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2012 Door Trends

Last Updated Feb 20, 2012 · Written by Rob Schneider

For decades a relatively overlooked aspect of interior design, in recent years, door manufacturers have come up with new and exciting concepts and improvements that have captured the public imagination. As word has gotten out, they have become the predominant door trends of 2012. Here's what to look for if you're looking for doors in 2012:

The Front Door

If your home is your castle, then your front door is your castle gate and speaks volumes about you. Homeowners have realised this and the current trend is away from painted flat panel doors to bespoke (custom designed) timber doors, French doors, manufactured doors with fine detailing, frosted glass inserts and glass side panels. Solid in appearance and construction, like a castle gate, they provide necessary security. At the same time, their fine detailing reflects your good taste.

In high fire danger areas, safety comes first. After so many devastating bush fires in recent years, fire doors have become one of the biggest 2012 door trends. Fortunately, manufacturers of fire doors take style into consideration, so when you replace your ordinary front door with a fire rated door, you don't have to sacrifice your sense of style.

Patio and Garden Doors

A big trend in 2012 is towards bringing the outdoors in. There's no better way to do this than by making the doors that lead out to your patio or deck as wide and open as possible. In the past, the only way to do this was with framed sliding glass doors. Today, frameless glass bifold doors and "stacker doors" (multi-panel doors) are all the rage and many homeowners who already have sliding glass doors are contacting door replacement services and having these 21st century improvements on an older Aussie favourite installed in their place.

With the growing awareness of the importance and value of having an energy efficient home, many homeowners are switching to double-glazed glass doors and windows, while others are contacting glass door and window tinting specialists to have heat and UV reflecting tinting installed on their existing sliding glass doors and panels. 

Interior Doors

Once the most overlooked doors of all, interior doors are finally getting a makeover in 2012. Sliding doors. both pocket and external styles, are coming into vogue, with Japanese styles being particularly trendy. Hinged doors have two disadvantages for indoor use. For one thing, they waste valuable space. Secondly, they can be only be so wide. In a home office, it's nice to be able to open the entry door wide when you want to get a greater sense of spaciousness while working. This can most effectively accomplished with sliding doors.
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