12 Ways How to Make Your Bedroom Door Look Cool

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12 Ways How to Make Your Bedroom Door Look Cool
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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If you want privacy in your life, a bedroom door is essential unless you live alone. However, bedroom doors are nondescript mundane parts of most bedrooms and a visual eyesore despite the number of paint styles you may choose.

Is it possible to make your bedroom door look cool without spending a fortune on a new door? If you attempt a bedroom door design, will it look like a contrived mess?

In this article, we explore how to make your bedroom door look cool by using varying techniques such as stickers and painting ideas that will transfer your bedroom door from mundane to a personal creation that you can be proud of.

Let's take a leap into the unknown and make your bedroom door cool while you learn:

  • Create the perfect kid's bedroom
  • Barn doors are perfect for the bedroom
  • Universal ideas
  • Chalk it up to experience

How do you decorate a boring bedroom door?

It's a tough gig, so you have to think out of the box to come up with something that will fit in with your room design and, more importantly, your own sense of style.

Interior designers will tell you to go bold and use rich saturated colors, but in truth, that's a novice approach, and we would rather give an authoritative overview rather than a guessing game. After all, it is your bedroom!

Here are a few tips to whet your appetite before we dive deep into the subject:

  • If your bedroom door is an affront to your vision, cover it with a curtain or translucent voile.
  • Think stickers, poems, and your favorite quotes in calligraphy-style writing.
  • Use decorative door furnishings and upgrade your hinges.
  • Add some geometric shapes which will disguise the harshness of the door.
  • Mirror mirror on the door!

There are so many fantastic ideas to inspire you to make a difference in your bedroom door or a child's bedroom door.

Let's explore the possibilities of door decor!

1. High above the clouds

You must admit if this kid's room bedroom door was all white it would be beyond dull regardless of how you decorated the walls.

But this is an example of thinking outside of the box and bringing the door into the theme of the bedroom and to be honest, it's a pretty damn cool idea that is seriously worth copying to create a delightful room for a child.

Extending the clouds at the bottom of the door to present the illusion you are above the clouds is a stroke of genius design that makes the somewhat dull bedroom door become part of the bedroom.

Of course, the hanging aircraft with silhouettes is an overwhelming design feature of what could have been a dull bedroom.

How to create this look?

Forget the flooring unless you find it an integral part of the design and focus on the walls and door, you could simply paint the clouds or even make them from cardboard or a hardboard material to give a 3D effect, you could even layer the clouds to give more depth.

Pastel colors are appropriate for a kid's bedroom and don't forget the hanging aircraft that could even cloud if you prefer.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 3.

It's a simple process, remember to flat the door so you get a good bond with your paint. If you want you could add a black line over the cloud to replicate the depth of the cloud.

2. Old McDonald had a farm

There are so many colors in this bedroom it's hard to look at so let's focus on the door and the design. You will need to follow some kind of barnyard theme for this one for it to be cohesive in a child's bedroom.

So, you have to start with the architrave and the door surrounding it to make this door really pop. The door surround makes the bedroom door look authentic and it's a simple process so be inclusive when tackling dull bedroom doors, it will make a big difference to the final outcome.

There are no rules to say you can't add timber to an existing bedroom door to make it special and by adding timber to this boor it creates the perfect image of being on the farm. Use an age-appropriate color to add that zing into the bedroom.

How to create this look?

Have your theme set out and check online for barn door inspirations, you will need to scale the image to fit a bedroom door but once you have the inspiration it's a breeze to achieve.

It's a kid's bedroom so select a paint that is going to bring joy and brightness to the bedroom.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 4.

Beware that some bedroom doors are not solid and the interior uses a paper matrix for strength and rigidity, if you have this type of no door don't worry you can still achieve the look you want.

Instead of nails, use a good glue to stick on the frame work for the door, it will work adequately and then you just need to paint the door, an easy job.

3. Make it a double!

There are times when the bedroom doors are old and they just need to be updated and bought into the modern century. Replacing bedroom doors with a design that shares the old world with the contemporary is sometimes all that is needed.

If you have a period property there were occasions that the door was bespoke to the door opening and if that was the case then try using double doors to create a unique look for your bedroom.

In a period property, you may have more than one bedroom door as one could lead to a balcony or even to the outdoors if the bedroom is located on the ground floor.

On rare occasions when the door has the style of the period, there is little more to do than to give an even coating of flat emulsion to bedroom doors to make them shine.

How to create this look?

This is a simple choice and brilliant white often works well to brighten a bedroom door depending on the style of the door.

Wall color is frequently irrelevant to the door color so if you are unsure go with white.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 1.

It hardly needs explanation but the key is to give enough coats of white paint to the door so it looks pristine like driven snow.

