We’ve been obsessed with stylish front doors recently, evident in our latest round up of the prettiest doors on Instagram. After all, the front door is a vital piece that can make or break a home’s curb appeal. But there’s so much more to choosing a door than just aesthetic value, it also has to work well with the rest of the house. Whether you’re a homeowner deciding on a new front door, or a door-obsessed individual looking to expand your vocabulary, here’s an easy guide to front door styles and types.
The ubiquitous door style present since the Georgian Era, panel doors are characterized by raised or flat panels framed on a door. Panels can come in a variety of sizes and add depth to otherwise plain doors.
Panel doors work best with cottage-style houses or colonial homes, and can be painted in various colors. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for electric blue or sunshine yellow.
Commonly used as interior doors, flush doors have become increasingly popular among contemporary modern homes. Because of their smooth surfaces, flush doors are great for minimal exteriors and sleek architectural buildings.
Flush doors benefit from interesting door handles, which add an element of interest to its plain surface. Angular metal handles or oversized door-knobs are common choices, but don’t be afraid to think out of the box by opting for more ornate handle pieces.
Fitting small windows to doors can instantly brighten up interiors, which make glazed doors a popular choice across different home design styles.
Whether it’s a mid-century modern home or a farmhouse cottage by the countryside, glazed doors can add plenty of character to the entryway.
French doors are essentially doors fitted with windows in a grid-like manner. But thanks to their classic design, they’ve become an iconic door style that work in many different spaces, whether indoor or outdoor. Spot them on the balcony, patio or as room partitions!
Carved doors are best distinguished by their dramatic flair, often with ornate details or sculptural images.
Popular among historic buildings, hand carved wooden doors can also be found in Mediterranean-style homes. Depending on how they’re designed, carved wooden doors can represent a home’s history and heritage.
Which door style is your favorite? Tell us about it or share your favorite door photos with us in the comments below!