The door to your home is the definition of first impression—it’s also the focal point of the front of your house. It should fit the style of the building, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be safe or boring. If you’ve secretly wanted your front door to look like the entrance to a medieval monastery or a cozy cottage, there is a door out there just waiting to be opened.
Rustic Wood Doors
Rustic wood doors and their accessories—knockers, hinges, grilles, and clavos—are a popular way to create a warm welcoming threshold. A rustic door is typically built from solid wood. Alder and mahogany are especially popular. The wood might be distressed to look old and weather beaten, but some models are smooth and polished to show off the gorgeous grain. Some have raised panels or miter work, and some are simply magnificent slabs. They often have horizontal details and carvings or inset glass around the edges.
Selecting a Style for your Rustic Wood Doors
The style of your new door requires serious consideration, but what really makes a door is the details. Knockers, hinges, angle pieces, grilles, and those aforementioned clavos are artisan-made from wrought iron. You can find them in ornate or very simple, blacksmith-inspired designs. They are crafted to be as durable as their historical inspirations but are carefully affixed to your door to avoid damaging the wood.
Rustic doors may have squared, rounded, or arched shapes. Most of these doors can replace a standard 7-foot door. You can change the shape of your door, but there are structural considerations. A jamb can be raised and sometimes widened to accommodate a new door. If you really want to make an entrance, you can go with a double door, which gives an impression of grandeur and spaciousness.
Rustic Wood Dutch Doors
Also referred to as a stable door or half door, Dutch doors are divided in half horizontally, allowing the bottom half to remain shut while the top half opens. A latch known as a quadrant locks the two halves together so that they can move as one if necessary.
Dutch doors were commonly seen in 17th-century Netherlands farmhouses. People would often keep doors open to allow for proper air ventilation while also observing neighbors and visitors. However, farm animals would enter the home, spoil food, make a mess, and cause a general ruckus. Dutch doors allowed for a barrier to keep animals out of the farmhouse, while still allowing for the air and observation. Similarly, Dutch doors kept children inside.
While keeping farm animals out might not be on your list of door requirements, Dutch doors can still be made and found in different styles of houses around the globe.
Rustic Wood Louvered Doors
Louvered doors feature rows of slats that are angled to allow for open vents. Similar to Dutch doors, louvered doors allow for extra ventilation; however, louvered doors are rarely used as exterior entryways and provide less visibility. Instead, these doors are used commonly for closets and laundry rooms to provide necessary air flow to dry or air-out clothing.