More than just doors

Holly Graham at Premdor explains why doors can be the key design feature which will define a space, while reflecting an interior design vision

Great interiors rely on balance and getting the essentials of the room right, and it’s a fact that every room feels incomplete without a door. Doors have the ability to both start and finish off the look of a room, so making a door a design feature allows you to define a space and reflect an on-trend vision before even stepping over the threshold.


Trends are often perceived to have a short life span, yet trends in interior design are surprisingly long lasting and do not change sporadically, but evolve gradually.

Grey has had a dominating effect on the interior design world for the past couple of years, and is still a key colour for 2018/19. What we are now seeing is the introduction of a larger variety of greys and neutral tones to complement and blend with up and coming trends. Graphite and charcoal greys work well in urban inspired environments where lighter, softer greys are popular within contemporary or Nordic-influenced interiors.

A top tip for discovering potential new trends enticing the market is to look towards the kitchen and flooring industries. Implementing the use of natural, distressed woods and textured grains into the general decor is emerging as a popular feature on the design agenda for this year. This is great in terms of determining the style of your doors, as natural, veneered timber doors are both aesthetically pleasing and won’t blow the budget.

If you are interested in using natural materials but require something more detailed and style driven, natural engineered veneers are an increasingly popular option. Perfect for transforming your interior doors into prominent pieces of furniture, this innovative method allows for aesthetic versatility in terms of desired patterns and colour availability. Responsible sourcing of materials is a consideration that is influencing interiors. With the rise in eco-conscious building projects and an enhanced number of regulations and criteria to meet where traceability and sustainability are concerned, it’s important to factor in an ethical approach to your decor.

When enquiring about timber doors, be sure to look for certifications that outline their commitment to comply with specific standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsements of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Transforming ideas into reality

A development just outside the market town of Hexham combines both an environmental commitment and an on-trend approach. Homes by Esh have developed sixteen brand new executive homes to create a sophisticated housing complex encompassing the notion of luxurious yet affordable living.

Style, sustainability and modern living have been the main aspirations at the forefront of Hexham Gate and the execution of each element has been successfully projected throughout each individual home, right down to the selection of interior doors. The Scandinavian Two Stile door from Portfolio’s Natural Range complements interiors inspired by Swedish sophistication. Framed by vertical stiles, the striking cross grain effect accentuates the fresh and light feel of the Scandi origins of the house, whilst maintaining the sense of refined environmental awareness through the door’s quality, British manufacturing and commitment to the principles promoted by the PEFC. Each statement door is created from originally designed Italian veneers.

Colin Willetts, deputy managing director of Homes by Esh comments: “Hexham Gate is a unique development and as such, the interiors needed to complement the high specification design and construction of every property. The internal doors offered the right balance of quality aesthetic and functionality and have become very much a standout feature of the properties.”

Holly Graham is senior product and marketing manager at Premdor