Custom Iron Door Designs for Every Taste

At the start of any door design lies inspiration. All of our front door styles are fully customizable and available in singles and doubles, and can be personalized with added elements like sidelights, transoms, and textured glass windows. At Clark Hall, your sketch is our command. Take a look at various modern popular front doors, as well as traditional and ornate to spark your imagination. 

Popular Modern Front Door Styles

1. Arched Modern

This unique arched shape gives this entrance a luxe, modern look. And the exclusive Charcoal finish is a popular front door color that compliments gray and white exteriors. This is a great example that single panel entry doors can be large and expansive while still remaining charming and welcoming.

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2. Unique Pivot

This door says, “Go big and come home.” This custom made 50/50 split pivot door reveals scenery from both sides of the entryway. The wide nature of the door allows light to effortlessly fill the space, which is accentuated by custom sidelights. 

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3. Contemporary Sidelights

Adding sidelights to your entryway increases the amount of natural light being brought into the foyer, which can add warmth and beauty, creating a sense of openness — not to mention decreasing your dependence on electrical lighting in that area. This modern sidelight is complemented by a crisp, white exterior entryway and some greenery for added color.

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4. Mid-Century Inspired

The experts in modern front door styles will note the difference between contemporary vs. modern, but this mid-century modern inspired home brings popular front door color aesthetics to life — we just love the neutral tones. Choosing a Bronze or Cinnamon finish would be a great way to accentuate the popular front door colors of the mid-century modern style.

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5. Pointed Silhouette

This modern front door style is especially eclectic and eye-catching — a great example that it’s possible to pair a vibrant foyer with a sleek modern door. This client was able to work with our design team to dream up the beautiful pointed silhouette which also subtly functions to draw attention to the whimsical chandelier.

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Popular Ornate Front Door Styles

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6. Styled Glass

This traditional iron door achieves an elegant look without sacrificing privacy with its pairing of a Seedy Baroque glass with a traditional iron door. Another glass style that might go well with this traditional door is Cotswold, but it’s all up to your vision. You can add any of our 12 exclusive glasses to customize any iron door.

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7. Traditional Transoms

Let light flow into your home with custom transoms. Transoms first appeared in 14th century Europe, but are making a comeback in many front door styles. They can also add a unique architectural element, giving your curb appeal a timeless feel.

8. Expansive Sidelights

Sidelights provide so many styling opportunities that we just have to mention them again. This traditional iron door features custom sidelights that perfectly complement the exterior’s red brick, evoking the classic look of an all-American home. Adding sidelights can also upgrade your curb appeal by adding visual width without needing to knock down any walls.

9. Parisian Flair

The inspiration for the Stately Summerford Home came from the tall front door styles that line the streets of Paris, resulting in a chic European style that is simply timeless. Everything from the extravagant double door to the grand pull knobs makes a grand first impression.

10. Classic Craftsman

Although craftsman doors are typically made of wood, this iron door takes inspiration from the craftsman style of curved glass and surrounding light trim. Pairing the light toned brick with a dark Charcoal finish creates a classic charm without being too heavy.

 

11. Elegant Scrollwork

The hallmark of ornate iron doors are absolutely their intricate scrollwork and bold silhouettes. The large swoops and swirls in this design create a sense of sophisticated playfulness. Whatever your custom ironwork dreams, no design concept is too complicated.

 
 

12. Arched Ornate

This breathtaking ornate iron door speaks for itself. The unique white washed brick contrasts the Charcoal finish, making the entryway an experience to enjoy. Adding arches can bring a classic appeal that’s reminiscent of Gothic or Roman architecture that is sure to impress.

 
 
 

13. Intricate Transoms

By now, you can see how many of these styles can be combined. For example, this ornate door has a beautiful arch and a Flemish glass style. Important to note for this door is the choice to include a transom, which complements the surrounding windows of the house very well. Natural lighting and added privacy are just a few of the benefits of transoms.

 
 
 
 
 

14. Double Doors

One of our most unique doors created wouldn’t be the same without its double door design. Iron double doors can provide more benefits than simply extending the width of your entryway. Double doors can elevate your exterior architecture and allow more light inside your foyer — and in this case, make some pretty unique shadows!

