Behind closed doors

I’m a real sucker for architectural salvage (I can spend hours on eBay scrolling through brass taps, Bakelite light switches, chipped marble fireplaces and rusted metal grilles) and love seeing innovative ways of turning functional cast-offs into decorative objects. I think that’s why the recent trend for using doors as wall art, headboards and cladding appeals.

{Amy Gilbert via Rue}

Isn’t this headboard lovely? Personally though, I’d choose a divan bed so the doors formed the headboard itself.

{via La Vie Des Anges}

Maybe using doors as wall cladding is more suitable for a cool hotel or restaurant than a home but I can see it working in a dining room maybe. Perhaps with a dark, gloomy grey on the other walls and a sparkling crystal chandelier? Yum!


Ah ha! Did someone say chandelier? I’ve had this lovely bedroom on my Pinterest board for a while and have only just noticed that it has those tin ceiling tiles I’ve been lusting after…

{via Design*Sponge}

I reckon that if you’re not lucky enough to have nice wooden floorboards this could be another way to add some warmth to your home. Or what about a patterned glass window or a peeling painted shutter instead?

Have you come up with any unusual or clever ways to add interest to your walls?

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  1. Heidi says

    Gorgeous! I’m looking for old, small cupboard doors (wooden, of course) to paint and nail different hooks onto to display all my jewellery. It’s so hard to find this kind of thing when you’re looking though – it’s more a ‘grab it when you see it’ type feature!

    • says

      I know the feeling – there are some things I could SWEAR I’ve seen at every single car boot sale / antique fair I’ve ever attended… until the moment I actually want to buy one and then they all magically seem to disappear! Good luck with your search!

  2. says

    I agree with you on the headboard! I love old doors. The only thing I have done to add interest to my walls is a massive chalk board and a vintage garland, but as soon as I own my own house I am putting holes in the wall and hanging up everything I want!

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