When people think of interior design, doors and windows usually aren’t the first elements that come to mind. Most people think of furniture, accessories or maybe even colors. But more and more, doors and windows are taking on a heightened importance as design essentials in home interiors — especially in smaller homes. There are several reasons for this and ways you can achieve a similar look in your home or professional projects.

Create the illusion of tall ceilings and larger rooms

High ceilings can make rooms look and feel more spacious and grand. But if that’s not an option at your residence, there are ways to make your ceilings appear taller.

1. Use floor-to-ceiling windows and patio doors like JELD-WEN’s EpicVue Wood line (below). Even standard-height ceilings feel taller with a tall glass addition. This is also a great way to modernize the look and feel of older homes.

Floor-to-ceiling windows

2. Add transoms above windows and doors (below). Not only will your ceilings appear taller, your rooms will be brighter from the added light. If you prefer divided lites or simulated divided lites, then transoms are the way to go. They maintain original character and charm while brightening and heightening the space.

Transom windows make rooms look taller.

3. Raise doors to ceiling height: long vertical lines draw the eye upward and create the illusion of higher ceilings. Interior doors have traditionally been 6 feet, 8 inches. But full-height, 8-foot doors are a growing trend. They’re used most frequently in new construction, but options abound for creative design in repair and remodel projects too.

Tall doors create the illusion of height.

JELD-WEN Conmore interior doors are now available in an 8-foot option. As builders and architects look to differentiate their interior designs, door trends have shifted toward the clean lines found on traditional Shaker-style doors. The Conmore 8-foot door complements JELD-WEN’s already available portfolio of Shaker-style molded doors.

Use interior doors as design elements

For years, accent walls have been popular, but a new design trend is gaining steam: painted interior doors. Traditionally, interior doors were usually either white or a natural wood tone. A few years ago, barn doors became the rage. Now painted interior doors like those below are becoming a popular way to bring a pop of color and personality into your space.

Color doors bring pop and personality into your space.

Conmore interior doors are available in 11 prefinished paint selections, four Woodview Collection stains, five statement collection stains or industry standard primer white, ready for painting.

Doors and windows can add a lot of value and beauty to your home, so don’t forget this often-untapped design element when remodeling or building a new home.

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