There was a time when patio doors were white, taps were chrome, and stainless steel was big news for kitchen sinks and worktops. But these days, when it comes to metallic finishes for the home, black is the way to go.

Along with antique brass, matt black has become the hot choice for metallic finishes such as bath taps, showers and door handles. Giving a nod to industrial heritage, while bringing a stylish, contemporary vibe, matt black is a timeless and highly versatile choice.

When it comes to choosing a frame colour for doors and windows, black is also leading the way. The bold but simple combination of black frames with glass creates a stylish look favoured by architects and interior designers the world over.

Here, we discuss why black-framed doors are becoming increasingly popular and how to make this look work for you in your home.

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The rise of black metals

Versatile and stylish, it’s easy to see why black metals are proving to be so┬ápopular. Tying in perfectly with minimalist and scandi interior trends, matt black combines a simple elegance with a cool, industrial vibe.

As jewel-like colours have grown in popularity, so have the black accents that sit so well alongside bold palettes. From chairs to door handles to accessories, black metals have become prominent across all aspects of home decor.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of black metals is their versatility. Black-framed doors, for example, work as well alongside a bold, maximalist scheme as they do in a neutral space. They also combine brilliantly with all kinds of natural materials such as timber, stone and textured linens.

Black metals also have the advantage of lending themselves equally well to contemporary or period properties. Black-framed doors are the natural partner for a modern, glazed extension, but they can also provide a welcome contrast when used in a more traditional setting.

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Why have black-framed doors become so popular?

A lot of their popularity is down to the trend for Crittall doors with their distinctive black frames and grid-like glass panels. But what is Crittall, we hear you say? Well, Crittall is a British manufacturer of steel-framed windows and doors dating back to the 1880s.

Synonymous with the Art Deco period, Crittall doors are a design classic and have played a major role in the rise in popularity of black-framed doors. But while the price tag of original steel Crittal doors puts them beyond many people’s budget, aluminium black-framed doors offer a much more affordable alternative.

Aluminium door frames can also be made with a very narrow profile allowing you to have more view and less frame. The award-winning Ultraline sliding door system from Minima has a super-slim frame measuring just 20mm all the way around. Aluminium is also a much lighter material than steel, allowing large doors to slide open with ease.

Pro Tip: Make sure your aluminium doors have marine-grade powder coating to ensure they can withstand the elements for many years to come.

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How to make black-framed doors work in your home

Whether you’re looking for external or internal glazed doors, black frames are guaranteed to give you a timeless and classic look. The main benefit of narrow profile, black-framed doors for an extension or garden room is their ability to virtually disappear, allowing the view to take centre stage.

Minima sliding doors come in four different colours, all of which are kept in stock in our factory, ensuring lead times are kept to a minimum. Matt Jet Black (RAL9005) is our most popular colour and is the one most in keeping with classic Crittall steel doors. The advantage of this colour is that it will blend in seamlessly with a dark-coloured external render or cladding, or alternatively provide a crisp contrast to a paler exterior.

Looking for internal black-framed doors as well as external ones? Then why not try a company such as Black Metal Doors for stylish, affordable internal doors to flood your interior space with light.

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Thinking about black-framed doors for your project? Give Minima Sliding a call to find out more about the award-winning Ultraline sliding door system.