July 08, 2013
Function is a big part of choosing the right door for a home. But with the wide selection on today's market, homeowners can select doors for style as well as practicality. Picking out a wood door should involve the same care as selecting beautiful hardwood floors like Anderson's Rushmore collection.
Gateway to the home
A front door is the gateway into someone's home and should be in sync with the architectural style of the house. But while they don't get as much attention as the front entrance, side doors and those leading to a backyard patio or deck also need to have continuity in design as well as functionality. It's important, for instance, that a back door brings in natural light, presents a good view of the outdoors from within and coordinates well with a home's interior.
Current trends favor taller and wider doors that include decorative glass panels alongside the doors or above them. Many are inspired by particular architectural styles, while others come in customized colors for a contemporary look. A door choice should be in step with the foyer or the room design closest to the doorway, but also with the accessories - light lanterns, door fixtures and stair railings - chosen for the outdoor entrance.
Some doors are best suited to certain weather conditions. While new doors are better insulated for energy efficiency than older models, hinged doors that swing out work well in colder climates. In areas with high winds and inclement weather, the wind pushes against the jamb, ensuring a tighter seal, according to TheHouseDesigners.com.
Low-maintenance fiberglass doors are attractive, durable and sometimes replicate the look of wood. They can be found in many styles to complement home design as well as the hues used in the home's outdoor living space.
HGTV host Carter Oosterhouse recommends that homeowners drive around their neighborhoods to get an idea of what hues work best. He also suggests taking a photograph of own's home, blowing up the image, cutting out the door and sliding paint chips into the slot made in the photo to try out different colors.
When it comes time to make a final choice, it should be one that offers good contrast to the rest of the house without conflicting with the overall color scheme. The textures of the home's building materials, including wood shingles or smooth siding, may also look better with certain shades than others and should be considered.