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Warm and welcoming

india Updated: Aug 21, 2010 00:25 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times
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If you thought that with your home doors, there is no real trend to watch out for, then we give you various ways and options to jazz up the look of the basic door.

Knock knock!
Whether in a small space or in a spacious one, the door is a necessity that cannot be done away with. “With doors one has to have a practical approach to using modern gadgetry as you can go overboard at times,” says Siddhant Lamba of furniture store Strot.

“The entry door should make a grand impact as it defines what lies inside. If your house has a classic look then the door must be a classic teak door with carvings, ornamentation or motifs. Pick up a French architecture and draw inspiration from there. Similarly, if your living space has a very contemporary look then a plain block wooden door, an etched glass Victorian look or the Calcutta glasswork would look great,” suggests interior designer Monica Kamal.

Go wacky
While stained glass, lacquered glass and frosted glass doors are a common feature, Lamba suggests you go for filming or patterning the door for an edgy look. Remember the movie, Notting Hill where Hugh Grant had a house with a blue door, you can try the same look.

Choose colours such as deep red, green or gold. “By painting the area around the door or the door frame in multiple hues or a single off-beat colour can also bring the focus to that area,” says Lamba Embellished door with Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, mother of pearl, gold leaf etc can give the door an exotic feel.

Strength factor
“The wood used in making these doors undergoes rigorous chemical treatment through vacuum impregnation, which increases the resistance against termite and borer attack. Each and every piece of wood that goes into the making of the door is kiln seasoned and hence the moisture levels are controlled to 10-12 per cent and this makes these doors suitable for use under difficult Indian climatic conditions,” says Mehernosh Pithawala of Godrej Entranza.

Designed to add character and brighten up the entry, doors in the market are available in multiple possibilities to complement your chosen paint or architectural scheme.

Get innovative
Think out-of-the-box: There is a lot that can be done with design and innovation when it comes to the door. Something picked up during your travel can form great focal elements on the entry door. “At a particular house I saw a simple door made exotic by hanging hundreds of bells on it,” recalls Siddhant Lamba. Also, an old door can be made to look older and given an antique feel.

Accessorise: A door that is simple and plain but given an edgy appeal with the right use of door accessories. “Brass handles itself can give the door a look that design cannot create,” suggests Monica Kamal.

Flower power: Using real or artificial flowers, or a box to hold fresh flowers is also a good option. One could simply decorate the space with flower pots or add ferns as a backdrop. Guests will enjoy nature’s fragrance and the floral encounter as they knock on your door.

Logical decision: Make sure that the common fascia does not have doors with different design elements. If the lobby looks over many doors, every door should carry the same element. However, the inside of the door can be changed so as to suit the interiors of the room.

Drawing inspiration: Bring the mood of the house to the door. You could use ornamentations and motifs of various kinds. One can take inspiration from the French architecture. If you want a glass door, then look at images of Victorian doors and for grandeur and elegance, look up Italian door designs.