Out of all the possible choices of door styles, colonial doors are the most popular by a long shot.
Common in many homes here in the USA, we have the standard six panel colonial door. These have six panels that adorn the doors exterior that give it an old world feel and look. Though it is called colonial and emits thoughts of revolutionary period items, this type of door is widely considered to be a contemporary design.
This type of door is also available in a wide variety of different styles such as French colonial, Dutch colonial and First Period colonial just to name a few. Each has its own origins and bears the mark of the culture from which it is derived. Depending on the look and feel you are going for in the room, you can basically opt for any one of them. For that reason, it is suggested that you go and physically look at them in person before buying.
Colonial doors can be purchased in several sizes, types and finishes to suit the home it is intended for. Be sure to measure the door way and get the right size or you will have problems. More aptly and simply stated, it wont fit. The best way to get the correct size is to actually measure the present door that is there. All you need is the height; the width and thickness is standard across the industry.
When it comes to the types of doors, select from double swinging doors or standard single door. You dont really need to worry about sliding doors or folding doors; the design wont matter there because it wont be seen when the door is closed. These interior doors are meant to be seen when closed, so the decorative design is important to the motif of the room or home interior.
These interior doors can be purchased finished or unfinished, giving you full autonomy over final colorization. The finished varieties can be found to match just about any stain or grain finish you may be working with. If not, then buy the door unfinished and stain it to match the other wood work exactly. It is suggested that this is done well in advance of installation to give the stain a chance to fully dry.
Colonial interior doors can also be painted, if you so desire. Just give it a coat of primer, then paint accordingly. Again, do this in advance of the installation so the paint can completely dry. Never try to apply paint directly to the wood. Even hollow core or solid core colonial doors have a wood veneer that is porous enough to absorb that paint and leave you with a poor looking paint job.
Colonial doors can be found locally at lumber yards, larger hardware stores and home improvement centers. These can be of the hollow core, solid core or solid wood type. Of course, cost is the difference here with hollow core being the least expensive and solid wood doors at the higher end of the spectrum.
Whatever type, style or finish you decide on, you can be certain that these doors will lend a homey, sort of rustic feel to the home and the room. They are beautiful as well as very universal in use and application.