How to navigate between different materials and finishes
Which criteria should you use to choose your door finish material? Here’s a brief guide:
functionality: which room does the door grant access to? What role does the door play, how important is it? These are a few questions that will help you identify the right material for the job. In fact, each finish has its own set of characteristics, which differ in practicality, hard-wearing resistance and importance;
styling: design is important because interior doors are also items of interior décor which should be chosen according to your tastes and to the style of your home. The choice is usually made by assonance, following the mood of the furniture and finishes already in place, but sometimes a contrasting solution can be chosen, where the door represents the key element, the breaking point;
ease of maintenance and handling: light weight, ease of cleaning, durability, resistance to stains, dust, water and moisture are all factors to keep in mind when making your choice, especially when there are children and pets at home;
budget: doors make up an important part of the expenditure during refurbishment work. In addition to the material, the details, the accessories, the specific processing of the panel and the number of doors you order also affect the final cost to be incurred.
Glass, laminate or wood? What is the best material for interior doors?
Here are some tips:
wood: lacquered or in wood finish? Solid, hollow-core or blockboard? Which variant to choose? With natural or dyed wood models you “savour” all the natural appeal of genuine wood finishes, with their irregular grain patterns and variations in colour. With lacquered finishes, you can play with chromatic hues and appreciate the homogeneity and continuity of the surfaces of the doors. White doors are the most popular, and this is no coincidence. The type of interior structure of the door affects the weight and handling, cost and value of the item of interior décor. Obviously, a solid wood product has a higher value than a hollow-core one;
laminate: lightweight, versatile, textured, affordable and practical: these are the strengths of this material, which is capable of mimicking both genuine wood and the lacquered finish. It is a very thin, strong and hygienic panel which covers every surface of the unfinished panel;
glass: elegant, bright, decorative, transparent, safe and customisable, tempered safety plate glass is the designer choice par excellence for those wishing to separate spaces without dividing them. Sliding glass doors are the most popular choice in recent restyling projects.
Lacquered and laminate doors are without a doubt the most popular types and also the easiest to get mixed up. So let’s take a look at the distinguishing characteristics of these materials:
lacquered: glossy or matt, with block coloured or open pore finish, these are the varieties readily available on the market. It is specifically a wooden panel, smooth, pantographed or engraved, which undergoes several painting processes, so that the lacquer is “spread” evenly over the entire surface of the door, including the edges. In the case of open pore models, the grain patterns and texture of genuine wood can be seen, so the door is not smooth but instead heterogeneous and enjoyable to touch and see. The glossy finish has a classic and elegant appearance, while the matt finish is usually more on-trend and in demand. As for colours, you truly are spoiled for choice;
laminate: as we mentioned already, these models stand out for the cover comprising a thin layer of synthetic material which is bonded to the leaf, that takes on any desired finish: from wood to fabric, including a lacquered-like effect, both matt and glossy. The benefit lies in the light weight of the leaf, in its styling versatility, in its practicality of cleaning and in the low cost of the product.
The various types of glass doors Glass doors are the most “spectacular” because they are decorative and particular, easy to customise and keep clean. The bring light and brightness to the room, and if they are transparent, they visually free up the space and their gleam reflects the surfaces, allowing you to create unprecedented perspectives.
Which types are readily available for purchase:
wooden glass doors: the most traditional kind, often used to separate the slumber quarters from the living room, to grant access to a corridor, which is often dark and narrow and requires more light. They can be hinged or sliding;
in metal and plate glass: a minimal design and a characteristic appearance, the glass plays an important role and takes up almost the entire surface of the leaf. The aluminium profiles mark the perimeter of the glazed pane, supporting it and emphasising the model’s industrial and modern mood;
sistemi di design designer systems and glazed partition walls, for open-plan living rooms and walk-in wardrobes. In this case, we mean both flush-fitting glass doors and all-glass walls, made with transparent, satin finish, lacquered or mirror-finish glazing, offering the utmost levels of sophistication, design and innovation. The leaves are large, tall, often sliding, profiled with thin but hard-wearing metal elements.