the most beautiful doors in the world



OK, perhaps it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you have to agree that these front doors are in a league of their own.  They all fall under the category of beautifully unusual.






For some, it’s the delightful carvings that make them stand out.  For others it’s their rich color, awesome scale or intricate mechanism.  But all of them have something in common regardless of their country of origin or date of craft.





Their owners, possibly coached by their architects or interior designers, had the interest and foresight to realize that a great space has to be entered through a remarkable door.  Over and over, I read that interior designers note the foyer as the first thing guests see when they’re invited into your home and the room that needs to showcase your taste.  That’s categorically wrong.



The first thing guests see before they even see your foyer, is the front door, and if you think it doesn’t matter to have a vanilla door, then perhaps by looking at these 8 front doors, I can help change your mind.  It DOES matter 🙂

richard rabel
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city

image credits (top to bottom):  screen door, Matharoo Associates, India; unknown, Georgian door, Dublin; unknown, green door, Marrakesh; IPBrian, Art Nouveau door, Paris; unknown, carved door, Mexic;  Michael Rymer, geometric door, Istanbul; Art Gray, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir architects, oversized door, Venice, California.