The hottest trends in residential door design

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4 min readIt’s the first thing you see when you arrive home and the last thing you see when you leave. We’re referring to your doors and they’re even more of an integral part of your home’s design than you may first realise. If you’re building or renovating your home it’s important to be across the latest fashion in door design to figure out what options make the most sense for you. Here are the five hottest trends in door design right now.

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There are many different types of doors that are seeing increased popularity this year and here are some of our favourites.

The Santa Fe: This is a multi-dimensional option, so it works no matter what interior design style you’re going for. It’s designed with five panels and a radius top arch with a mid-rail or a lock rail in between.

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The Rockport: The Rockport has a very unique design and can add visual appeal to any home. It includes five rectangular panels that are styled in a horizontal row.

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The Craftsman III: The Craftsman continues to evolve as a popular type of front door that works with almost any style of architecture. It was three panels – two parallel with one above.

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While not always assumed to add aesthetic value, hardware is literally the glue that holds everything together. We’ve seen an evolution of door hardware in general, as engineers determine more simple ways to configure tools and door hardware. The big updates relate to the materials chosen, and how industry experts are sourcing them.

A prominent trend is concealment. More and more architects are looking for ways that they can conceal door hardware, so that the look of the door (or window) is sleek and smooth. Another prominent trend is ‘turn and open’. It sounds like a simple notion, but a lot of time and effort has gone into the knob of a door to ensure that it’s easy to open and close.


Safety is paramount when choosing or replacing doors in your home. There are so many new and innovative products on the market at the moment. You no longer have to worry about losing a set of keys, when you can take advantage of the many different apps and keyless entry locks on the market.

One of our favourites is Vivint Sky Mobile app, Frontpoint Security app and SimpliSafe. While not all may be available in your area, it’s worth having the important conversation with your locksmith and researching what is.

It doesn’t stop with apps, although technology is definitely the common thread in this trend. The design of doors now factors in different fail safes, depending on style, so that there are multiple security measures in place.


Gone are the days when doors only came in neutral shades. When doors first become a standard component of any home, the idea was to pick a neutral shade, but one that contrasted with the exterior of the home, so that it was easy to find.

In recent years, we’ve taken this a step further and turned doors into a fun pop of colour. In fact, we’re seeing doors that leverage multiple colours or are updated based on the season. Another big trend is colour customised floor closers. These mount below the door and support the aforementioned trend of seamlessness and concealment.

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This proves to be a trend that traverses windows and doors and hits every element of the building industry. It starts with the buyer and conversations about where materials are coming from and how they’re being made. It’s serving as the catalyst for the additional trend of transparency. In recent years, we’re really starting to see companies take ownership in promoting all of the specifics of their products.

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While this is by no means all-encompassing, it gives you a starting point to start making the right door design decision for you and your home. Questions? Comments? Let us know below.

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