 
 
 
 
 

15. Natural Vines

Want to bring a touch of nature to your front door? Consider the intricate and detailed lines of the tree designed for this ornate door. Paired with popular front door colors like Bronze or Burnt Copper, this door’s curb appeal is certainly unique.

 
 
 
 
 

16. Patio Doors

French doors and scenic windowscapes are just the beginning when it comes to patio design. Like all Clark Hall doors, each custom patio door can meet some of the strictest hurricane wind ratings and Florida building codes. Enhance any room or outdoor space with an iron patio door

 
 
 
 
 

17. Wine Cellar Doors

Lastly, we just have to brag on our design team for their innovative genius in designing wine cellar doors — an impressive home statement and functional storage option. Hosting can be even more fun with a custom made, stunning space to house your wine collection.

 
 
 
 
 

 Feeling inspired by these popular front doors? Grab a sketch book and browse our design options to get an idea of finish and color, glass texture, and more. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, and read more about customizing the design styles we mentioned on our blog.   

Frequently Asked Questions About Popular Front Door Styles

 

How do I choose a front door style?

A good place to start is choosing how you want to complement your home’s architecture. At Clark Hall, we have three main styles: modern, traditional, and ornate. Take for instance, if your house has a mid-century modern influence, a modern door would be a good option. On the other hand, an ornate door would pair well with an older, more vintage home.

Should the front door be lighter or darker than the house?

 The color of your door is up to you. There’s a wide range of options when considering popular front door colors and whether you want your door to contrast or complement your home’s exterior. However, for more guidance, we have six exclusive finishes that we have suggested pairings for. For example, our darkest finish, Burnt Copper, complements exteriors with dark or black accents.

What’s the best quality front door?

 Iron and steel doors are the highest quality front doors that you can invest in. Today, most homes feature either wood or fiberglass doors. Less commonly, but certainly more attractive, other homeowners choose an iron door for an elevated, customizable entrance that can withstand the test of time while adding serious value. Read more about the quality and benefits of iron doors vs. wood doors when you visit our blog. 

6 Ways to Design Custom Doors

1. Custom Door Handles & Knobs

Custom door “knobs” and “handles” are usually used interchangeably, but in the world of door design, they are quite different. Handles tend to be more rectangular and can provide more flexibility to open a door, whereas door knobs usually have a circular head. There are many types of custom door handles and knobs including keyed entry, simple passage, and privacy door knobs. 

All of Clark Hall’s lever hardware can be customized with different finishes that complement or contrast your door color. For example, if your custom iron door has a Burnt Copper finish, you could consider adding a Charcoal door handle for contrast.

 

Hilary Farr's custom Longleaf door hardware.
Design custom door transom entry with father and son

2. Bespoke Transoms

Transoms are transverse horizontal structures that separate a door from a window. There are several functional and aesthetic reasons to consider adding a custom transom when designing a door. Since they accompany your door as an extra window, they are excellent for increasing the natural light that can flows into your interior space. For even more light, see our next point: sidelights. 

Whether your door is modern, ornate, or traditional, adding a transom can give your front door distinctive character as transoms trace their origins back to 14th century Europe. Lastly, with a transom, you have an added level of privacy—you can see out, but others will have trouble seeing in.

3. Expansive Sidelights

Sidelights are vertical pieces of glass on the sides of an entry door that create the illusion of added width, and function as accent windows. Like transoms, sidelights add more natural light. Regarding privacy, sidelights will expand the amount of glass you have in your front entry, but you can opt for a textured glass to obscure the view inside your home. 

To find a sidelight design that is right for your home, we recommend taking a step back and assessing your roof line to determine what type of silhouette would accent the shape of your entryway. Taking inventory of your measurements will help you decide whether to add one sidelight, or two slim ones. 

 

Design custom door with expansive sidelights
Design custom doors with textured glass

4. Textured Glass Windows

Another way to personalize a custom design door is through textured glass. Clear glass allows for maximum visibility and light, while decorative glass like Flemish, Aquatex, Rain, or Seedy Baroque provide different levels of privacy. If you want to design with a specific era in mind, one example is our Horizontal or Vertical Reeded glass, which is reminiscent of the Art Deco style. Timeless and versatile, it can add a sense of luxury to any space. 

All Clark Hall doors come with double insulated and tempered glass, which can cut down energy costs in the long run. They can also be customized with impact-rated glass to meet specific building codes and requirements.

