Category Archives: Interior Doors

Design Recipes for a Fun and Functional Entry

By: Laura Gaskill, Houzz Contributor

A well-designed entry helps propel you out the door in the morning, keeps you organized and gives visitors a hint at your personal sense of style. It’s a lot to ask from what’s often the smallest room in the house! Let these five examples of stylish and feature-packed entryways inspire you. Plus, get how-to tips to help achieve these looks at home and ideas for keeping this hardworking space tidy.

Playful Modern1. Playful modern. Set a lighthearted tone at the front door with a bold splash of citrusy colors, from lemon and lime to tangerine. The round mirror is a welcome touch, while a trio of woven pendants makes the most of a double-height ceiling.

Tidy tip: A half-console table is a smart space saver. Tuck one into even the narrowest of entry halls, and gain a spot to set your keys, mail and more.

Get the look: 

  • Colors: lemon yellow, lime green, tangerine
  • Bright and bold front door
  • Painted console table
  • Woven pendant lights
  • Flat-weave dhurrie rugBotanical Charm

2. Botanical charm. With its botanical wallpaper and simple furnishings, this entry radiates nature-inspired calm. And don’t think of a look like this only in the country — why not infuse your city apartment with relaxing rural pleasures?

Tidy tip: Hidden storage inside the bench seat and a row of pegs provide ample space to stash your belongings.

Get the look: 

  • Colors: mossy green, white, natural woods
  • Botanical wallpaper or art
  • Vase of cut ferns or a potted plant
  • Shaker-style peg rail
  • Natural-fiber rug
  • Ladder-back chair

Farmhouse Eclectic3. Farmhouse eclectic. With barn-style sliding doors made from reclaimed wood, a kilim rug underfoot and a modern George Nelson pendant light overhead, this entry covers a lot of ground designwise while managing to look utterly simple and comfy. The secret? It’s the power of three: The light is the most modern element, the barn door the most rustic, and the warm rug ties it all together.

Tidy tip: A closet for coats plus a credenza tucked in a nook make for ample storage in this entryway (luckies!), but if your entry lacks a closet, you can make a rustic-industrial coat rack with pipe fittings mounted on the wall.

Get the look: 

  • Colors: cream, white, spice red, natural wood
  • Reclaimed wood barn doors
  • Modern Bubble light
  • Kilim rug
  • White credenza
  • Handmade pottery

Midcentury Pop

4. Midcentury pop. A cherry-red door, pottery horse and oversize midcentury pool photo by Slim Aarons set a playful, party-ready tone in this entry.

Tidy tip: A low credenza is a great piece for the entryway since it offers ample hidden storage for quickly stashing items (the dog’s leash, paperwork), as well as a surface for holding keys and a bag (or a drinks tray at a party).

Get the look: 

  • Colors: cherry red, black, white, a dash of yellow
  • High-gloss front door
  • Oversize pool or beach photography
  • Midcentury-style credenza
  • Shiny chrome light fixture
  • Lacquer accessories in bright hues
  • Handmade pottery or sculpture

Art Gallery Chic5. Art gallery chic. Create a minimal oasis with smooth floors, putty-colored walls and a sleek bench — it’s all the better to draw eyes toward a special piece of art on the wall.

Tidy tip: If you love this look but need more storage, swap out the bench for a version with hidden storage inside or a low credenza.

Get the look: 

  • Colors: espresso, putty, gray
  • Bare floors
  • Sleek bench
  • Sculptural stool or side table
  • Potted succulent
  • Original painting

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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

By: Fred Albert, Houzz Contributor

A few months ago I saw a quote from a designer espousing the beauty of black doors. I had never thought about painting my doors black before. But then, up until a few months ago, I had never considered painting my ceilings black, either. Then I wrote a piece for Houzz called 11 Reasons to Paint Your Ceilings Black, and I was an instant convert.

Black doors don’t seem quite as radical to me. But the results can be transformative. Take a look at the photos that follow, and see if you become a convert as well.

1. They’re classy. OK, let’s state the obvious right from the start: Black doors are elegant. A white door would have looked charming and cottage-y in this entry hall. But splash on a bit of ebony paint, and you have instant, drop-dead sophistication.

