Who says your wardrobe doors have to be stock standard? When it comes to wardrobe door ideas, go beyond basic. Show off your personal style with chic closet doors that make a real style statement. You don’t even need to pull out your whole cupboards. Just swap your doors to give your space a major revamp.
Your wardrobe doors have specific functions to fulfil. They are intended to conceal things you don’t want out on display and reduce visual clutter, but also to protect your belongings from dust and sunlight. Ideally, they will be lightweight, easy to open and close and enable ventilation to prevent mustiness. Since they will be significantly visible when you enter the room, you will want them to suit your chosen décor style and complement your existing decorative elements.
Ticking all the above boxes are these on-trend wardrobe door ideas for you to consider, featuring beautiful textures, colours and details. Let’s dive in!
1. Let things breathe with lattice
Latticed wooden wardrobe doors are brilliant for allowing ventilation so your belongings won’t get musty or mouldy, while also adding texture and charm to a space. Latticed timber doors particularly suit coastal or Boho style bedrooms. Scour the marketplaces for vintage timber doors with lattice inserts! For any timber wardrobe doors, but especially if they are vintage, you might need to carry out wood repairs to have them looking their best.
2. Coastal Boho
When it comes to materials, consider something a bit unconventional. For example, beautifully lacquered timber with raffia panel inserts. Raffia is a very soft fibre so you might think it’s unsuitable for furniture. But raffia actually contains a natural resin that makes it very durable. Using vegetal fibres is a fresh organic look that would very much suit a coastal Boho or Hamptons style décor. Pale timber also looks the goods when paired with raffia.
3. Switch up the handles
Do you have a generic flat-pack wardrobe that, while functional, lacks any design flair? Give it an easy update by changing up the knobs. Something as simple as changing your wardrobe door knobs can be an inexpensive refresh when it comes to styling up your bedroom. When it comes to wardrobe door ideas, new handles are such an easy way to get a quick update. Rather than swap out your closet doors, give them a refresh with paint. And find some gorgeous knobs you won’t mind putting your hands on multiple times a day. You might try:
- Artisanal wood turned handles
- Oversized, sculptural timber knobs
- Handle-less ‘finger pulls’
- Modernising an old wardrobe with amazing modern pulls, knobs and handles
- A range of differently sized button style door handles
- A random placement of knobs at different levels (these can perform double-duty as hooks) or
- Multidirectional handles for those who love something quirky.
4. Love that louvre
As mentioned, wardrobe doors that have holes or gaps of some kind for airflow and circulation are always a great choice. Louvre doors or plantation shutters are ideal in that the timber slats enable ventilation while looking chic and providing a nice dose of linear pattern. White ones look gorgeous juxtaposed with darker walls. For a coastal luxe vibe, add oversize brass pulls.
5. Paint your louvre doors
There’s something resort-like about timber louvre doors so they really suit a coastal aesthetic. For a contemporary update, rejuvenate a set of louvre wardrobe doors with a coat of matte mossy green, like the wardrobe above. Cabinetry in a muted green stain is so calming. It looks stunning mixed with natural materials like marble and wood. Set against pale timber floorboards and you have a tranquil and stylish space.
When painting or staining, it’s a good idea to always seek out a professional near you.
6. Try sculptural detail
Make your closet door stand out from the rest with a whimsical and unique door opening like this one with its curved painted cut-out segment for a handle. I like the clever placement of the bird sculpture to echo the curves in the cut-out.
7. Add mystery with frosted glass
For a contemporary look, give your wardrobe a makeover with new, frosted glass or reeded glass sliding doors. Rather than stare at a flat, plain wall of white, the use of blurry frosted glass creates visual intrigue and adds dynamism to the space.
8. Showcase a timber grain
For those who love timber, make a statement with beautiful wooden bedroom furniture including the wardrobe. Something with an amazing grain is perfect.
