We open and close them every day, but how often do we look at them—really look at them? Probably more than most people think. The truth is that doors play a big role in any interior design. A door can blend into the architecture or it can stand out from its surroundings, catching the eye and making a powerful statement.
From textile partitions to Dutch doors, from simple wood panels to ornately carved metal, the door has evolved to reflect changing tastes and needs. Now, more homeowners are choosing interior glass doors to replace their old, conventional doors. Indeed, thanks to better materials and forward-thinking design, glass is now a viable, environmentally friendly alternative to more traditional materials like wood and metal.
That’s good for designers and even better for homeowners. Not only is glass beautiful, modern, and versatile; it’s also practical, creating a substantial barrier while letting light into the room. And, now, it’s easier than ever to customize interior sliding glass doors to fit into any interior and match any style. Here are six examples of beautiful glass doors guaranteed to spur anyone’s creativity and get them excited for their next home improvement project.
Frameless Room Divider
Traditional swing doors have served humanity well for centuries, but modern design calls for modern solutions, and sliding glass doors rise to the challenge with grace and sensibility. In other words, those who want to combine contemporary style with modern functionality are increasingly turning to sliding interior doors.
Frameless glass room dividers open to reveal the entire space (or at least most of the space), rather than a small sliver of the room. That’s ideal for those who want to combine the spaciousness of an open floor plan with the privacy and functionality of a traditional layout.
When open, the doors let people and light flow freely (they also make it easier to move large objects, such as furniture between rooms). When closed, they section off space as well as any door/wall combination.
In terms of aesthetics, the simple beauty of the frameless design lends itself to minimalist interiors, although its understated elegance also blends well into more eclectic, contemporary, or industrial chic settings.
Stylish Closet Doors
Closet doors don’t have to be drab, boring, or ugly. Instead of fading into the wall or detracting from the beauty of the room, customized glass sliding doors reflect the personal tastes of the occupants and complement the surrounding décor.
Designers and homeowners can choose from any number of glass and frame options, and more and more are opting for more non-traditional styles, such as triple-track stacking closet doors outfitted with milky glass. The opaque glass hides the contents of the closet from view, keeping clutter at bay while adding a sense of airy lightness to the room.
In terms of function, smooth gliding doors offer easy access to the contents inside. At The Sliding Door Company, we build doors with tempered glass, durable frames, and secure tracks to ensure safety. That’s critical for any door, but particularly when it comes to closet doors, which typically get opened and closed multiple times per day.
Frosted Glass Pantry Doors
Sliding doors offer many benefits when compared with swing doors, but they’re not practical in every interior. Many kitchen pantries, for example, only have enough horizontal room to accommodate swing doors or perhaps pocket doors. Fortunately, these days, modern swing doors can be customized in as many styles as sliding doors.
A swing door made of laminated glass, for example, works well whether the kitchen is home to old-world farmhouse décor or stainless steel appliances set amid a sleek modern design. While white frames blend well with a more traditional aesthetic, aluminum frames with a silver or charcoal finish fit better in a more modern interior.
Those who have a little more space to work with can install a double swing door, which offers even greater access to the pantry than a single swing door. Finally, semi-opaque glass separates the pantry (and its contents) from the rest of the kitchen while allowing light to pass through, creating a beautiful sense of openness and depth while still cutting down on unsightly clutter.
Modern French Doors
Double swing French doors are great for those who are more concerned about style than space. The glass, divided into three equal sections, combines classic design with modern materials. The result is a gorgeous, yet versatile divider that works well with nearly any style.
Double swing doors take up more floor room than sliding doors, but, if they’re well-designed, they create a nice sense of depth and interest, enhancing the style of the room instead of detracting from it.
As for glass, homeowners can choose everything from clear glass to black glass. Choosing the right type for any interior depends on the designer’s vision of the room and how adventurous she feels. Historically, people have opted for clear, laminated or linen textured glass, but frosted glass adds an unexpected twist to what otherwise might be a conventional design. Semi-transparent frosted glass is also perfect for those who want to create a private space without sacrificing the flow of light.
Sliding Glass Bathroom Door
Luxury hotels throughout the world use frosted glass sliding doors to enclose spacious bathrooms, but they’re not the only ones. More and more homeowners are installing sliding doors in their bathrooms in an effort to save space and up their style game.
For most, economy is the primary concern. That’s because bathrooms are some of the smallest rooms in the house if not the smallest. Even the most expansive ones suffer from limited space. Sliding doors free up square footage inside the bathroom while opening up most of the wall so that air, light, and people can easily pass through.
Indeed, even when closed, glass lets a substantial amount of light into the room. When open, it essentially removes an entire wall. That makes a huge difference in dark bathrooms that may otherwise feature only one or two small windows.
Classic Quattro Door
Glass doors may have a reputation for being sophisticated in an ultra-modern way, but they’re also incredibly versatile. A swing door built with the Quattro design results in 4 sections of glass for style which harkens back to traditional interiors, while still being fresh enough to suit the most contemporary tastes.
Clear glass fitted inside white frames creates a classic sense of beauty that pairs well with almost any wall color and floor setting. While swing doors take up more space than pocket doors, which disappear into the wall itself, they typically involve less hassle when it comes to installation, at least for pre-existing homes equipped with conventional doorways.
Find Glass Doors for Any Interior
Every home is different, and everyone has a different vision for their interior. The kind of mass-produced doors found at major home improvement stores are fine for tract model houses, but many homeowners want to take their interiors to the next level by customizing their doors.
That’s why, at The Sliding Door Company, we build every door according to our client’s specifications. Custom-built doors give them greater creative freedom not only over their doorways but also over the rest of the interior. By choosing the specific design, glass type, frame finish, size, and handles, they can build a door that meets their unique vision and accommodates their particular space constraints.
We also go out of our way to help you select the right design. With dozens of showrooms throughout North America, Canada and the Philippines, we make it easy for you to see your options and speak with a professional consultant before jumping into your next project. Whether you’re an architect, interior designer, contractor, or homeowner, we can help you design custom doors that meet all of your needs.
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