14 ideas for decorating the interior door

The interior room door occupies an important place in the interior of the room. It serves not only as a barrier to noise, delimits the space and allows privacy, but is also a prominent decorative object.

Engage in decorating interior doors can inspire you for several reasons:

  1. First, despite the huge selection of ready-made (and very attractive) doors, sometimes it is very difficult to find a suitable model. Sometimes all the doors seem the same – “I have already seen this one at the neighbors”, “and this looks like the door to our office”. Repeat and buy something unoriginal and has become banal do not want to, because your interior is unique, so the door should correspond.
  2. Secondly, even an old door with scratches, peeling paint and unremovable stains from who knows what often do not want to change! After all, any replacement door – and change the box itself, which is associated with dust, plaster, patch the resulting gap, the need to change the wallpaper (at least around the new door) – in general, with a local, and sometimes a major repair.

That is why sometimes it is much easier to the owner to update an already installed door “without leaving the place”, that is, without changing the whole box, right there in the room. Of course, in some cases, to remove the door from the hinges will still have to, but it is much easier and faster than starting a full repair. Whatever your motives may be for decorating your interior door, it often requires little more than leftover materials from the last renovation.

1 Painting in One Color

The easiest way, without any frills or extra work, to get your door in order. To do this, you first need to take the door off its hinges, then go over it with a trowel, removing the old paint, level the surface with sandpaper, seal cracks and scratches with putty, remove grease stains, tape the glass with masking tape so as not to stain, and you can take a roller or brush! It is better to choose acrylic paint – it dries faster, and to paint the door in a horizontal position – so the paint will not drip and will lay down more evenly. However, if it is convenient for you to do all this on the vertically standing door – you can not take it off the hinges. Just do not forget to put something on the floor during the painting, so as not to stain the linoleum or laminate.

A white, just painted door. It’s not too difficult to update it or repaint it another color, although moldings and carvings need special, gentle handling while sanding and removing the layer of old paint

2 Painting in Several Colors

The option is more complicated, although it also involves staining. In this case, we do not just paint the door in one color, but create a simple or complex geometric pattern of stripes, squares, rhombuses and so on. Previously, the door must be prepared, as in the first case – that is, to clean the old paint and level the surface. However, in this case, we will need much more painter’s tape – it is with its help you will delimit the zones between the strips or rectangles. In addition, in order not to buy several cans of paint of different colors, you can buy white paint (one liter per door is enough), as well as several dyes, with which you can experiment with shades.

Gold and white, blue and soft pink, bright stripes on a neutral background, rhombuses and wavy lines – a variety of patterns and color combinations can appear on the canvas of your door

When choosing a geometric pattern, remember that a wide stripe across the entire door leaf is more suitable for the country style, and for classics it is better to choose other options, for example, to paint the upper part of the door in a lighter shade and divide parts with a horizontal stripe

3 Highlighting moldings.

Also painting the door, which in general is not too different from the first option. However, in this case we will accentuate the moldings by painting them in a contrasting color. White and black is a great combination, but already hackneyed, so think about which colors will look best next to each other. Designers have long recognized white and green, blue and yellow, red and navy blue as a great option. Such a door will look great in a bohemian boudoir, and in a strict classic living room.

A white door with highlighted black moldings is a real classic. By the way, if your door does not have such decorations, it is easy to make them yourself – special thin wooden slats are sold, which are simply nailed to the leaf

An unexpectedly bright, pink door, which looks especially aristocratic and attractive thanks to the highlighted white frames

4 Painting with a ready-made stencil

A very convenient and easy way to turn your door into a work of art, even if you have no artistic talent. You can buy ready-made stencils in construction and specialty stores, or order them on one of the websites, and the choice of designs and patterns is very large. Then we just attach the stencil to the already prepared door and apply the paint. Easy, quick and the result is very beautiful!

