As the year comes to a close and we reflect on the last 12 months, a number of door-related trends emerge—from knotty woods in unexpected places, to chic space saving applications, to sophisticated rustic styling. Read on to see what door trends we believe will continue into the next year…and beyond!
1. Traditional Style That Never Goes Out of Fashion
We are reminded every year. Traditional-style homes never go out of fashion. Colonial, Tudor, Victorian, and French Provincial architecture evoke character, quality, and a sense of longevity. Doors of classic stile-and-rail construction, made with select wood species (free from major knots), with raised panels arranged in a symmetrical design, and sometimes enhanced with applied mouldings, are definitely mainstays.
2. Painted Doors in Luxury Homes
This year we continued to see demand for painted interior doors—in luxury homes of every style, from rustic to contemporary to traditional. Poplar is a great solid wood choice for painted doors. It has a fine grain and even texture, with little to no knots, which accepts paint very well. And Poplar doors are available in Sun Mountain’s custom designs (thousands!), primed in the factory and ready for on-site painting.
As a high-quality, lower cost alternative to solid wood painted doors, Sun Mountain also offers pre-primed MDF interior doors, in three contemporary designs. Demand for this product, too, has grown over the last year.
3. Smart and Stylish Pocket Doors
Pocket doors are more popular than ever. Unlike a traditional hinged swinging door, pocket doors slide on a track, “disappearing” into a “pocket” inside the wall. This space-saving solution has been around for more than a century, however, it is used frequently today—not only in tight places, but as an aesthetic choice, for example, to accentuate the clean lines in a minimalist environment.
4. Crossover Styling: Modern Doors in Knotty Woods
One might expect the doors in a modern style home to be sleek—minimal in design, made of select wood species (with little to no knots). While this is typically the case, this year we saw more and more knotty wood species chosen for modern door designs in ultra modern homes. This unexpected material provides a warm counterpoint to the austere aspects of modern design.
5. Thoughtfully Considered Rustic Detailing
Rustic style has been around for many years but has broadened in recent years to include Farmhouse, French Country, Industrial, and Bohemian styles. Alongside this expanded interest in all things rustic, rustic-style doors continue to evolve—incorporating interesting details like planked panels, metal inlays and clavos, crossbucks, and distressed wood. Wire brushed distressing, in particular, has grown in demand over the past year.