Room recipe: Contemporary entrance with killer steel doors

This home’s entrance is flooded with natural light, thanks to floor-to-ceiling steel-framed doors
Alex Reinders

First impressions certainly count in this home, with the custom-made steel-framed doors from Steel Window Co, the lounge room is both a graceful and relaxed space. Here’s our Room Recipe to show you how to achieve the look.

How to use steel doors in your home
(Credit: Alex Reinders)

“The steel doors are probably my favourite feature in the house,”

Christine, homeowner


European oak flooring, try Royal Oak Floors 

Timber coffee table, Globe West

Floor-to-ceiling steel doors, Steel Window Co

Inviting textural sofa (custom-made), Edgeworks Upholstery

Handwoven rug, Bayliss Rugs


1. Begin with a restrained palette on the walls and a neutral flooring choice of classic timber floorboards to bring warmth into a contemporary space

2. Make a statement with a custom set of steel-framed doors that allow for uninterrupted sightlines between spaces, the enjoyment of artworks in both rooms and the added bonus of heat retention 

3. Introduce key furnishings in soft, fully upholstered textures to layer in colour and warmth – to the eye and the touch. Woollen fabrics in sofas, handwoven rugs in natural fibres.

4. Reflect timbers and other materials such as metal legs in occasional furnishings such as the coffee table and bench seat in the entrance.

“I’ve always admired them in other homes and wanted to incorporate them here. They bring in the light, yet allow you to close off the room when needed.”

Christine, homeowner

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