5. Ornate Scrollwork

A custom door is a functional piece of art and our ornate iron door designs are one-of-a-kind. The detailed lines and spirals in these designs make an elegant statement without being pompous. Whether you want to design the scrollwork to be enchanting, regal, or something else completely, our design team will work with you to make it come to life. 

And, our iron doors can be custom built to meet any size or design requirement so you don’t have to worry about complex sizing needs. If you’d like to see more examples of personalized ornate scrollwork, browse our ornate door project gallery.

Design custom door with ornate scrollwork
Parisian door with custom door knobs

6. Complementary Finish

Finally, choosing the right finish for your custom design door brings it all together. Whether you want your door to blend in with the rest of your entryway or completely stand out, we have six exclusive finishes to choose from. Burnt Copper is our darkest finish and complements exteriors with dark or black accents. On the other hand, Slate is our lightest finish and goes well with gray tones or stone accents. 

Bronze is our most popular finish with a warm wood color, which complements most exteriors, but in the photo above, these French doors with a white exterior look great with the Charcoal finish. Whatever finish you choose, each of our doors are hand-perfected by a skilled artisan, creating our hallmark smooth-to-touch finish.

At Clark Hall, design is in the details! Contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our showrooms, and we can chat through your latest inspiration as you get the chance to experience our doors up close. And, before you connect, be sure to check out where to add custom entry doors for more ideas. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Designing Your Custom Door

 

Can I order a custom size door?

Yes, Clark Hall can accommodate almost any size request. From the initial consultation and sketch to installation day, we partner with you throughout the entire process to provide a seamless experience.

What are the most popular traditional door finishes?

Bronze and Charcoal are the most popular door finishes because they effortlessly complement most exteriors. Whenever we’re working with a client, we start with the end in mind. How is this door going to look with the exterior of the house once it’s finished? Learn more when you read our interview with the head of manufacturing.

Are door handles a standard size?

The most common sizes for door handles are 2 3/8 inches and 2 3/4 inches, but some hardware can fit multiple backsets. The most important thing to consider is making sure the hardware you select fits your door. 

 

Can you put any door knob on a door?

At Clark Hall, we have suggestions for which handles or knobs would look best on each style of door, but we can custom make hardware to suit any client’s preference. For example, a modern door looks best with a simple door handle, whereas traditional doors look great with door knobs.

Whether you’re remodeling your home or building from scratch, a blank canvas can be exciting. There are many questions to consider, one of the most important being how you will design your front entry doors and custom interior doors. They’re some of the first components of your home that your neighbors and guests encounter, presenting an opportunity to make a grand first impression.

Collaborate with our experts to create custom iron doors in any room that complement your taste. To start, begin gathering inspiration for your project by reading standard and unique locations to implement an iron door.

Front Entry Doors

The most obvious place to add a custom iron door is in the front entry, which can set the tone for the rest of your exterior and interior design decisions. Choosing an iron front entry door over other common materials like wood or fiberglass, is beneficial for many reasons. When it comes to iron vs. wood doors, iron doors are more secure, better insulated, and require little to no maintenance. They also provide better protection against extreme weather.

At Clark Hall, we have three main styles of iron doors: modern, traditional, and ornate, which you can explore in our project gallery. You can apply any of these styles to custom interior doors, wine cellar doors, and custom patio doors as well. Once you’ve created your front entry door, the fun begins in dreaming up where coordinating doors can go throughout the home.

Custom Interior Doors

Office

Since the pandemic, more and more professionals are choosing to work remotely. According to a study from WELL, beautifully-designed spaces support psychological and emotional wellness. Transform your office space with a custom interior door and make your “work from home” environment enjoyable to be in.

Dining Room

Gathering for meals can be one of the most special times to connect with family and friends. For the dining room, consider a modern iron door that features large clear glass panels, creating a spacious room and a seamless transition. Just imagine a custom interior door that offers a picturesque view from your table. For more inspiration about incorporating an iron door in your dining room, read our interview with professional designer, Collette Wilson.

 

Balcony

Love is an open iron door. Picture yourself walking out onto your balcony through a custom interior door that you designed. Balcony doors can bring more light into the room and create a uniform style throughout your home. Whether you choose a sliding glass door, a classic double door, or something else entirely is up to you.

