Believe it or not this was a discussion Steve and I talked about a lot. The original doors in our home were not salvageable. They were hallow and had wallpaper on most of them. Doors feel like an easy thing to choose until you are faced with… should they be hallow or solid (for sound purposes)?, pre-hung? Pre-primed or are you painting them a different color? If you are doing shaker, how many blocks do you want… 3? 4? 5? What color hardware? How should each door swing open? Not to mention not every door is the same width. We even had to decide if we wanted to change the widths of certain door frames or not! So many details go into a Reno! Luckily, my husband and I both LOVE the details. We decided we wanted 4 panel shaker doors but had a REALLY hard time finding where to buy them! We finally found a local place where we ended up getting ALL of our molding from called Smith and Deshields! They had everything we wanted. I did just notice that Home Depot is now carrying a 5 panel shaker door that they were not when we were looking.
There are some beautiful options out there that are not just your basic interior door that you see everywhere! And they are the same price! You just have to do your research and find the right ones. It is the details that make a home feel finished. Even the details on your interior doors.
We also went went matte black square handles. I wanted the hardware to come across strong but also I like how the square plays off of the doors themselves. If we were to go with silver or chrome I think it would have disappeared more then I wanted it too. Although silver can look more traditional/ contemporary if you play it right and thats more of your homes style.
Lets talk about molding! This is a hard one because the samples in stores do NOT really help you see the finished product. Do your research. Curves will give your molding more details and a traditional look. Think through the width you want your door molding to be and how you want them to meet the molding on the floor. We do not have the same molding around our doors that we do on our baseboards. We tried to use a baseboard that was easier to clean but also leaned more modern. NOT a huge fan of quarter rounds even though many homes have them. We were able to avoid those because we were putting all new floors in and just caulked were we needed to in-between the floors and the baseboards (if it even needed it at all). It is a much cleaner look! We love our choices and think it makes a huge difference in the end result of our home. It’s one of those things that really matter, people love it, but they can’t put a finger on exactly what they love. It’s not much different then fashion. A women might look stunning for a fancy dinner but is it her shoes you love? Or her earrings? No! Its the whole thing pulled together that makes you say “wow! you look great”.
As much as the details are important… remember that the humans living in those details are the best part of a home! Let them enjoy your space you so diligently created for them to live beautiful lives in.
Design a life you love!