Architectural Trends – Opening The Doors To New Design

2017 Trends in Door Design

The selection of doors and doorsets now available has fast expanded since interior design has become a culture and art in its own right. 2017 brings a new year of door designs to explore and discuss.

By observing what is popular in other parts of the world, technological advancements and the natural taste of the British public, it is possible to predict this year’s door design trends for budding architects and interior designers.

Interior Doors Trends

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We have seen in previous years that interior doors have always been preferred to be painted in pastel, white or natural tones as opposed to bright and bold colours, once thought as distracting from the contents of a room, but nowadays we can see that more and more designers are choosing bright and bold colours to differentiate their design from more traditional settings.

There is also a focus on the environment and on using reclaimed materials, allowing for more innovative and rustic door styles than were available previously.

The dispersement of natural light has also returned to importance for architects in the design process, internal glazed doors are predicted to be a cost-effective trend of dispersing light and create the impression of a larger space.

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The desire to create the illusion of space can also be achieved by joining adjacent rooms with interior bi-folding doors.  This trend may be costly to install but the value added to the property will provide a strong return on the investment.

External Door Trends

External doors are ever more important to the design and style of the property.  As such, the grandeur and ornate practicality of Dutch doors has trendsetters predicting a comeback in people’s homes in 2017.

Furthermore, when looking at influences from the US, it appears the trend is set for huge heavy-duty doors as tall as 8-9ft and up to 3.5ft wide to become popular in both a domestic and industrial setting, and the UK is set to mirror this trend in the near future.

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Another influence from the US is the prevalence of enormous sliding doors, effectively forming walls of glass up to 60ft wide and 12ft high.  UK architects and homeowners are always seeking ways to provide copious amounts of sunlight while incorporating their outside space as an extension of their indoor space and patio doors is probably the best way to achieve this.


2016 moved toward a style that is more austere and simple without being cold or clinical.  These latest trends are set to build on this foundation and move away from heavily layered and textured approach that has been popular in the past.

Contact RW Joinery for further information about the latest doorset trends and how we can offer an end-to-end service and support you with your trending project.

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