It’s easy to approach your doors like a utility, instead of a design choice. Since doors aren’t as easy to change as finishes or paint colour, many people stick to the least offensive option, to ensure it doesn’t make their recently renovated home look dated. Some people believe that putting their house up for sale will be more successful with an updated front door, so they buy the first new thing they can find.
However, shouldn’t your doors – and your front door in particular – express your style? It’s the first experience that visitors have when they enter your home. Doors play a huge role in security, as well as heating and cooling. Some materials like glass are naturally more porous and make it easier for outside temperatures to penetrate the interior of your home. Depending on what style you choose, doors can let light and air into your living space, making the home feel larger.
There’s no reason not to invest in a door that benefits your home and also looks great! There’s always innovation in this area, as manufacturers and designers come up with new ideas to make doors more secure and wear-resistant, using interesting materials and techniques.
Today we’ll talk about some of the latest trends in doors and door design for 2020, and how you can incorporate these looks into your next full home, living room, or kitchen renovation.
1. The Three-Panel Door
In the past, single or double-panel doors were more common, but in 2020 we’re seeing more doors with three equally spaced panels. This gives an interesting symmetry that’s very visually pleasing, even if you don’t notice it at first. This style can also be customized in many different configurations and constructed from a wide variety of materials.
2. Southwest-Style Arched Doors
In the American Southwest, arched doors are extremely popular. They’re a hallmark of the area, along with adobe bricks and sun-baked colours of turquoise, brown, and yellow. Now, many designers are using arched doors in other design styles, where they can be made of any material from wood to glass. These arched doors are great in both exterior and interior applications.
3. Grey Stains
Grey-stained wood is extremely popular in 2020. It doesn’t change the colour of the natural wood entirely, but it gives it a muted grey/blue cast. The great thing about stains is that they can change the look of your door, but can be easily removed and reapplied, or switched out with another colour of stain or paint if you want a fresh start.
These grey stained doors are a great complement to a wide variety of wall and flooring options, and are an easy way to choose a more neutral colour palette without doing something entirely traditional.
4. Moody Colours
Another great way to choose a more neutral option without sticking with boring black or white is a moody colour. In the past, many people were anxious to get far away from neutrals, especially with their front door. This led to a rash of brightly painted doors in vibrant hues becoming popular over the last several years. Now, people are moving away from this, but still aren’t thrilled by neutrals. An exterior door painted in moody dark green, charcoal grey, or navy blue is a great middle ground.
5. Sliding Interior Doors
Sliding doors are a great way to save space, and divide areas of your home when you require privacy. Sliding doors can be made from any material, but in 2020 popular options include light wood, and glass (either frosted or clear). You can also opt for a more rustic look by incorporating reclaimed barnwood or metal hardware accents.
6. Pivot Doors
This unique style of door is less common, but is quickly growing in popularity. Pivot doors are frequently used for entrances that lead to back decks or patios. Typically, they hinge open from the centre, and pivot on a track. This opens up your space to tons of air and light, but should be used carefully in seasons that are particularly insect-heavy.
7. Custom Hardware
It’s easy to switch up the look of your exterior doors when you invest in custom hardware. This look is becoming popular because it’s extremely easy to execute.
If you’re tired of the look of your exterior doors, change up the hardware to something that’s made just for you. These custom elements can include your door knocker, handle, and any other visible metallic touches. Going from brass to black, or silver to bronze can really change the look of your door. Add a coat of fresh paint, and your exterior has a whole new look.
8. Smart Home Integrations
Many door and window manufacturers have sensibly seen the growing adoption of automation, and decided to integrate it into their latest products. From Ring cameras to smart locks, there are many ways that you can ensure your door offers 24/7 security. Smart locks are particularly great if you have forgetful family members, because they can be opened with a key or a code.
These doors are especially attractive to new buyers, so if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market or selling it in a private house sale, you might want to consider this option.