9. Bring in a gorgeous colour
If you like your existing wardrobe doors but they’re looking boring, don’t underestimate the power of a quick paint job and maybe some brand new, hand-picked knobs or pulls. A soft dove grey or fawn is a lovely neutral for closet doors.
10. Go for classic white
Love the “modern Australian” look? It’s a clean and minimalist, bright and breezy coastal look that could fall into the Scandi category too, with a neutral palette, clean lines and lots of lovely timber. Simple white wardrobes are a neverfail option but add in tiny black knobs to break up the expanse of white. Curtains will similarly soften a bank of white robes- if you need more ideas for bedroom curtains, you might also like to view our blog on bedroom curtain ideas.
11. Channel the Art Deco spirit
Paint your wardrobe doors a pastel like fairy floss pink or baby blue, and add brass accents to mature the palette. It will give your bedroom strong Art Doco overtones, especially if you also go for the style’s generously curved bedroom furniture. (You might also like to read how to design an Art Deco bedroom.)
12. Go for an androgynous grey
Wardrobe doors painted matte mid-grey can be ideal if you’re after a more androgynous look. A wardrobe with neat, streamlined grey outer panels and the inside painted in a deeper smoke grey is a nice minimalist, contemporary look.
13. Add linear interest
Even if you go for plain white wardrobe doors, add interest by choosing vertical boards or shiplap. It’s ideal if you love the clean and fresh modern farmhouse style. Find more modern farmhouse bedrooms here.
Or add linear interest while improving air circulation at the same time, with a ribbed timber panel, like this plywood and laminate wardrobe:
14. Wallpaper your doors
Why not apply silk-screen look wallpaper to a dated wardrobe to add colour and pattern? This is ideal for renters on their own furniture. It’s a great way of injecting a big dose of a saturated colour into a bedroom. And it’s a chance to really express your personality. Love an eclectic and vibrant décor? You might also like Moroccan style bedrooms.
15. Paint the interiors
Add interest to a neutral or all-white colour scheme by painting your wardrobe interiors, such as in a happy yellow. That way you can indulge a love of vivid colour without overpowering your space or committing to a bold colour scheme. (For more ways to bring a pop of yellow into your bedroom, see also our yellow bedroom ideas.)
16. Give it resort feels
Go for tropical luxe, with a stunning bedroom full of white + wood + natural fibres. Pair rustic ceiling beams with a wardrobe featuring organic fibre door panels. Together with cool white walls and linen, it makes for a blissfully serene bedroom aesthetic.
17. Colour it coastal
For an inviting dressing room that’s clean, fresh and simple, with all the holiday home feel about it, go for timber wardrobe doors that are perforated as this is both practical and pleasingly patterned. Paint your white wardrobe with Hampton’s sky blue in the interior for an unexpected dash of coastal colour.
18. Make it masculine
For an understated, masculine look, a greyscale aesthetic is a classic option. Try a wall of built-ins in a harmonious mid-grey with edgy black steel French doors, pale grey carpet and a white ceiling. Tres cool. And of course, black is a go-to.
19. Reflect on things
French doors are another great choice for your closet, and you can add functionality with mirrors. Mirrors also do their trick of increasing light and creating the illusion of a larger space. Mirrored wardrobe doors can look a little clichéd but you can personalise a boring door with a mirror in a way that’s chic and contemporary, for example with a grid instead of a solid pane. Or, contrast the shininess with matte or rough textures.
20. Be stoked about bespoke
Finally, for wardrobes and wardrobe door ideas that aren’t run-of-the-mill, you can always canvas your visions with an expert cabinetmaker who can bring something completely unique to life. For bespoke joinery, find an expert in your area who specialises in custom-made furniture.
And that’s a wrap on 20 fresh wardrobe door ideas. Keen on an update of your closet doors? Find a tradesman who can sort out all your built-in wardrobe needs. Or, if your existing wardrobe is fine but is looking worse for wear, you can easily find someone to handle any repairs needed. And if you’re shopping for a brand new wardrobe, find someone to look after the delivery for you.