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17 Great Ideas to Decorate Your Closet Doors

By: Caroline Warnock |

What if I told you there’s a part of most bedrooms that’s often forgotten during decorating, and it can change a room from average to stunning?

That’s right, closet doors can take up a big amount of space in the bedroom but are often left white and plain.

Instead, you can upgrade your closet doors to add uniqueness, flair, and creativity to your room. Even better—most of these ideas are simple and inexpensive to adopt!

Go Classic with Sliding Pocket Doors

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Sliding pocket doors are an extremely common closet door type and for good reason. They save a lot of space, and you can easily customize them, like these stately full size mirrored doors. You can get either a single sliding door or doubles, as we see here. 

If you don’t already have some, sliding pocket doors are a bit harder to install because they require a lot more structural work inside the wall.

Spice Things Up with a Two-Tone Painted Door

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Your closet door doesn’t have to blend into the background. Instead, provide a pop of color to the room by painting it in two bright color blocks. It’s a great look if the rest of the room is painted all one neutral color, like white or light gray.

This is a pretty easy project for a weekend afternoon. Once you’ve chosen your two colors, head over to this tutorial for instructions on achieving this bold look.

Get Patterned Frosted Doors for a Semi-Private Look

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Frosted doors are a bit of an older look that people think of for shower doors, office rooms, or even restaurants. There’s no reason you can’t get that look for your closet door, though! 

Spruce up the frosted look by getting an interesting pattern. As you can see in this image, the straight lines create a modern and simple look to the closet door.

Markerboard Closet Doors Are Fun for Kids

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Do you have young kids who are incredibly messy and always drawing all over your furniture? Are your children older teenagers who spend a lot of time studying? Either way, markerboard closet doors are the perfect solution. 

Your kids can have the whole door to doodle, write reminders—whatever they want! Just supply them with some non-permanent markers and an eraser block, and they’ll entertain themselves for hours. 

Paint a Fake Trim on Your Closet Doors 

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If you find that your sliding closet doors are boring and plain, you can easily add some texture and pattern by painting a simple fake trim on your doors. In this image, a simple white rectangle around the door adds a look of fake molding. 

The subtle two-toned appearance adds a bit of character and charm to the door. It’s easy to do yourself, all you need is some paint and painter’s tape!

Replace a Door with a Curtain for a Softer Look

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Why have a door when you can have a curtain? If you want more space in a smaller bedroom, consider getting rid of your closet door completely and replacing it with a curtain hung over the opening. 

This not only adds more space but makes the room appear softer and even a bit more mysterious. Choose a pale color and simple style like this white curtain for a light, airy look. 

Create a European Style with Faux Medallions

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You can spice up a door with a unique paint style, or you can add some accessories like these faux European medallions. This look works best with bi-fold doors, which are generally viewed as a bit plain. 

Simply buy some ceiling medallions and attach them to the center of the doors, with a dummy knob screwed into the middle. All of a sudden, you’ve gone from boring bi-fold doors to an exotic French door look. 

Be Unique with Metallic Closet Doors

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A lot of these ideas rely on spicing up your closet doors with some inexpensive, unique materials. This example is no different; we see that the home owners have used some aluminum flashing material fit into the louvered part of the closet doors. 

The result? A modern, industrial look that’s entirely unique to this home. 

Show Your Artistic Side with Painted Murals

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If you’re artistic or you know someone who is, paint some gorgeous full-scale murals on your closet doors. Your closet door becomes a piece of art and the focal point, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money on the decor in the rest of the room. 

In this example, the closet doors are painted in the trompe l’oeil style to create the optical illusion of a realistic, three-dimensional scene.

Add Wall Decals to Children’s Closets

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Wall decals are a simple, cheap way to add a bit of personality and decor to a child’s closet doors. You can look on Etsy for whatever theme you want, and stick them on as a joint project with your child. 

The best part about this look is that it’s not permanent, so you can change up the wall decals as your child gets older and changes their interests. 

Go Minimalist with Asian-Style Doors

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This closet door is in an Asian decor style which is quite minimalist and unique looking. It appears to be shoji, a room divider famous in Japanese architecture. The doors are wooden and formed of partly translucent paper panels. 

These closet doors are sure to make your bedroom stand out and look different and mature. Get this look if you’re a fan of the mid-century minimalist decor style.  

Get a Sliding Barn Door for Smaller Spaces

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If you want a simple sliding closet door, then this is the look for you. You can install any style of sliding door on tracks, but I personally really like the farmhouse appearance of this sliding barn door.

If you’re handy at building things, you can actually create this look and save a lot of money. Check out this easy to follow tutorial and accompanying diagrams to achieve this look yourself. 

Create the Illusion of Space with Mirrored Bi-Fold Doors

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We’ve already seen how bi-fold doors are extremely common and borderline boring. To solve this problem, maximize your bi-fold doors by installing mirrors on each fold to create the illusion of light and space. 

With your doors painted white and full-length mirrors on each, your room will appear roomier and trendier. In this example, the French-style bi-fold doors are actually quite appealing and classy.

Upholster Damaged Doors for a Brand-New Look

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If you have damaged or worn doors, an interesting and unique way to spruce them up is to upholster them. In this room, we can see that it’s a successful DIY project, because the green upholstery and nail-head trim adds so much appeal and flair. 

If your closet door is going to stand out, at least make it stand out for the right reason, and not because it’s battered and damaged! 

Wallpaper Turns a Closet Door into an Accent Wall

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Cover your closet doors with wallpaper for a nice accent wall. This look works especially well if you’ve got big sliding doors that take up a lot of space in the room. Get an interesting wallpaper pattern that works with the rest of your room decor. 

In this example, you can see that the rest of the room doesn’t need much decor, just simple white walls, because the wallpaper closet makes a statement on its own.

Install Double Doors for Walk-In Closets

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For walk-in closets, don’t hesitate to create a larger opening with double doors. It adds some glamor and charm, especially if your room is large enough to handle it. Double doors bring to mind royalty, fancy dressing rooms, and European allure. 

Keep it simple with white paint and frosted panes. If you go too ornate with the doors and handles, it might seem over the top.

Add Your Own Trim for Texture

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As you’ve probably noticed, a lot of the looks in this article are DIY options for your closet doors. This one is no different. A custom trim on the closet doors creates texture and depth to the doors. Add to that a fresh coat of paint, and you’ve got a bold look.

If you’re a big fan of this style, it’s surprisingly quite easy and cheap to accomplish. Check out this helpful guide for full details.

Final Thoughts

There’s no reason why closet doors should be boring and non-descript. They’re actually a great opportunity for you to personalize a room, make a statement, and even maximize your space. 

If you have the budget for a more structural renovation, you can install in-wall pocket sliding doors or even double doors. If you’re looking for a simple, budget-friendly DIY option instead, this article is full of exciting and unique ideas for you, including paint styles, trim, and upholstery. 

The only question now is which option to spruce up your closet door is the one you’ll choose for your home?