Custom Patio Doors

To elevate your outdoor space and create a scenic windowscape, add a custom patio door to your home. We have sliding glass doors and timeless French designs to pull inspiration from, but that’s just a starting point. If you’re concerned about protection from weather, each custom patio door can be made to withstand the strictest hurricane wind ratings and Florida building codes. 

Expansive patio doors are great for hosting dinner parties or holiday gatherings, too. For a great example of custom patio doors (and a bedroom balcony), take a look at one of our total home makeovers, The Quail Hollow.

Custom Wine Cellar Doors

No matter the size, display your wine collection with pride with custom wine cellar doors. Whether you have a select few favorite wines or are hosting a full range of varietals, transform your entertaining space with a bespoke wine cellar door. Unrivaled security and durability is our guarantee as each element is built with integrity and inspected before installation. And, a wine cellar equipped with a custom iron wine cellar door increases the appraised value of a home.

Ready to upgrade your entryways and design custom iron double doors that fit your home’s needs? Contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our showrooms, and we can chat through your latest inspiration as you get the chance to experience our doors up close. And, before you connect, be sure to check out 15 front door styles for even more inspiration. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Custom Iron Doors

Do iron doors add value to your home?

Investing in a custom iron door will add value to your home and may entice potential buyers to choose a home that features such a unique piece. Potential buyers are always keen on buying property that does not require immediate renovation and repairs. Overall, iron doors increase the value of your home in the present and will be a good asset if you decide to sell later on. 

Are iron doors secure?

Iron doors take security to the next level. Our fully custom entryways and windows represent distinction and excellence beyond what can be found anywhere else. Our doors are certified to meet some of the strictest hurricane wind ratings and Florida building codes. From our 14-gauge steel door panels to the steel barrel hinges, each one is built with integrity—down to every weld. 

Are iron doors more expensive than wood?

The cost of a door varies based on factors like the manufacturer, the details of the design, and the labor involved. Typically, custom iron doors are more expensive than wooden doors, however, the pros of iron doors far outweigh the cons. Considering that wooden doors are more prone to wear and tear, iron doors are much more durable and require minimal maintenance.

Custom Iron Door Designs for Every Taste

At the start of any door design lies inspiration. All of our front door styles are fully customizable and available in singles and doubles, and can be personalized with added elements like sidelights, transoms, and textured glass windows. At Clark Hall, your sketch is our command. Take a look at various modern popular front doors, as well as traditional and ornate to spark your imagination. 

 

Popular Modern Front Door Styles

  1. Arched Modern

    This unique arched shape gives this entrance a luxe, modern look. And the exclusive Charcoal finish is a popular front door color that compliments gray and white exteriors. This is a great example that single panel entry doors can be large and expansive while still remaining charming and welcoming.

   2. Unique Pivot   

This door says, “Go big and come home.” This custom made 50/50 split pivot door reveals scenery from both sides of the entryway. The wide nature of the door allows light to effortlessly fill the space, which is accentuated by custom sidelights. 

   3. Contemporary Sidelights

Adding sidelights to your entryway increases the amount of natural light being brought into the foyer, which can add warmth and beauty, creating a sense of openness — not to mention decreasing your dependence on electrical lighting in that area. This modern sidelight is complemented by a crisp, white exterior entryway and some greenery for added color.

   4. Mid-Century Inspired

The experts in modern front door styles will note the difference between contemporary vs. modern, but this mid-century modern inspired home brings popular front door color aesthetics to life — we just love the neutral tones. Choosing a Bronze or Cinnamon finish would be a great way to accentuate the popular front door colors of the mid-century modern style.

   5. Pointed Silhouette

This modern front door style is especially eclectic and eye-catching — a great example that it’s possible to pair a vibrant foyer with a sleek modern door. This client was able to work with our design team to dream up the beautiful pointed silhouette which also subtly functions to draw attention to the whimsical chandelier.

Popular Ornate Front Door Styles

   6. Styled Glass

This traditional iron door achieves an elegant look without sacrificing privacy with its pairing of a Seedy Baroque glass with a traditional iron door. Another glass style that might go well with this traditional door is Cotswold, but it’s all up to your vision. You can add any of our 12 exclusive glasses to customize any iron door.

   7. Traditional Transoms

Let light flow into your home with custom transoms. Transoms first appeared in 14th century Europe, but are making a comeback in many front door styles. They can also add a unique architectural element, giving your curb appeal a timeless feel.

