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Do Bedroom and Closet Doors Have To Match?

Bedroom, closet, and bathroom doors are typically the three main sets of doors that are in a master bedroom. In a child’s room, there may be just a bedroom door and a closet door.

The color and design of the door are essential to the color pattern of the room, in order for everything to work in sync.

Bedroom and closet doors should match. There are a few instances in which the door doesn’t necessarily have to match, we’ll cover those later in the article. For now, we’re going to cover why your bedroom and closet doors have to match.

Why You Should Match Your Bedroom & Closet Doors

Keep The Color Patterns Consistent

The main reason is the color pattern. The fluid look of having a white door that matches the white closet looks spectacular. Similar to having an old rustic brown look match the heavy frame of a barn door.

No matter what the color is, having an efficient color scheme will blend and compliment the rest of the color schemes that are included in the room.

Also, having neutral color doors, paving the way to switch up the color scheme for the rest of the room. If the door and closet doors are yellow, it won’t match the purple or blue walls/color pallet of the room.

Neutral colors are white and brown, as they can be paired with any color and still look stylish.

Make The Room Less Busy

Color and style patterns of the room play into the overall “busy-ness” of the room. These types of doors will cause immediate attention to a guest or homeowner when they walk in the room:

  • Open too wide
  • Aren’t big enough
  • Color scheme attracts more attention than the room itself

The last thing you want in the room is for the doorways, which is meant to be the entrance to a beautiful room, to disrupt the overall ambiance. This can be done by colors, which we mentioned above, or style.

The style of the door, whether it be a slab door, bi-folding doors, or even a barn door upon entry, the closet should match at least the same texture and style of the main entrance.

What If My Doors Don’t Match?

We recommend the doors match, however there may be a few instances in which you can get away with not having matching doors. The trick would be within the door panels.

For instance, if a door had 3 panels as the entry-way main door, but the closet door only has two panels (whether the previous homeowner messed up or you’re trying to save some money on a different style door), it may not be noticed.

Panel doors
Example Of a 3-Panel Door

To the naked eye, the guest will see panels on the door and may not notice that they don’t match the entryway. We recommend having no more than a 1-panel difference, having a 5-panel door and a 2-panel door may stick out.

This is one way to get around not matching the doors to the bedroom and closet.

Do Bedroom Closets Need Doors?

Bedroom closets do not need doors. However, we’re going to break down the benefits of having doors and not having bedroom closet doors.

Why You Need Closet Doors

The biggest reason for having closet doors is for privacy. Often times homeowners will keep private items or items they don’t want their kids to see (Christmas presents, safe, money, etc). Having closet doors will hide and keep these items discreet.

The second reason is UV light. If your closet is positioned next to a window, it will be exposed to the UV light that comes through the window. This may fade clothes with extreme, all day exposure in the hot sun. We caution to having an open facing closet with UV light exposure.

The last reason is for toddlers or children. The last thing you want is for a toddler or child to get into your room and ruin your favorite outfit. Simply keeping closed doors will not necessarily keep the child out, but they will at least have to work to get into the closet. If it’s an open-faced setup, the child can have a free-for-all with the clothes.

Why You Don’t Need Closet Doors

Having an open view of the closet is great for people who have a wide variety of clothes to be worn. Often times doors can cut off the ends of a wardrobe, and that side will rarely get looked at or worn. Most of us put our favorite outfits front and center and we tend to forget other tops (or bottoms) that are buried in the side.

An open face will allow for complete customization as you’ll be able to visibly see your whole rack. This is one of the many reasons why walk-in closets are beneficial.

The second reason is staying organized. If your closet is available to the public, whenever someone enters the room, the first thing they will notice is the closet. If it’s messy, it will be a bad look for the homeowner. The open face is the motivation to keep the closet clean.

Bedroom Closet Door Ideas

We’ve taken the time to pick out our favorite bedroom door designs and ideas to make your closets catch the eye of visitors!

Bi-Fold Closet Door

bi-fold closet door

One of our favorite doors can be bought right on Amazon with the Bi-fold Louver Louver Plantation white color doors.

These doors come in various sizes such as 24 x 80, 30 x 80, 32 x 80, and 36 x 80, to fit all your closet needs. Fairly priced and affordable for closet doors, these are a great option for starter homes that need a new set of doors, or to be used as replacements.

Accordion Folding Doors

Accordion Folding Doors

We wanted to add a solution for those looking to save some money and the DIY audience. These accordion doors are a great solution as they can fit openings from 24-36 inches wide and 80 inches high.

Also available in the color scheme that will best fit your room. Colors to select from are fruit-wood, oak, white, and white mist.

Barn Doors

barn style closet doors

One of the newest styles in both bedroom doors and closet doors is the barn style door. This heavy-set door is great for homeowners that want to give a rustic and country feel to their homes.

These doors are pre-drilled and ready to assemble. These one-sided doors are great for single doorways or closets that want to be kept private with style.


Bedroom and closet doors all in all should match. We’ve given one instance where it may not match, but that’s one scenario.

If you’re looking for closet doors, we recommend checking out the ones we mentioned above for all types of colors and styles!

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