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Architectural Design Rules for Doors

There are some architectural designs that stand above the rest. These designs follow certain rules of color and composition more often attributed to fine art. However, the argument could be made that architecture is fine art in and of itself. The art and skill of architects have transformed our buildings from simple, boring blocks into huge sculptures of steel, glass, wood and plaster.

To use an easy example, take doors. Who pays attention to doors? They're squares to open, go through, and close after all. However, a door provides a focal point to any building. Everyone's eyes immediately snap to doors, recognizing a portal made for their access. Therefore, a well designed door can attract the kind of attention everyone wants.

Doors can attract attention through design and color

A plain door is boring, as simple symmetry always is. Human vision is drawn to asymmetry of any kind, which means that the simple addition of a window or overlaid colored design can go far towards attraction visual attention. In addition to the bare idea of asymmetry dividing the surface of the door into thirds or sixths for design and window placement purposes appeals to the human search for harmony and pattern. Line density also draws the eye, which is one of the reasons complex window treatments in doors tend to be so popular. The portions of a French door where many lines converge naturally attract attention first, leading the viewer to look longer at the door as they subconsciously trace the pattern.

Right after the rules of object placement in compositional design comes the notion of color. High color contrast always attracts more attention than any other color scheme. Complimentary colors also attract attention, but not as much as a high level of contrast. Complimentary colors are found across from each other on the color wheel. The sets of complimentary colors are green and red, yellow and purple, and blue and orange. Contrast refers to the relative amounts of white or black in a color. Therefore, a black and white door will always attract more attention than a blue and orange door, but a dark blue door with a pale orange trim will attract the most color of all. Choose colors carefully when using color in this way, as poor picks will attract the wrong kind of attention. When used wisely, though, this can look excellent and offers a beautiful way to set your building apart.

If the idea of combining these two basic ideas gets a little daunting with the details, it helps to get some help from a trained artist or graphic designer. They have usually gone to school or trained independently for many years to understand the nature of human vision and to find what we consider beautiful. If you're ready to take a step beyond considering a design, it helps to find a company that specializes in creating and installing custom doors. Such companies usually have designers on staff who can help conceptualize and refine your ideas for your building no matter if you're trying to spruce up either a home or a business.

Get a quality design, made of quality materials that fit your needs, and an installer who knows what they're doing, and your architectural door will do more than merely close a hole in your building, it will draw the attention and admiration of any audience.



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