Instead of playing safe with white or neutral when it comes to internal doors, why not make a statement with a splash of bright colour? Choose a shade that co-ordinates with your room scheme, such as the bold red in this bedroom.
1/10 Lavaliers wallpaper
The geometric-patterned wallpaper is quite dominating, so opt for a block of plain colour on the door with neutral furnishings to help balance the look. Finally, remember to paint architrave and skirting in the same colour for a unified scheme.
2/10 Parisian-themed bedroom with Eiffel Tower door stickers
If your daughter has outgrown her childhood bedroom, why not update it with a chic Parisian theme? The pictorial 'city scene' wallpaper and the eye-catching wardrobe doors are the stars of the show.
The Eiffel Tower graphics are created with easy-on-easy-off vinyl wall stickers, which are a quick way of adding a point of interest to a room. Plus, they can always be removed if you tire of the look in years to come.
Paris wall stickers
3/10 Yellow bedroom with butterfly door stickers
Brighten up bedroom doors and walls with a pretty arrangement of butterfly stickers. Small-scale vinyl stickers like these are an easy way of customising plain sliding doors or brightening up a bare expanse of wall; they look particularly effective here, floating above the wardrobe and the bed.
A set like this will contain around 20 stickers - just play around with your arrangement until you are happy with the effect.
Butterfly wall stickers
4/10 Playroom with chalkboard doors
Steer little ones away from experimenting on precious wall space, and give them somewhere special to scribble and draw. Transform plain cupboard doors in a playroom or family den with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint, or try a chalkboard panel on a wall if you prefer, then let kids get creative.
5/10 Kitchen cupboard doors with magnetic paint
Makeover a kitchen cabinet door with a coat of magnetic paint to provide a space for posting notes and reminders. Magnetic paint can be used on virtually any smooth, flat surface - it goes on like emulsion or primer and can be painted over with coloured emulsion if you prefer a brighter finish.
You can make your own colourful magnets, too, by customising plain wooden pegs with coloured washi tape then attaching magnetic strips to the reverse.
Adhesive magnetic roll
6/10 Neutral nursery with painted wardrobe doors
Customise built-in cupboards or wardrobes by having doors tailor-made. These floor-to-ceiling wardrobes have been given new doors made from MDF. Some of the sections are cubbyhole-size while others are full-size, and they have all been painted in neutral shades to create a unique patchwork effect.
Paints from a selection
Similar peg rail
7/10 Bedroom storage with striped curtain cover-up
Ditch dull doors in a bedroom alcove or dressing room area and go for a smart curtain cover-up instead. Kit out the internal space with a flexible wire storage system that includes components such as rails, shelves, drawers and racks so you can organise clothing. Once your clothes storage is sorted, fix up a rail and curtain across the alcove so you can conceal clutter, and keep everything dust-free.
8/10 Children’s bedroom with spotty wardrobe doors
Re-vamp shabby wardrobe doors in a children's room with a colourful paint effect. Avoid white or pale colours and go for bright primary paint or darker tones to disguise scuffs and marks. Choose a tough, scrubbable eggshell finish that is childsafe and can cope with little ones. For a fun look, try painting colourful circles onto the doors in contrasting paint colours, or buy multicoloured spot wall stickers for a similar effect.
Child safe paint
Multicoloured spot wall stickers
9/10 Living room door with Christmas card display
Run out of shelf space? Turn the back of a door into a display space - ideal for cards at Christmas time, or useful in a home office or kitchen for notes and reminders. Fix a couple of lengths of coloured ribbon or tape to the top of the door with thumb tacks, then use mini wooden pegs to secure your cards in place. Finally, add a string of fairy lights for a festive touch.
Similar fairy lights
10/10 Guest bedroom door with festive decoration
Give your guest bedroom a festive flourish during the holiday season. Tie a sprig of fragrant lavender and fir with ribbon, and hang it on the door handle - the scent will be released as guests brush past. Make guests feel extra welcome by writing their names on a wooden star or Christmas decoration, and tie this into your decoration.
Similar wooden stars
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Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.
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