victorian doors

A look at: Four panel doors from the 19th century

The look at: series examines Victorian Doors. These four panel doors were made during the reign of Queen Victoria in the years 1837 – 1901.

Reclaimed Four Panel Doors

The Victorian era was one of the most progressive eras in history. When it came to societal change, the rise of the middle classes and new technologies, the Victorians pioneered. These were a people who appreciated the finer things in life, and wanted their homes to be similarly fine. During this time new styles and old came into fashion, including the resurgence of Gothic architecture and design.

Grandeur was the theme of the 19th century, and the Victorians knew how to do it better than most. High ceilings and large reception rooms were the hallmarks of a Victorian home, and to match the grand rooms, they needed equally grand doors.

Four panel doors were the most commonly found doors of the period. These designs were used throughout the Victorian era, and were consistently used in all manner of dwellings, be it the small terraced house of a factory worker, or the grand manse of the landed gentry. Read about poverty in Victorian slums in this blog by Victorian Web.

Reclaimed Four Panel Front Doors

Reclaimed Victorian front doors can be the wow factor of any home. The example below shows how a brightly painted door can make your home stand out from the crowd, increasing its charm and even its value.

Changing front door

For those prefer to have a more subtle front door, the Victorians also used neutral colours such as dark blues and greys, to give a look with more gravitas and maturity. Look at this example of a Victorian front door on a townhouse for inspiration. This half glazed door not only looks fantastic, but will let light into your hallway as well.

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For internal doors, the Victorians used both waxed and painted doors depending on what style they preferred. Some prefer to leave the natural wood unpainted, giving a rustic feel to the home, like in the picture below.

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Others prefer to have a level of sophistication offered by painting their internal Victorian doors. We recommend a neutral tone, such as cream or grey if you are going to do this. If you are looking for a Victorian door, you should match it with Victorian door knobs. We recommend Bloxwich brass. Read our door knobs buying guide here.

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If you enjoyed this why not read our blog on life in a Victorian Townhouse here.