Tamara Anka
I love the way the black door is framed by the black walls in the foreground. Which leads me to reason No. 2 …

2. They’re wonderful at picking up other black accents in the room. If you’ve got black elsewhere in the room, a black door will repeat the color and make the space feel more cohesive.

I love the way the black door echoes the color of the bed frame in this room, giving the space a rich, masculine feeling.

The Yellow Cape Cod

Notice how in all these examples, the door casing was left white.

3. They’re good at making things disappear. Got a door you want to downplay? Black is great at disguising shortcomings (like a large slab door, if that’s not your style) so you don’t notice them.

Wow Great Place

Black doors work well in an open space like this, but avoid using them in a confined area with a confluence of doorways, as they can look chaotic.

4. They frame views. Just as a piece of art looks better if it’s framed, a view is enhanced if there is something in the foreground to set it off.

5. They’re good to a void. Notice I didn’t say “avoid,” I said “a void.” As in, if you’ve got a big fireplace that’s unlit 99.9 percent of the time, and a dark painting or flat-panel TV above it, a black door will help mitigate the impact of those big, black voids, so they don’t look as noticeable in the room.

Thom Filicia Inc.

This room looks fine now, but when the TV is turned off, there’s a big black hole in a fairly small space. The black door balances the void so the blank screen isn’t the only dark expanse in the room.

6. They make a stock door look special. Slap on some black paint, and a typical paneled door takes on an air of swanky elegance.

7. They don’t show fingerprints. How many times have you had to clean dark smudges around a doorknob? Black doors won’t repel dirt — but they won’t show it as readily, either.

8. They mark a destination. This black door is like a punctuation mark at the end of a sentence — it marks the end of the long hallway and provides a clear destination.

Brooke Wagner Design

9. They look great with dark floors. White doors would have been fine in this space. But I love the way the black doors extend that sultry, dramatic mood.

They also send a subtle message, suggesting that the spaces beyond are special. This would be a great way to keep out prying eyes if there’s not a clear distinction between public and private areas in your home.

10. They add shine to a room. Every room could use a touch of reflection, especially if the other elements are textured or neutral. A mirror is one solution. A shiny black door is another.

Use a satin finish for minimal sheen. Or go for broke and apply a clear polyurethane topcoat for maximum shine and protection.

11. They make a ceiling look taller. Contrast draws the eye, so a narrow black door draws the eye up, making a low ceiling look higher. This makes black doors especially useful in basements or other low-ceilinged spaces.

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New Heritage Series Interior Doors Offer Design Versatility, Breakthrough Design

Masonite Heritage Lincoln ParkWhat’s your style? Traditional? Craftsman? Modern? If you’re like many homeowners, your preferences may cross multiple design tastes. Masonite® recognizes this new trend—and a growing desire for consumers not to be confined to a single design moniker—with the introduction of Heritage® Series interior doors. Featuring a recessed panel with the classic lines of a wood Shaker door, these new molded doors are designed to complement a range of styles.

Entering the market are two options: single-panel Lincoln Park and three-panel Winslow. The panel inset creates the appearance of trim and provides a shadow line not seen on other doors. The smooth primed surface is ideal for painting to match or accent the home’s interior.

What’s more, the recessed panel design of Heritage represents a significant breakthrough in the molded door industry; Masonite’s integrated R&D team found a way to offer the design flexibility of a recessed panel while avoiding structural integrity issues previously found in the industry.

The Heritage Series coordinates perfectly with Masonite’s new VistaGrande exterior doors, allowing homeowners to carry a design theme throughout the house.

Why Should You Install Barn Doors?

Author: Sarah Kellner
Date Submitted: 2/12/15


In the past decade, interior design has been heavily influenced by simple country and “old world” charm. Everywhere you look, vintage pieces are popping up, from framed antique maps to shelving made from reclaimed wood. This influence is also apparent in the emerging popularity of interior barn doors.

What are barn doors? Rather than hanging in a frame with hinges on the side, barn doors are exactly what they sound like: doors, often wood and oversized, that attach to a track on the wall above the doorway with a sliding mechanism. Interior barn doors are incredibly trendy and stylish, but unlike some home trends, this one won’t become dated because in addition to being interesting and eye-pleasing, barn doors are incredibly practical.

