Spotlight: Paneled Doors

By Kate Riley January 24, 2017

With the exception of two sets of French doors, all of the interior doors in my house are like this basic builder grade style. I can’t complain about their functionality, but I am bored with the look of them. I have a hard time justifying a purchase of new doors all around the house just because I want a different look, so I’ve decided to do it slowly and budget permitting.

The first space where I plan to swap my hollow core builder grade doors for something different is in my home office. I figure since I stare at those closet doors everyday in the space where I work, create, and gather inspiration, it’s worth the upgrade, so I’ll be buying a pair of doors like these but adding molding to the center make them more interesting. It inspired today’s post with a focus on beautiful paneled cabinet, entry, and interior doors. Some great ideas below!

The addition of diagonal molding inside the frame dresses up this media cabinet.


tim barber

Raised double diamond molding on the doors of these cabinets enhances their traditional panels.


amber interiors

Raised paneled squares and dark paint lets this entry door make a beautiful first impression.


ashley goforth

Raised pyramid squares make this entry door a stunner.


katie ridder

Black interior doors look so sophisticated especially with white walls, and the round raised detail elevates the look of these elongated interior doors.


bethany nauert

This is a beautiful stained entry door, the repeating slats have a modern vibe.


sarah sherman samuel

The painted paneling on these walls disguise a hidden door. Notice the ceiling too, that flat square pattern would look just as cool on a pair of doors.


via mod muse

A hidden door blends seamlessly with the paneled archway below.


dering hall

Diagonal planks painted a dark color with brass handles look so good.


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This is such a cool DIY project by Kris at Driven by Decor, adding molding to flat panel doors makes them a unique focal point!



I’ve always loved this creative idea using ceiling medallions to upgrade plain closet doors.



These bifolds are basic no more with the addition of square paneling coated in pale gray paint. Lovely!


room for tuesday

I’m inspired to begin my own closet door makeover with these ideas in mind!


  1. I feel the exact same way about the builder grade doors and I, too, want to upgrade – love your choice for the office – can’t wait to see pics

  2. I wonder if diagonal molding could be added to kitchen cabinets similar to the media center picture … totally change the look without having to replace the doors? I might have to give that a try.

  3. I recently upgraded our builder grade door with molding too. It was SO simple and yet it had SO much impact. Though, if I had seen all of these options, I might have tried to tackle something that was a little more complicated. Shwew.

  4. I had the same feeling about the door in our first home. With no room in the budget for new doors I chose to try it on my own. I came up with a design I liked, purchased molding from HD, cut it to the sizes I needed, painted it and glued it to the doors. My friends all thought I had purchased new doors.

  5. Every time I look at real estate, I notice doors. I had the same doors you have for years in the house we raised our children in and never liked them. As empty nesters we are now in a new place with beautiful 8′ paneled doors and I love them!
    I’m excited to see what you do in your office. We haven’t seen it in a while :)
    I would think there might be some of the plain flat doors available in Habitat Restore or somewhere similar that would be great potential for sprucing up.
    As always, you are an inspiration!

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