Doors to make your home sing
The humble door has come of age. Think doors are simply functional items in your home, think again. With a little imagination and creativity, you can really add style and character to any home by updating the door hardware. From recycled doors to state of the art bifold doors, take a fresh look at doors and be surprised by the impact they can make.
If you are renovating or building and are having trouble choosing doors, consider thinking a little outside the box. Old or re-purposed doors can be a great way to add texture and character to a new home. A good place to start is to look around for old buildings that are being renovated or demolished. Warehouses, barns or even schools are often hiding gems when it comes to solid, rustic doors. Be nice, smile and ask the workers if they have thrown out any doors that are salvageable.
Often all the doors need is a bit of a sanding back or a new coat of paint to rejuvenate and bring the door to life. The most important thing is to make sure the door is structurally sound and free of rot, termites or wood borer. Look for solid timber doors that feel heavy as these can be very expensive if bought new. Barn doors can be a nice touch to a modern interior, adding charm and an industrial/agricultural aesthetic. A good way to bring large barn doors back to life is to use new quality bottom rolling door hardware, made by companies such as Brio, to let the doors slide like new again.
Brio is also a good brand to look at if you are in the market for new bifold doors or sliding doors as they specialise solely in the design and manufacture of such doors for the architectural industry. They only use the best quality timbers and stainless steel in their products and are always pushing the boundaries of door design with their research and development. From doors spanning a few metres to very large expanses, Brio has a range of products to help you realise your vision elegantly.
Doors need not be installed to provide style to a room. Consider simply standing an old door in the corner of a room as it instantly adds character and the warmth of timber to any room. I have also seen old doors painted with chalkboard paint to make an instant talking point – write your menu for that dinner party up, or a list things to aspire to this year or maybe just let the kids go crazy with chalk!