Traditional Door Designs

Traditional Door Designs

Posted by Amanda On 22nd Feb 2024

Traditional Door Designs

Have you ever marveled at the beauty of a traditional door design? You know the kind - with intricate woodwork details, arched transoms, and stylized glass panels that make a statement. Doors definitely aren't just functional slabs to get you from one room to another. When you walk up to a home with stunning traditional doors, they give you a peek into the history and soul of the place. Once you have started your door journey, learn about our different door design including the traditional door styles. 

Get ready to explore some drool-worthy vintage-inspired door styles to spark your imagination. From Gothic arches to bold colors and natural materials, we've rounded up creative ways to add old-world charm and whimsy to your entryways. Read on to discover beautiful doors that will have your guests doing a double take.

The Beauty of Traditional Door Designs

Traditional Doors Designs From Swinging Cafe Doors

Traditional door designs add character and charm to any home. Their classic styles have stood the test of time, evoking a sense of warmth, comfort and nostalgia.

When choosing a traditional door design, you have many attractive options. Shaker Panel doors, also known as flat doors or shaker style doors, feature simple flat panel that are great for minimalist farmhouse decor and privacy. 

Raised Paneled doors, constructed of solid wood raised panels set within a frame, provide a timeless look with their simple yet elegant design. The panels can feature raised or recessed profiles for added depth and shadow. Dutch doors, split horizontally so the top and bottom halves can open independently, recall a quaint cottage feel. They're perfect for letting in fresh air while keeping pets or small children safely inside.

Batten doors, made of vertical wooden planks held together by horizontal battens, have a rustic barn door style. They slide or swing open to reveal a dramatic focal point. Strap hinge doors, with visible strap hinges on one side, also have a rustic farmhouse vibe and open in an eye-catching manner.

Top Traditional Door Styles Offered at Swinging Cafe Doors

When choosing a traditional door for your home or business, Swinging Cafe Doors offers some classic styles that never go out of fashion. These timeless doors provide attractive and functional options for both interior and exterior doorways.

Traditional Door Design

That's why we offer a variety of traditional door styles that can be customized to your specific needs. Our experienced craftsmen use only high-quality materials and pay close attention to detail to ensure that your doors not only look beautiful but also function smoothly.

Some popular options for customization include the type of wood, door opening width, and door height as well as the finish, such as natural, stained, or painted. You can also choose from different hardware options and add decorative touches like carvings or etched glass.

Interior Traditional Door Styles

Louvered Doors

Louvered doors, also known as plantation doors, feature a series of slanted slats or blades within a frame. They allow for air flow and light to pass through while still providing privacy. Louvered doors are a perfect choice for entrances to patios, sunrooms or areas where ventilation is desired. Swinging Cafe Doors offers louvered doors made of durable wood like mahogany, oak and pine that can be stained or painted to match your decor.

Paneled Doors

For an elegant look, paneled doors with recessed sections and a solid wood frame can't be beat. The panels can feature raised or recessed detailing for added visual interest. Paneled doors provide a stately entrance to living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms or offices. Swinging Cafe Doors offers single panel doors up to 1-1/8" thick in stock doors for common door opening sizes of 24", 30", 32", and 36". 

Customizing Your Traditional Door for a Unique Statement

When choosing a traditional door design, you have the opportunity to make it uniquely your own through customization. Here are a few ways to personalize a standard door for a signature statement.

Stain or Paint

Applying a custom stain or paint color is an easy way to make a traditional door your own. You can match an existing color scheme or choose a complementary shade. For stain, consider a darker walnut or lighter oak to enhance the wood grain. For paint, the options are endless bold red, bright blue, forest green or sunny yellow. Distressing the finish will give it an antiqued look.


Updating the hardware is one of the simplest customizations with a big impact. Replace standard brass doorknobs with hammered black iron pulls or copper grape clusters for a rustic feel. Ornate handles with a backplate add elegance. For a minimal look, concealed hinges and a magnetic catch create a sleek profile.


Wrought iron straps, decorative carvings or moldings, and kick plates are all accents that enhance a traditional door. Black iron straps reinforce a rustic barn door. Intricate wood details like arches, spandrels or tracery give it a craftsman feel. A copper or pewter kickplate not only protects the bottom of the door but adds visual interest.

Customizing a standard door to reflect your personal style is rewarding. Whether you distress the finish, upgrade the hardware or add etched glass panels, putting your own stamp on a traditional door makes a memorable first impression. Your home's entryway is worth the investment in time to get the details just right. With so many options to choose from, you can create a look that is uniquely you. 

Learn our Traditional, Tailored or Luxe Door Design here on our Buying Guide

FAQs About Traditional Doors: Your Top Questions Answered

When it comes to traditional doors, you probably have a few questions. Here we answer some of the most common FAQs to help you in your search for the perfect door.

What types of traditional doors are there?

● Simple Panel doors: Simple design with horizontal panels. Popular and versatile.

● Louvered doors: Distinctive design with angled slats. Allows for air flow and light.

What materials are traditional doors made of?

● Traditional doors are commonly made of wood that Requires maintenance like staining or painting.

How do I choose a traditional door?

Consider the style of your home, how much natural light you want, insulation and durability needs, and your budget. Then think about:

● Material: Wood 

● Panel or louvered design for wood doors

● Custom or ready to order door

● Stain, paint or natural wood finish

With some thought about how you'll use the space, you can find a high-quality traditional door to match your needs and style. Let us know if you have any other questions!

Sizes of Traditional Doors Available at

We carry a range of sizes to accommodate different needs:

● 24", 30", 32", and 36" door openging sizes. 

Whether you need a basic door or a grand entryway statement piece, we have options that will suit your space and style. Visit our showroom to see the full collection and speak with one of our door experts who can help guide you towards the perfect traditional door.