When choosing interior or exterior doors for your home, you may be surprised to find that there are many more styles, materials, and features available than you expected. This can be good, as it means that you don't need to settle for bland household doors, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Note a few differences in those styles and the materials of doors, as well as some added features you might consider for your home's interior or exterior entryways.

Bead board

Bead board is a type of wood design that includes long and narrow slats or planks, placed vertically. Bead board is a favourite style for cabinet doors in the kitchen, as it offers some texture and depth. You might also consider bead board as a door style for interior rooms; a frame of thick moulding around the door's face can give the piece even more depth and an upscale look.


Insets are different than inserts; an inset is a design carved into the door's face, which can give it depth. Glass that is added to a door's face is called an insert. For interior doors, insets can make the door more stylish; choose doors with insets for the bedroom or for an entryway to a formal dining area.


A transom is a pane of glass above a door. It's not unusual to have house numbers etched onto a transom above an entryway door, and this glass can also let in more light around the door itself. For interior doors, a transom can also allow more light to pass between rooms, and can give added style to an entryway.

Barn doors

Barn doors are those that run along a track above the doorframe, rather than opening with a hinge on the side. These doors are good for crowded and cramped rooms or hallways, as they don't need clearance in front of them to open. The hardware used above the door can also be very large and prominent, adding style to the door.

Bi-fold doors

Bi-fold doors are made of two separate panels with a hinge between them, and they run along a track and fold on that hinge to open. Bi-fold doors can be a good choice for any room door where space is limited, as the door needs much less clearance for those hinged panels than for one solid piece to open. You can also install bi-fold doors with piano hinges on the outer sides, so the panels lay flat against the wall when opened, creating maximum clearance around an entryway.