It is easy to apply a drawing on the ready-made stencil, and the choice allows you to pick up an original inscription, an exotic pattern, or an unusual picture

Such a deliberately simple drawing can easily be created without stencils. It is the uneven lines and simplicity that have become its main highlight

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5 Artistic painting

Unlike all of the already listed options for decorating the door, this option is not for everyone. To create a real masterpiece on an ordinary door, you will need an artist’s talent and certain skills of working with brushes, as a roller is no longer sufficient here. Imagine that your door is a blank white canvas on which, thanks to your skill, a beautiful landscape, a cheerful picture or an exquisite pattern will appear. Fine hand painting always looks expensive and stylish, and you can achieve this effect, spending money only on the purchase of paints.

Many European companies offer prefabricated interior doors with artistic painting. Of course, they are not cheap, so you can try to create something similar with your own hands. Are you afraid that it will not work? You can always just paint over what you’ve done!

6 Children’s Art

Does your child like to draw? Give him the opportunity – let him decorate the door to the children’s room himself. Yes, such a naive, colorful drawing would be out of place in an austere living room, but as a decoration of a child’s room it’s a great option. Only agree with the young artist that the other half of the door is your field for the realization of fantasies!

Usually kids’ paints wash off very easily, so your budding artist can paint the door anew at least every day. But you have to prepare the surface beforehand by renovating the door

7 Unusual Texture with Paint

If you think that just applying paint is boring and you’re afraid to take on hand-painting, you can try achieving unusual textures, like a wooden effect or an antique door, with very simple gadgets. So, with a sponge you can get a stained surface, steel wool will help to achieve the effect of an antique door, a stiff brush – to create an expressive surface of denim. Also sold and special ready-made paints, perfectly imitating denim, wood, canvas, velvet or slate.

On such a slate-painted door, it is convenient to leave messages for the household.

8 Photo Wallpaper

If all the previous ideas were only about working with paints and brushes, this method will suit those who do not want to bother with paint. Photo wallpaper will instantly transform the appearance of your interior door, turning it into a bright design element. Of course, it is better to purchase photo wallpapers designed specifically for doors, in which case your picture will look complete. Ready-made photo wallpapers usually have a standard size of 86×220 centimeters, that’s why they are suitable only for standard doors, and without moldings and glass inserts. But now a lot of online stores offer photo wallpapers to order, so you can choose a variant that perfectly fits your door and has any picture. It is possible to cut to the size of the door and ordinary wall photo wallpaper, but in this case, the picture may look unfinished.

How do you like such an unusual option – the door, with the help of photo wallpaper turned into a phone booth?

Before you glue the photo wallpaper, the door should be cleaned of stains, and the surface should be smoothed, sanded and degreased with a solvent. You can use regular wallpaper glue, but PVA is much more reliable. To the disadvantages of this option of decorating the door can include the fact that the bright image will immediately catch the eye, so that can quickly get bored. In addition, the photo wallpaper on the door due to frequent touching will lose its original appeal. However, no one will prevent you in a couple of months to change the photo wallpaper on the door to something more original.

Particularly popular are photo wallpaper with picturesque landscapes

The photo wallpaper on the door will help by increasing the panoramic perspective to make a small room visually larger. And it is very easy to glue them on, you do not even need to remove the door from its hinges

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9 Regular wallpaper

In the past, this option of decor used to be particularly popular, but now many designers consider it a mauvais ton. This does not prevent ordinary wallpaper, “migrated” to the door, remain a popular way to decorate the interior. As an option – you can buy cork wallpaper and cover the top for reliability varnish. Their unusual texture will make the door more original.

Preparation of the door – exactly the same as in the case of using photo wallpaper. The main advantage is cheapness, since you can use wallpaper left over from previous repairs, and ease of decoration. The main disadvantage is the rapid wear and tear – at the joints the wallpaper can come off and tear.

Wallpaper, glued not to the entire door, but to the parts, marked with moldings, looks more effective

Door, pasted the same wallpaper as the walls will literally blend into the interior. The back of the door is of course covered by a different wallpaper, so as not to stand out against the wall of the other room

10 Fabric instead of wallpaper

This option will look especially nice and homely. Looks decorated with a fabric door is original, the choice of fabrics today is amazingly wide, but this method has its own disadvantages.

