Color is one of the most important elements of our visual perception, in fact, a whole area of study, called Color Theory, aims to understand the potential of color and its impact on us. Colors give us a lot of important information regarding our surroundings and other people and things, the observation of which is particularly relevant to artists and designers. There are general meanings that certain colors have the world over – for example red traffic lights meaning ‘stop’, while green indicates it is safe to proceed – but colors can also gain unique significance due to culture-specific symbolism or personal emotional experience. While the meaning of colors may change over time and according to individuals and location, one thing is for certain, they will always be a hugely central element of our lives and nowhere is this more apparent or important than in interior design.
Before we get too carried away thinking about all the amazing effects that color can produce in the home or work space, it may be best to focus on just one common element of the modern interior, and explore how color can be introduced with bifold doors.
Why bifold doors? Because today they are one of the most popular and functional doors that are found in work places and residential buildings everywhere bifold doors. It’s more than likely that there are several in your home already, so why not consider turning them into a delightfully colorful, as well as functional, asset.
The color options available in bifold doors depends on the type of folding door you buy, and, as with any decorative decision, you will need to be certain that you are picking the best style and matching color to enhance the atmosphere of the room in a positive way. Bifold doors are available in wooden, uPVC and aluminium panels that each have their own color ranges available.
Bifold doors made of uPVC have one of the more limited ranges of color, because the material itself contains the color and this cannot be changed after the door is formed. If you are interested in becoming adventurous with color, then uPVC is not ideal. That said, uPVC bifold doors do generally offer a good selection of white, off-white and faux wood tones, with the added bonus that they are easily maintained and will not require re-painting.
A warm ambience is always easily achieved with wooden interior detailing and wooden bifold doors are no exception. As with any wood product, an exceptional selection of colors is available in wooden bifolds because, unlike uPVC, colors are applied to the material once the door has been built. As well as being an ideal surface for the application of paint, wood has a classical and elegant appearance when lightly stained to add faint color while maintaining the texture of natural wood grain. It is even possible to change the color of wooden doors after they have been installed to reflect a new choice of décor because wooden frames can be sanded back to be re-painted or re-stained.
Aluminium bifold doors similarly offer a huge range of opportunities when it comes to experimenting with color. While a raw metallic look can be striking for modern interiors, aluminium bifold doors can also be coated with a variety of contemporary powder-coated color bases to create a vibrant surface that is contemporary and stylish while remaining completely functional. These smooth, factory sprayed color surfaces are very longer lasting, low maintenance and effervescent.
Finally, bifold doors are a perfect place to start introducing color into your home because they can be installed in a clad style that provides two different surfaces to work with. Clad bifold doors are aluminium on one side (normally the side that faces outdoors), and feature wood on the interior, meaning that the door can be two different colors, with an interior that can easily be modified to reflect future changes in color of surrounding interior design. The bifolding door has become a very popular choice over the past 10 years. The traditional patio door or conservatory door has always been a single pane system, or alternatively a French door. A french door has 2 openers which open to either side in order to create a fully open aperture. The bifolding door takes this one step further by offering a fully retractable system which can be manufactured up to 10 metres wide. This has in turn, has led to the number of companies who sell them rise exponentially. Although this can be seen as a good thing this also has its bad points. With so much competition in the bifolding door market how is someone supposed to know which is the best company? Often this question can be answered by your preference to the specific question. Do you prefer a standard handle or thumb turn, do you want the thinnest frames possible or the longest manufacturers warranty? There are no correct answers to these questions, it is normally best to phone around several companies and get good feel for the service they offer.