We sat down with the experts at Masonite to discuss the appeal and benefits of installing interior barn doors. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Aesthetics

According to Keith Kometer, Masonite’s Vice President of Residential Product Development, “Barn doors have become so popular because they are unique. Very outside of the ordinary. You can [create the look] with something extremely familiar, from rustic woods on to looks that are entirely modern. People are designing rooms to fit around statement pieces that serve as focal points.”

Speaking of statement pieces, you don’t have to just stick to wood or white finishes. Barn doors can double as wall art, so why not go bold with a colorful finish like deep crimson? We’ve even seen someone create a barn door out of a vintage 7-Up sign. The sky is the limit!


2. Functionality

Not only are barn doors very attractive, they are highly functional. Masonite’s lead industrial designer, Patrick Ege states, “Barns doors add a level of functionality you can’t get with normal doors. You can close off an entire room with one door.” What a great way to vary the look and feel of your home’s interiors.

3. Space Saving

Interior barn doors are perfect for areas where you don’t have the swing space for a traditional door. While their footprints are smaller than standard hinged and pocket doors, bear in mind that with barn doors, you do need to have enough wall space adjacent to the doorway where the door will slide.

4. Simplicity of Installation

Another great selling point for interior barn doors is that they are super easy to install. No construction is required as it is with pocket doors. Installation is as easy as attaching a mounting board to the wall with drywall anchors, spacers and lag bolts directly under the place where the track will go. Then assemble and cut the steel track if necessary, drill your holes, and install the track making absolutely certain that it is level.  Attach the hanger rollers to the door slab, guide the rollers over the track to hang the door, make sure everything is secure and functions properly and you’re done!

Barn doors are a great way to make a statement in your home. Where will you hang yours?

Sarah Kellner is a writer for The Home Depot. With a background in art and design, she writes on a wide variety of home improvement and real estate topics. To configure your own custom Masonite door, click here. You can also shop interior doors on


Design Inspiration from Unassuming Places: Masonite’s Interior and Exterior Doors Come to Life

Barrington Sierra AvantGuard Black Walnut 2 Panel Camber Top PlankVisitors at this year’s NAHB International Builders’ Show® are in for a new and innovative booth design and concept from Masonite®. In past tradeshows, booth designs have been simply constructed for designers to see the products, displayed in an orderly fashion. Unlike any other year, a circular configuration featuring a life like home designed booth will take its visitors right into what feels like home.

This “immersive experience” environment will present Masonite’s vision of doors as a piece of the overall aesthetic envelope and design of a home.

Each Masonite door will lead to various rooms designed to show the versatility in the brand’s interior and exterior doors. This allows designers to see the products while experiencing a demonstration of capabilities for Masonite® products.

Plan on attending? Expect two full-sized vignettes featuring products from several popular collections, including the Barrington®, Belleville®, AvantGuard®, Lemieux™ and Palazzo™ brands. While touring the vignettes, visitors will experience how Masonite doors can be integrated into everyday life and truly become a vital aspect of the architecture and design strategy.

Stop by Booth #C5008 for the experience. For more information, visit

Palazzo interior doors

Transform Your Interior With Palazzo Series® Molded Panel Doors

When changing the look of a room, homeowners often start with the basics: a fresh coat of paint, a few new pieces of furniture or even new flooring. But one way to upgrade a room that is sometimes overlooked involves the interior doors. Unless you’ve opted for a full-scale remodel, you’re probably using the original interior doors that came with the house. By swapping out those older doors for new ones, you can breathe new life into a boring room. Continue reading

Upgrade Your Door During The Masonite Fall Rebate Program

Craftsman FiberglassWith the change of seasons, homeowners often make additions or renovations to their homes. If you are thinking of hiring a contractor for a fall remodeling project or to simply replace your door, now is the perfect time.. From Sept. 15 to Dec. 15, 2013, Masonite is offering mail-in rebates on popular exterior and interior doors during the “Get Paid To Upgrade” Select Rewards Program for homeowners, licensed remodeling contractors and builders. Continue reading