IS IT OKAY TO MIX YOUR INTERIOR DOORS?
One of the main principles of design is something we're all aware of - uniformity helps create a cohesive look. There's no doubt about it, not only do things look more organized when they match, but they also look more aesthetically tuned to the rest of your interior. The same goes for our interior doors. 'While it is okay to mix interior styles, I wouldn’t advise mixing interior door styles,' says Amy Youngblood, Owner & Principal Designer of Amy Youngblood Interiors. 'It’s important to keep some consistency style wise through architectural basics in the home. They may not necessarily have to be the exact same design, but the style needs to stay consistent.'
SHOULD THEY BE PAINTED THE SAME COLOR?
Perhaps your decision has been swung in favor of uniform doors, but you might still be wondering, 'should they all be the same color?' Many of us have walls and door trim painted different colors in different rooms. If we were to paint our doors to correspond to our rooms, surely we'd sacrifice that cohesive look? Even if you go for different style doors, Jeanette believes there's something to be said for matching colors. 'Not only does it make the rooms feel more connected and unified, it can also add a touch of sophistication and style,' she says. 'Ultimately, the decision is up to you as the homeowner, but if you're looking for a way to tie the look of your home together, painting the doors the same color is a great option.'
WHEN DO MATCHING DOORS WORK BEST?
Undoubtedly, there are certain styles that suit matching interior doors best. For example, if you're a fan of minimalism or neutral schemes, it's a lot easier to execute the look with simple, sleek doors that patch throughout all your spaces. 'They're most effective when used to create a cohesive design theme,' explains Jeanette. 'For example, if all the doors in a home are designed to match the overall style of the house, they can help to create a sense of unity and harmony.' Think about it, matching doors are not going to be completely noticeable and might slip under visitors' radar - perfect if you're wanting that more understated look. On the other hand, if you want to make a more visual statement in your home that catches the eye, mixing up your doors in each room is sure grab attention.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN ECLECTIC MIX OF DOOR STYLES?
This isn't to say that a mixture of different interior doors can't work, either. Interior design is all about expressing your individual style and injecting personality into your space. As such, using a variety of different doors is sure to add character to each room in the home. If you want to embrace an eclectic style, a mix of doors can be a great way to add interest, however, there are a few things to keep in mind when doing so. 'First, it's important to have a plan,' says Jeanette. 'You don't want your space to look like a hodgepodge of random items.' Always keep cohesion in mind, and choose a door that gels with the design of both rooms in opens onto.