its durability, the appearance of a natural woodgrain can be a design feature in itself. With different wood types and finishes offering unique textures and colours, it’s easy to pick a real wood interior door that will seamlessly blend into any home. Opt for an oak door for a traditional look, or if you prefer a more modern style, real wood veneers (as pictured above) combine the appearance of a natural woodgrain with a contemporary edge.
Natural lighting is the ultimate interior feature and can transform a room instantly, which is why glass continues to be a key trend. Perfect for small rooms, or areas of the home that can feel enclosed such as hallways, glazed panels allow light to flood in and illuminate the space around. Larger glazing panels allow more light to flood in, however smaller glazing panels still create a feeling of space. For additional privacy, consider a frosted glazing panel, or opt for a design with choice – allowing you to select a glazed option for doors downstairs and a non-glazed equivalent for bathrooms and bedrooms.
A timeless tone, shades of grey suit interior doors perfectly, with darker hues making a statement and cooler greys setting the perfect accompaniment to a neutral design scheme. Where brighter colours can come in and out of fashion, grey remains a strong feature in 2017 interiors, meaning if you fit doors in this shade, you needn’t worry about painting or replacing them for years to come.
Indoor-outdoor living was big in 2016, creating additional living space by removing the barriers of walls between kitchen/dining space and patios. But this year, consider instead increasing flexibility inside your home by maximising the openings between different rooms. A feature that you can make the most of year-round, folding doors give you the best of both worlds – allowing you to enjoy separate, cosy rooms when you’re having a relaxing night in, whilst also offering potential for open-plan living. Simply fold the door away and watch the space transform.
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Why refacing is the new renovating
While updating the interior of a building is often at the top of the list when undertaking a renovation project, the external appearance is often left much to be desired for. Although making changes to the outside of a building may seem like a large and daunting affair, updating the primary features such as external joinery can make a world of difference.
As the gateway into your home and the first thing guests see, updating exterior doors can undoubtedly help make a great first impression and establish the look of your home. There are a range of styles and collections to choose from which give you unlimited potential. Exterior doors can create a classic or contemporary appearance depending on style and you can tailor your look further by choosing hardware to match your décor, or glazing for added light in the hallway.
Opt for classic timber materials such as white oak for a traditional look, or choose to paint a plain door in a bold colour to create a statement entrance. For the best of both worlds opt for doors that with a dual colour finish, enabling you to select a standout colour for the front of the door and a more neutral colour inside to suit your hallway décor.
Replacing the windows in a property can make a real difference to the light, ambience and feel of the interior space, with design and performance being vital considerations.
From traditional to contemporary, casement to slider and painted to stained, you’d be amazed at the range of options on offer, as well as the possibility for made to measure sizes. Once you’ve picked a style to suit, the wood finish and final touches will allow you to be creative.
The joy of timber is that it can be painted or stained in any colour, with the possibility of a dual colour finish making it easy to reflect the style of your home. Fully finished and factory glazed timber windows also save both time and money due to not having to be decorated, and in the long-term provide even more value thanks to greater guarantees with premium manufacturers offering up to 10 years paint finish guarantees – delivering true peace of mind.
For further customisation and a look that matches local styling, there are a number of different bar designs to choose from too. Single horizontal or deco bars are ideal for subtle detailing, whereas Victorian or cottage bars can add more personality.
Although easy to get carried away with style and design, remember that the operation of the window itself e.g. a hinged casement or slider, can also make all the difference to a home update.
Just adding a small patio doorset can transform a living or dining area and have an immediate effect on light, space and functionality. Even if space is restricted, patio doorsets can still be a possibility as there are many styles available to suit properties of all shapes and sizes, with made to measure options available to fit even the most awkward of openings.
For a smaller opening or window replacement, French patio doorsets are a great option and offer an understated and traditional look. To open the space further without adding another door, it’s possible to incorporate sidelights, which allow extra light to flood in.
However, to truly merge indoor and outdoor living areas, folding sliding patio doorsets are an ideal solution, especially if there is a larger opening. They can be configured so that all the leaves fold all the way back, or with a single independent opening door for added ease of daily access.
Not only should style, strength and performance be a consideration, but the ability to choose a colour that blends perfectly with the exterior of a property should be too.