If you choose a solid piece of fabric to decorate the door, you should take care of the original pattern

First, when choosing a fabric, you should make sure that the glue will not leave stains on it. Secondly, the edges of the fabric should be pre-treated, otherwise the protruding threads will not look very aesthetically pleasing. Thirdly, the fabric decorated doors will not suit every style of interior design. Those who are fond of pechwork, that is, the creation of canvases from different pieces of fabric, can turn your door into a real application of bright patches. By the way, if the door has room for a glass insert, here you can hang a small curtain, fixing it on fishing line and small nails.

A very cute door decorated with a pechwork technique. The trouble is that such bright quilts have nothing to do with the classic style of interior, it is more of a variant for a “rustic” and motley country style.

11 Posters, maps, paper

Option for creative people and a great idea for a teenager’s room. The door can be decorated with a poster and a picture of a favorite artist or band, sheets from an old geographic atlas or sheet music. Gluing such paper sheets and posters is as easy as regular wallpaper.

An antique geographic map will be appropriate even on the interior door of an ordinary living room, but the posters are better “settle” in the room of a teenager

12 All kinds of stickers

This simple and not too costly way of decorating the door is becoming more and more popular today. Vinyl stickers can be purchased in online stores, the cost of a standard door size model starts at 2.5 thousand rubles, they are glued very easily, and will last longer than normal photo wallpaper.

Stickers with such funny and useful inscriptions not only decorate the doors, but also cheer up your guests.

If you do not want to hide the whole door behind stickers, it is quite possible to buy a small image – a butterfly, a bright flower and so on. They are cheaper, but the external appearance of the door thoroughly transformed. They are popular and “informative” stickers, for example, on the door of the cabinet, bathroom or toilet, which will inform the guests that hides behind this door.

Elegant lady on the sticker will immediately tell guests that behind this door is hiding a bathroom

Often the stickers can look like a simple photo wallpaper, or sometimes they can be hand-painted on a white door, or a child’s picture

13 Decoupage

The technology of scrupulous cutting out favourite images from paper and further creation of applications from these pieces allows transforming not only caskets or covers of photo albums but also an ordinary door. All that a beginner will need for the vintage art of decoupage: paper drawings, napkins with a favorite pattern, postcards and the like – anything from which you can cut a pattern, a brush, PVA glue, scissors, glitter, acrylic varnish, outline and acrylic paint.

You can use literally anything in the decoupage process, from scraps of old newspapers to greeting cards

In a brief description of the process looks like this: we apply a layer of white acrylic paint on the surface of the door, wait until it dries, then another layer – and again wait until it dries completely. Then we apply a layer of paint of the selected shade, and then attach cut out paper drawings with PVA glue. In doing so, try to glue the piece as evenly as possible, without folds and to expel all air bubbles. Using glitter and an outline, we can draw dots, stripes and other fine details. Then we coat the finished picture with a layer of varnish. That is all. The rest is your imagination and beautifully chosen pictures.

The technique of decoupage allows you to create amazingly beautiful paintings, and the lacquer coating will extend the life of the decor

14 Mosaic

The door, decorated with a bright mosaic, will be an excellent option for the bathroom, you can decorate the metal entrance door in such a way. And it’s not necessary to use pieces of ceramic, because if you do, the door may be too heavy. The mosaic can be created from pieces of wood or veneer, as well as purchased ready-made made of glass.

In this case, a bright mosaic of glass takes up most of the door, making it very unusual and cheerful.

Fix the mosaic with a special glue on the prepared and cleaned surface. It is worth to think in advance about all the details of the pattern, drawing a scheme of the location of the pieces with a pencil. By the way, the mosaic can decorate not only the door itself, but also the box, highlighting the slopes with the selected pattern.

Creating a mosaic pattern is a huge scope for creativity. And if a piece does fall off, it can always be reattached

An old door can become a real art object, just a little imagination and effort. To begin with, you can use one of the simplest ideas, and then, entering into the taste, try your hand at the art of decoupage or painting. In any case, your door is sure to be one of a kind!