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Classic Style Staple: Three-Panel Doors

by Rachel Grace, Houzz | Jun 30, 2017

From Arts and Crafts homes to contemporary ones, three-panel interior doors add architectural intrigue to doorways with their clean, timeless design. Their streamlined, classic lines add a welcome element of architectural detailing. With three equal-size panels, the design can be sleek and modern or reminiscent of its Victorian roots. You'll notice there are two variations of the door style: a more formal door with five raised panels and a newer, simpler flat-panel design. Both are guaranteed to refresh any doorjamb in your home

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Three Panel Door 1: Structures Building Company, original photo on Houzz

Painted, raised panels float within the frame of this three-panel door rather than being glued. This approach allows for expansion and contraction of the three panels.


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Three Panel Door 2: Kitchens & Baths Linda Burkhardt, original photo on Houzz

The classic three-panel horizontal door looks beautiful in pocket form.

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Three Panel Door 3: Benchland Homes & Design, original photo on Houzz

Two single three-panel swing doors are hung together in the same jamb here; they open in the middle.

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Three Panel Door 4: Busby Cabinets, original photo on Houzz

Three-panel doors blend very well with other rich architectural details. In this bathroom a three-panel door complements a tall baseboard and crown molding.


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Three Panel Door 5: Avonlea Homes, original photo on Houzz

Not to be taken too seriously, a three-paneler can work wonderfully in robin's egg blue.


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Three Panel Door 6: Kristi Spouse Interiors, original photo on Houzz

Flat three-panel doors are often used in Arts and Crafts homes. Combined with a Craftsman header, these doors are architectural gems.


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