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How to choose the perfect internal door

What type of door is best for an interior door? 

Learn about the different styles and finishes of doors, and discover what interior door colours are popular now.

Internal doors not only provide privacy and security but just like furniture and décor, they are pivotal to the overall look and feel of your home. If the time has come to renew your doors, understanding what your options are and having an eye on the latest trends can give you inspiration and help you find the perfect door for your home. 

In this blog post, we will help you decide what type of internal door is best for your home, including:

● Type of doors: panel doors, glazed doors and more

● Different types of door construction: Hollow core doors vs solid core doors 

● 2023 interior door colour trends  

Let’s get started! 

Panel doors, glazed doors and more. 

The type of interior door you choose for your home will depend on your individual needs, style and preferences. 

If you’re looking for a door that provides privacy, a solid core door with no glass panelling is a great option. 

If you’d like to pull more natural light into a room without sacrificing warmth or sound insulation, a glazed door (a door with glass panelling) is the way to go. 

Limited on space? Folding-sliding, bi-fold or cupboard doors are all great solutions that come in various styles and colours. 

The different types of door materials: Hollow core doors, solid core doors and fire doors

The construction of an internal door is just as important as – or even more than – the aesthetic. This can impact heat insulation, soundproofing and longevity. 

While both hollow core and solid core doors have their own unique benefits, solid core doors offer a better investment in the long term, providing better sound insulation, improved thermal performance, and a higher quality feel. Although they are more expensive than the hollow core alternative, for most homeowners, these added benefits make this option much better value for money.

Explore our solid core door range and read more about how solid core doors compare to hollow core doors.

Fire doors are legally required in attic conversions, new properties with three storeys or more, apartment entrances and for access from a garage to the home. But you may simply consider getting a fire door for additional peace of mind and soundproofing. Shop fire doors.

2023 interior door trends 

Many of the firm favourites, such as glazed doors, four panel and six-panel doors remain on-trend, as they have for some time. Although we are seeing doors with modern, minimalist designs, clean lines and bright colours are proving popular this year. 

Besides style, colour is the main way to make your doors stand out or blend in, so once you’ve settled on a door type and material, it’s time to think about how it will fit within your colour scheme. 

Interior doors colour ideas

Should doors be darker or lighter than walls? Should door frames match or contrast the door? Can doors match the colour of the walls? The good news is when it comes to interior design and door colours there are no set rules. As long as your design decision looks intentional and suits the style of your home, you’re good to go. 

1. Bright and bold

Interior doors can be any colour of the rainbow. Not only do colourful doors make a bold statement, but they easily transform a room – and are an effective way of adding brightness and character to a room rather than painting the walls.  

Sunset hues are in full swing for 2023 and 2024, with Apricot Crush forecast as a key colour for 2023 and 2024, aligning with a focus on balanced lifestyles that nourish the body and mind. For a dramatic and warm feel, try out bold colours such as coral, teal, orange, blue and purple.

The best bit about choosing to paint your door a more daring colour? If you change your mind, you can easily change the colour. But you might just love it. 

2. Pastel shades

If you aren't quite ready to take the plug with vibrant colours, softer pastel shades are an excellent way to introduce more playful, unexpected door colours to your interior design.
Remember that doors needn’t be a different colour from the rest of the room. Matching your doors to the walls can create a calming atmosphere, which is ideal for bedrooms and living rooms. If you’re feeling brave, take the paint over the doors, architraves and skirting boards. If that feels like a step too far, consider the half-painted wall.

If you can’t find the door style you’re looking for prepared in the colour you’d prefer, painting the doors is always an option. Check out our handy guide on how to paint interior doors.

3. Black internal doors

Black internal doors have become a popular trend in home decor. They’re a great choice if you are looking for a stylish, bold look which is versatile for use in both traditional and contemporary homes. Add a hint of striking glamour with contrasting gold door handles, pair dark doors with other vibrant colours for a more eclectic look, or if you’re looking for a more urban, industrial feel explore different materials and styles such as metal and glazed options. 

4. Natural wood or oak interior doors

As popular choice as ever, a natural wood colour provides earthy tones that are timeless, and classical. As consumers continue to search for warmth and comfort, medium and darker-toned wood is enjoying a revival, too. With plenty of shades and grains to choose from, it’s easy to find a tone that matches your home's unique style. 

Should internal doors match the wood floor?

It really depends on the style you are going for. If you are looking for a classic, traditional look, then it is best to match your door to your floor. However, a door that contrasts with your floor if you want a modern, contemporary look.

5. White internal doors

White doors never go out of style. They are versatile, create a light airy atmosphere and provide a blank canvas to layer up colour elsewhere in your room. As well as complementing any dark elements, in rooms with plenty of light white doors can create the illusion of a bigger space. White doors have been popular for a long time and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. You’ll find them in a variety of designs, both traditional and modern.

Ready to explore doors?

JELD-WEN has many internal door styles and types to suit all tastes and budgets. Choose from fully finished to save time on your project or perfectly primed and ready for decoration. 

Explore our solid core door range today to find the perfect door for your home.