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Published July 03 2012

More ideas for doors

From the use of glass to painting doors, here’s some tips on incorporating style and functionality with your doors:

• A barn door can add an unusual touch, especially in a media room or office, Crosby said. Another idea is to use reclaimed wood for doors; manufacturer JELD-WEN offers custom doors made from Douglas fir that originally was used for barns, fencing, factories and houses.

• Spots such as media rooms are where homeowners can have more fun with doors made of metal or other materials.

• Door colors can vary from subtle, such as matching the baseboard or crown molding, or can add a pop of color. If you have a cream color in the home, Mathis suggests making the doors stand out with black or a charcoal hue. Another trick to enhance the look of a door is by painting the door and trim the same color, with a semi-gloss paint, and the walls the same color, but in a flat paint, Crosby said.

• Frosted glass inserts in doors provide privacy, but keep spaces from being too dark, especially in a windowless bathroom that may be found in older homes or condos. “The way high rises work, there are typically no windows in the bathrooms,” Rountree said. “So it’s able to let some light into the bedroom to seep into those areas.”