4. The big bang theory

Creating a unique bedroom door may be daunting to some of you and an absolute please to others. If you use your imagination and some cool techniques you can create a spectacular door like the one in the image.

Image the dark cold depths of space before the universe had even started, an explosion, an implosion, and spectacular colors formed the galaxies. And the universe. If you have ever seen images from the Hubble telescope then you will know how close this image is to the beginning of creation.

The vibrant colors set against a jet-black background of emptiness are a glory to see and make you indulge in a sense of how life was created from the first second.

Set against a brilliant white wall in a period home, this bedroom door is a piece of art that should be celebrated.

How to create this look?

Start with the darkest black you can find, and then spray colors randomly with a background of silver white starts to create the look.

There is no formula for this door and you will use trial and error to get the proportions looking right. Were there any proportions for the beginning of the universe?

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 9.

Remove the door, it will be virtually impossible to create the effect if the door is hung. You may need to experiment with powder paints and then a clear coat of matte clear to achieve this image.

It may be possible to find a vinyl sticker with this image from Amazon, but it's still going to be tricky applying a large vinyl sticker and you will need a heat gun to complete the job.

5. Traditional style

There are some bedrooms that are glorious and the use of stickers would warrant many years in state prison for the offense of even trying to deviate from tradition.

If you have a home that is a period home and a more traditional design it will pay you to investigate changing doors if needed. Flat doors are dull and boring and could be a capital offense in a different universe so change the look and use a paneled door.

Paneled doors add depth and opulence to a bedroom and when painted brilliant white with the correct door furniture can bring the tradition forward to a new era without losing the charm of the period look.

If you have classic lines then stick with them and just update the paintwork once in a while.

How to create this look?

There is more to classic lines than meets the eye and what may outwardly look a simple design needs some depth of thought.

You will need some great walls and contrasting paint before adding a door of this style, and the perfectly fitted door frame and kickboard are as important as the door. Finally, stay away from brass door furniture, it went out of fashion when Noah set sail with the animals.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 6.

It's paint and more paint. Use an adobe color wheel to get a contrast of paints and then paint the door and frame, and kickboards at the same time so the colors match and none are stained with age.

It's a big job but worth the effort.

6. Borders can make or break a look!

Yep, they are not bedroom doors but the concept of designing and renovating doors remains the same and you can take design cues and inspiration from any doors and apply it to your bedroom.

Would you like to create an image from a period of heritage where mystery and treachery were everywhere?

You can find rustic hardware online in the form of decorative nails and door furnishings that can take your bedroom door back to the days when witches were hunted and drowned in the rivers of the English countryside.

The unique look can set the stage for some incredible bedroom accessories such as faux stocks that were used for the meager offenses in society.

It's a great fun idea and an affordable simple makeover.

How to create this look?

Look for barn doors and historic images for inspiration on how to use the hardware to great effect. You can just use the nails and ditch the brackets or go all in for that medieval vibe.

Dark colors work best for this type of door furniture and even a burnt look can be achieved by applying brown paint and then wiping it with a cloth to create the look.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 4.

Buy some cool-looking door nails online and create the design that is period correct or create your own design.

Straight lines look best so mark your door with a pencil with starting lines and equal distance intervals for the nails. You will need a light hammer.

7. Seasonal wreaths

We are all familiar with Christmas wreaths to adorn the doors of our homes and they bring a feeling of festivity and nostalgia during the season of goodwill to all men and women.

But the truth is you can use seasonal wreaths to brighten your bedroom doors, the wreaths are simple and represent the changing seasons or special events in your life such as birthdays and anniversaries

They are great fun to create. You just need the base structure and you can be creative, like the easter wreath in the image with spring flowers and a bird's nest with eggs (use chocolate eggs).

But with imagination, you can wrap the wreath with fabrics and even show home support for your favorite sports team. Or you can jazz up the wreath with string lights and make your own creations.

The possibilities are endless as are the hours of fun you can have.

How to create this look?

It's a personal choice and an expression of your own thoughts and design styles, being creative means you can literally make anything that has some meaning to you, the cool thing is, you can't really mess it up.

Use colorful ribbons and lots of seasonal ideas for twigs and brown leaves in autumn to the excitement of graduation day with a collage of photos stuck into the wreath.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 2.

Practice and use your imagination, take inspiration from nature or whatever interests you from flowers to Nascar.

8. Who doesn't need a chalkboard?

Whatever you are or style you all need a chalkboard in your home, from kids to teens to mum and dads making lists and leaving messages of a personal nature the chalkboard is invaluable.

Is there a better place to create a chalkboard than a bedroom door? You can remind your kids they need their sports kit so there are no excuses, it's in their face when they leave the bedroom.

