When choosing interior doors for your home or office, it’s important to first think about the role the door will play. There is a variety of doors on the market for specific purposes: decorative doors, protection doors, as well as privacy and security doors. Decorative doors are usually installed inside homes as a barrier between rooms or common areas that do not need security, for example, doors that connect the kitchen with a living room. The main purpose of a decorative door is for general appeal and to be a decorative element of the house. Guard doors are typically the doors that connect the home or workplace to the outside world and serve as a security measure to prevent trespassing and unwanted businesses on the premises. Security doors always have special locks and are most often made with heavy materials like solid wood or stainless steel for extra sturdiness. Privacy doors are used to keep unwanted people and noise out and to connect common areas such as a person’s bedroom, office or utility room.
The types of rooms that the doors connect also determine how the interior door will look. Decide what you want the door to do for you and choose accordingly. For example, the doors of the bathrooms should be different from the doors of the closets, closets or air conditioning rooms, since they all have a different purpose.
Most homeowners today prefer contemporary design over traditional and modern interior design, although contemporary style is often criticized for being too cold and sterile. Choosing the right door will help contribute to the overall atmosphere of the home and make the contemporary home feel more welcoming and warm, while also contributing to modern and traditional design. Solid wood doors tend to have a more traditional look.
Interior doors come in a variety of finishes: some people prefer traditional wood, but often individuals and business owners choose veneer, which is much more affordable than solid wood, as well as glass or leather. Veneer doors are ideal for connecting rooms and living areas; they provide medium sound insulation and low to medium security. Glass doors are great for rooms that need more light, like the kitchen, bathroom, and sometimes even the outside door. The leather finish is popular in modern home design; Those types of doors are generally used for office or exterior doors in the apartment building. The leather finish is chic and elegant and provides high sound insulation and, depending on the material, high security.
There are interior doors for residential and commercial use. If you are choosing the door for your business, it has to be extremely functional and resistant. The correctly chosen door is an important part of a successful business, as it will protect your workplace against unpredictable weather, wind, fire or vandalism and theft. The interior door for commercial use should be practically invisible, so as not to attract too much attention until you need to use it.
Residential doors include bi-fold, pocket, sliding, and French doors. The choice is yours based on the possible door locations and functions mentioned above.
There are a variety of domestic and foreign interior door manufacturers. Most American manufacturers use American red oak, knotty pine, cherry, and maple wood. Each of those materials has its distinctive color and grain. Italian door manufacturers mainly use high-quality wood, but can also provide high-quality synthetic finishes on request. The wood for Italian doors goes through a process of strict verification procedures of origin, fiber structure, maturity and texture of the material.
Interior door prices range from $320 for a simple composite wood interior door to thousands of dollars for a more intricate, high-quality design. The average price of a great Italian door is about $1000. Fun fact: If the recession hasn’t hit you, you may be interested in purchasing a Gioconda Shine, the world’s most expensive door retailing for just… $34,000! Gioconda Shine is made with ecological leather and is decorated with 31,000 Swarovski crystals.