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How Doors Complete Rooms

By: Katie Comer
Doors are an essential part to every home’s design. Not only do they provide privacy, but they also make a house a home. From sliding doors, French doors, to various wood doors it can be hard to find the perfect match for your home. Remember that doors are the entry point to every room in your home, so make sure they match your design and style.

Here are a few of Modernize’s favorite ideas that can help you create a room centered around the perfect door for that particular space.

Sliding Doors

While sliding glass doors are very common in beach communities leading out to a balcony, that isn’t the only place they can be utilized to their full potential. When properly installed, they create an eye-catching element to your home decor and room space.

Sliding doors are easy to open and close, and also provide a lot of natural light in your home. They can actually make a house and a room feel bigger, since the sliding effect creates a larger atmosphere. Try sliding doors in a smaller bathroom to give the illusion of a larger space.
Wood sliding doors, like those that you can find at Cherry Tree Designs, can match your current design theme, which brings the space together for a more cohesive look.

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A Room with a View

If you have a kitchen or living room space with a picturesque view, try using a door that complements this space. The last thing you want to do is choose an interior or exterior door that blocks your beautiful view.

Sliding doors, French doors, or double doors will be the best option to maximize your view. Many people opt for floor to ceiling windows, but replacing these windows with a door can provide a larger viewing space and another entry into your home. Incorporating a door into this space will allows for a connection between your home and the outdoors.

Having a larger door opening not only provides a better view, but it makes a small space look larger. The right door can make your backyard or back porch an extension of your home. A large glass door can make this possible, creating a serene outdoor space connected to your living space.
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Closet Doors

A closet is the portion of a home that most owners like hidden. Whether you have a messy or organized closet space, you want to pick the right closet door that is functional and complements your style.

A traditional hinged door is perfect if you have a traditional design style and only want to conceal your closet. If you like a modern design style, try using a sliding door. Sliding doors come in a variety of styles, from frosted and translucent glass to mirrored or raised panels. If you want to get really creative with your room design, try using alternative doors. Or even try printed curtains over a doorway to create a style that is perfect for you.
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What You Need to Know About Japanese Shoji Screens

Japanese roomWhen you think of Japanese culture, your mind likely drums up images of geisha in colorful floral-print clothing patterns eating sushi. But some of the most enduring icons of Japanese lifestyle and design are shoji, the sliding, wood-framed doors made of light paper that decorate and separate interior spaces. With their unassuming pale yellow and white colors and simple checkered design, you’d know shoji right away if you saw them.
Japanese shoji screens and doors are quite lightweight, and some of them are even engineered to fold out into a fan-like arrangement. Because of this, shoji screens aren’t meant to be exterior protective walls. Rather, as an interior advancement, they save space in homes and other indoor dwellings where swinging doors normally don’t. It’s partly because of this convenience — and of course, their inimitable tradition — that shoji screens are still widely used today, even in residences in the Western World.

In ancient times, these Japanese shoji screens were used as part of ritualistic tea ceremonies as well as simply for aesthetic design. Today, those who enjoy the styles of older Japanese cultures can have them installed directly in their homes to keep that tradition alive. They’re also highly elegant, and some can be customized to feature artwork across their paper fronts. Picture it: instead of stark white walls inside a living room, you opt for Japanese screens adorned with images of flowering branches instead.

Those kinds of shoji screens are called fusuma, and they’re quickly gaining a following in America because of their uniquely simple and artful appeal. The other kind, the fan-folding kind, are known as byobu, and serve to provide a private area inside a room instead of a wall or border. You can place byobu folding screens in front of patio doors or large windows for a little more privacy without losing any of the light. Both types have seen renewed interest in modern times, especially those that are authentically constructed from real bamboo.

While Japanese shoji screens might make for excellent designs, they’re not typically going to do you any good as insulating walls or protective barriers. Be sure to properly evaluate your home or office with an interior designer in order to determine whether or not you have the space for it — and if your local climate will allow for them. Investing in shoji is investing in a design tradition that’s now thousands of years old. The best part about finding one today is how you can choose the right style to fit your space.

Four Tips for Using Shoji Screens in Your Interior Decorating

Japanese Tea RoomTraditional Japanese design often aligns with modern American design because of shared aesthetics. Like modern design today, Japanese interior design places an emphasis on simplicity, efficiency, and visual balance. Japanese folding screens are one design element that encompasses this. Folding screens, or shoji, have served many purposes over the centuries, being used for everything from tea ceremonies to room dividers. Western traders began bringing the screens to Europe in the 1500s. Here are four tips for using shoji screens in your interior decorating.

1. Use the Shoji Room Divider to Diffuse Light
Do you have a somewhat harsh overhead light, or side lighting? Light can pass through the thin paper of the shoji, but is made softer because of it. Many homeowners and designers choose to place lamps behind shoji in order to create an ambient light environment. Similarly, they can be placed in front of windows in order to break up harsh daytime light.

2. Use It in A Room with Muted Colors and Contrast
Shoji screens are typically composed of dark or light wood frames, with light colored rice paper or other similar materials as the paneling. These screens work best in rooms that are not crowded with bright color, but can instead resonate well with the subdued hues of the shoji.

3. Use Sliding Shoji Screens to Divide Rooms in a Unique Way
Although shoji screens typically come in three or four panel displays, shoji can also be used for sliding doors. This can make spaces feel more open than with traditional doors, and can help transform a space with the calming, geometric design that is the essence of shoji screening. Sliding doors look sleek, and make more efficient use of space than swinging doors do.

4. Add Delicate Art to Your Home
Shoji screens can be either plain, or come with Japanese-style artwork on them, often with the appearance of ink and watercolor. This can be a great addition to more bare sections of a room. Just keep in mind that artwork is artwork, whether it is on a screen or not. Don’t crowd it with other prints on nearby walls, but allow it to stand out to visitors as a singular entity.

Do you use sliding shoji screens in your home? Let us know any interior design tips you have in the comments.

Feinmann Finds: Sliding Doors to Flex Your Home Space

via Sliding Doors to Flex Your Home Space.

DECEMBER 4, 2013

In the movie Sliding Doors, a dual universe provides a glimpse of two versions of Gwyneth Paltrow‘s life. While that is a complete fantasy, having two versions of a space in your house can easily be a reality.

Sliding doors and pocket doors are gaining in popularity because they provide flexible use of space. Homeowners can create private areas in a modern, open floor plan while adding an element that meshes with your interior design scheme – practical and aesthetically pleasing. Continue reading Feinmann Finds: Sliding Doors to Flex Your Home Space