Or tell your wife how much you love her and you will be late home after the driving range, see, it's a valuable asset to your home and may save some confrontations!

Leave a message for your husband as he has a lazy Sunday, going shopping with your credit card! Oh, revenge can be sweet!

The beauty of a chalkboard on a door means you can leave relevant messages and use it in place of a post-it note board that is always looking pretty horrible and authoritarian by its nature.

How to create this look?

Falt the center panel of your bedroom door or make a border with masking tape and then paint with chalkboard paint, to create the desired effect.

You could make an additional chalk box or chalk shelf so you always have your chalk at hand.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 2.

It's an easy one and even the kids could do this job, keep it simple and use a designated frame that has been outlined with masking tape so you have clear lines.

9. Don't use a photo album

Have you ever thought what a complete waste of time photo albums are? You look at the photos once in a blue moon when you are feeling melancholy and then push them back in a drawer for another few years.

Use them to create the perfect fun door for your bedroom, you can use the snaps from holidays over the years or even a set of funny photos for old friends who you should call more often.

Stick them onto a dark background, use a glue stick and create a formal wall of photos, if you are not so organized then create a photo collage, it will look exceptionally cool and will make your bedroom door pop. Don't be shy, use both sides of the door to express your personality and show off your favorite images.

How to create this look?

If you are going to have borders to the door then make sure the borders are dark to make your photos stand out.

For the formal photo door, you may think that making a framework is a good idea. You can use low adhesive masking tape to secure your photos and make a cool photo door.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 4.

The formal photo door is going to take patience to complete and you may have a couple of hours of work ahead of you to get it perfect. A collage door is more random and very easy to achieve and gives a very cool vibe to your bedroom.

10. Retro vibes

If you love the retro vibe then you can find these kinds of stickers online, you can select rock and roll to more retro obscure stickers that you may have found in the sixties.

Expressing your personality can be a challenge and some people will never get your dress sense and so what it's you, who do you need to please? But how do you translate that vibe to your bedroom?

There are so many cool stickers online at well-known retailers that are affordable that will help you get your personality out for all to see, well, all that comes to your bedroom but there is comfort in surrounding yourself with what you like.

Taking a crappy bedroom door and making it personal with stickers is an awesome idea and best of all it's pocket friendly.

How to create this look?

It seems as if stickers work best on a dark door background so you may want to paint the door a dark tone before you start. Get your stickers and go wild, from obscure guitars to get your vibe out there.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 1.

Get online, buy the sticker/decal pack that you like and get going, it couldn't be easier if your stickers are vibrant and use a dark paint time for the background color.

11. When privacy is needed

If you are looking for privacy or a cool look you can achieve this by draping a cool-looking bed fabric over a  clear glass bedroom door, Is it private? Not 100% but it may be private enough if the kids are downstairs watching TV.

It's not always about painting and changing doors to achieve the look you want, go for bohemian style and use drapes effectively over the door. Even with an attractive glass panel door it will change the appearance of your bedroom and make it more sensual.

Drapes have long been used to cover ugly doors and to keep the draft out of the bedroom on cold nights.

How to create this look?

It's best to use a drape that matches the decor of the bedroom, in this bedroom neutral colors are dominant so use a neutral drape.

For privacy, you may consider using a fitted drape or making the door glass translucent.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 2.

It takes very little thought to create the privacy element and if the drape is for design then it works well and requires no special skills to achieve the look.

12. Mirror, mirror on the door

It's a logical choice and why more bedroom mirrors are not attached to the back of the bedroom door leaves you wondering about the qualifications of interior designers.

Most bedrooms need a full-size mirror, but where do you put the thing? Against the wall and take a valuable wall and cabinet space.

Bedroom doors always have sufficient hinges to carry the weight of a full-length mirror and frame, so why not try it out.

Think it's difficult to fix a mirror to a bedroom door? Think again. There is a range of bedroom door mirrors that you can simply hook over the door, and the job is complete within seconds.

How to create this look?

The concept is logical and mirrors are easy to attach to a door, and you can choose a mirror with a contrasting frame to your decor, the mirrors are available online.

If you need a quick fix, try the hanging over door mirror for instant results.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest level to achieve this bedroom is a 5.

Check your door is robust enough to secure a mirror, if it is decided to use screws as fixings or to use a strong adhesive, the latter will be a more permanent solution leaving you to replace the bedroom door if you decide to change the bedroom look in the future.

The hanging mirror is a good idea but the brackets are exposed.

Should you make your bedroom door look cool?

If your bedroom door is hideously ugly and offensive, then a makeover is a quick and easy way to make your bedroom door look cool and keep its function.

You now have some inspiring ideas to help with your decision.