Doors: Design ideas, inspiration & pictures


It is an entrance just as much as an exit. It can block off or be an access to any given space. The first line of protection for our homes and an entrance where we welcome family and friends. When you approach a house, the first thing you will come across before being able to enter is the main door. It is the line that separates the private space from the shared space. There are many doors within the house and they all serve a different purpose. Choosing the right doors for your home is critical to meet all your needs and to define your style. There are so many varieties that there is surely something for every personality. After all, nothing says welcome like the front door.

1. Types of doors

Exterior Doors

A house is required to have at least one egress door. This door must be accessible from all areas of the house. It is common to use the front doors as the egress door. Occupants must be able to easily exit and step out of the house with the least obstruction or detours such as garages. Elderly and handicapped especially with contraptions that help them with mobility must be taken into consideration. Under the Philippine building code BP 344 in regards to the minimum requirements for accessibility, the recommended size of an egress doorway opening should not be less than a width of 900mm and a height of 2100mm. It is advisable to choose a strong and sturdy main door to be able to withstand many weatherings to come.

Interior Doors

Inside doors are relatively more lightweight compared to exterior doors because it is more frequently used as it is in the house. Standard door sizes range from 600mm for toilet doors and 700mm-800mm for bedrooms. Most rooms within a residence require doors for bedrooms, bathrooms or sometimes kitchens. They can all have a different set of needs. Like moisture resistant doors for bathrooms, double swing doors for kitchens and soundproofing doors for bedrooms. A solid core door is recommended for rooms that have a lot of traffic because they are more durable. It is also good for rooms that need blocking of sound. You can improve your sound proofing with padding or sound deadening strips.

2. Popular doors

Traditional doors features two to as much a s twelve raised panels. Mostly made with wood, but could be done with other materials such as metal or fiberglass. Plain, frosted etched or colored glass inserts are sometimes incorporated in the design.

Craftsman doors are rooted from the arts and craft era. These doors are commonly produced with hardwood and typically have glass panes in the upper portion of the door. This can be a single pane or several smaller pieces grouped together.

More modern doors will feature a strong straight forward approach in design. You can be creative with shape, size and color usually enhancing impact. They may have straight sleek lines, equally repeating or have a minimalistic in approach.

Arched doors can be made with different materials. Strong in character and style, they are distinct because of their shape. Hence, there are more installation and fabrication details to pay attention to because of the custom shape the door and jambs will need to accommodate.

Rustic Doors often have the characteristic of a rural yet cozy look and feel. Mountain or country style key elements are heavy and large doors with hardware in iron that standout as part of its charm. Using wood that appear aged. They may clean up or repurpose used, salvaged or reclaimed wood that adds authenticity to its weathered look. Keeping it natural by staining to show its grains rather than painting it. It is paired well with stone exteriors.

3. Doorknobs and Hardware

Keyless entry

The remote control system automatically changes the code every after entry. Similar to the remote control key of a car, door access is as simple as pressing a button. Other models like the touch pad offer entrance with your fingerprint or aided with a smartphone. Keypad lockset allows access by a numerical code you can set yourself punched onto a number keypad.

Key entry

Keyed door knobs are more traditional in method and design. This operates a latch that disengages with the turn of a knob and unlocks with a key. A door lever is a similar mechanism with a simple action of pushing down a lever that disengages the latch. Handle sets are grabbed by the four fingers and uses the thumb to operate the latch. Will commonly have a matching deadbolt. Knobs paired with knobs or levers on the inside. It is a bold decorative touch.

Door hardware are available in a variety of finishes to compliment your door. Polished brass for a gilded effect. Antique brass, oil rubbed bronze and antique pewter work well with antique appearances. And many modern styles use satin nickel, satin chrome or polished chrome.

4. What can I do to add security to my door?

Here are some options for additional locking and security.

A spring latch is a lightweight spring loaded bolt which is an easy additional lock that is simply mounted to the surface. Double cylinder deadbolts require a key to lock and unlock from both sides unlike the mechanism of a single cylinder that uses a thumb turn style lever to open from the inside. Night latches are mounted onto the surface of the door. It is an option that works like a deadbolt without having to mortice it to the door. Viewers and peepholes can provide a wide view of the outside through a set of lenses without the need of opening the door.