Front door style with expansive sidelights

   8. Expansive Sidelights

Sidelights provide so many styling opportunities that we just have to mention them again. This traditional iron door features custom sidelights that perfectly complement the exterior’s red brick, evoking the classic look of an all-American home. Adding sidelights can also upgrade your curb appeal by adding visual width without needing to knock down any walls.

Popular front door with a Parisian flair

   9. Parisian Flair

The inspiration for the Stately Summerford Home came from the tall front door styles that line the streets of Paris, resulting in a chic European style that is simply timeless. Everything from the extravagant double door to the grand pull knobs makes a grand first impression.

Classic craftsman with popular front door colors

   10. Classic Craftsman

Although craftsman doors are typically made of wood, this iron door takes inspiration from the craftsman style of curved glass and surrounding light trim. Pairing the light toned brick with a dark Charcoal finish creates a classic charm without being too heavy.

   11. Elegant Scrollwork

The hallmark of ornate iron doors are absolutely their intricate scrollwork and bold silhouettes. The large swoops and swirls in this design create a sense of sophisticated playfulness. Whatever your custom ironwork dreams, no design concept is too complicated.

Popular front doors with Elegant Scrollwork

   12. Arched Ornate

This breathtaking ornate iron door speaks for itself. The unique white washed brick contrasts the Charcoal finish, making the entryway an experience to enjoy. Adding arches can bring a classic appeal that’s reminiscent of Gothic or Roman architecture that is sure to impress.

Front Door Style on Arched Ornate door

   13. Intricate Transoms

By now, you can see how many of these styles can be combined. For example, this ornate door has a beautiful arch and a Flemish glass style. Important to note for this door is the choice to include a transom, which complements the surrounding windows of the house very well. Natural lighting and added privacy are just a few of the benefits of transoms.

Intricate Transoms matched with popular front door colors

   14. Double Doors

One of our most unique doors created wouldn’t be the same without its double door design. Iron double doors can provide more benefits than simply extending the width of your entryway. Double doors can elevate your exterior architecture and allow more light inside your foyer — and in this case, make some pretty unique shadows!

Double Door modern front door styles

   15. Natural Vines

Want to bring a touch of nature to your front door? Consider the intricate and detailed lines of the tree designed for this ornate door. Paired with popular front door colors like Bronze or Burnt Copper, this door’s curb appeal is certainly unique.

Front Door Styles with Natural Vines

Bonus Door Styles, Just for Fun

Patio doors with a modern front door style

   16. Patio Doors 

French doors and scenic windowscapes are just the beginning when it comes to patio design. Like all Clark Hall doors, each custom patio door can meet some of the strictest hurricane wind ratings and Florida building codes. Enhance any room or outdoor space with an iron patio door

Elegant wine cellar door

   17. Wine Cellar Doors 

Lastly, we just have to brag on our design team for their innovative genius in designing wine cellar doors — an impressive home statement and functional storage option. Hosting can be even more fun with a custom made, stunning space to house your wine collection.

Feeling inspired by these popular front doors? Grab a sketch book and browse our design options to get an idea of finish and color, glass texture, and more. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts, and read more about customizing the design styles we mentioned on our blog  

Frequently Asked Questions About Popular Front Door Styles

How do I choose a front door style?

A good place to start is choosing how you want to complement your home’s architecture. At Clark Hall, we have three main styles: modern, traditional, and ornate. Take for instance, if your house has a mid-century modern influence, a modern door would be a good option. On the other hand, an ornate door would pair well with an older, more vintage home.

Should the front door be lighter or darker than the house?

The color of your door is up to you. There’s a wide range of options when considering popular front door colors and whether you want your door to contrast or complement your home’s exterior. However, for more guidance, we have six exclusive finishes that we have suggested pairings for. For example, our darkest finish, Burnt Copper, complements exteriors with dark or black accents.

What’s the best quality front door?

Iron and steel doors are the highest quality front doors that you can invest in. Today, most homes feature either wood or fiberglass doors. Less commonly, but certainly more attractive, other homeowners choose an iron door for an elevated, customizable entrance that can withstand the test of time while adding serious value. Read more about the quality and benefits of iron doors vs. wood doors when you visit our blog.