Door frame as an element of integration of interior spaces: Opening to the surroundings

23.02.2024 4 min

Can doors be a decorative element of the interior? Of course! But it’s not just the door leaf that matters. However, very often our planning of the appearance of the arrangement ends with their selection, and it definitely shouldn’t if we want every detail to be important. Door frames, often underestimated and overlooked in the design process, can become a decorative element that complements and enriches the interior.

Decorative door frame in white, matching the classic style of the interior and decorative strips arranged in the shape of double frames
Decorative door frame

Decorative door frames provide an aesthetic framework for the door leaf, but also influence the way the space is perceived and used. Opening to the surroundings, smooth transitions between rooms or a harmonious combination of interior and exterior space – all this can be achieved through thoughtful selection and design of door frames. In this way, every detail of our house, even the smallest one, can be important, contributing to the creation of a coherent, functional and aesthetically attractive living space.

What is the door frame called?

The door frame, often invisible at first glance, plays a key role in the functioning of the door. It is a frame mounted in the jamb, i.e. a specially prepared door opening in the building wall, on which the door leaf hinges are mounted. Correct installation of the door frame is fundamental for trouble-free opening and closing of the door.

The available types of door frames include:

  • fixed frame,
  • hidden door frames,
  • adjustable door frames.

Adjustable door frames are also divided into rebated and non-rebated ones, which allows for precise adjustment to various technical and aesthetic requirements of the rooms. Each of these types is characterized by specific features, meeting the needs both in terms of functionality and visual integration of the door with the rest of the space.

Covering strips as door frames – an important element of space integration

Doors with frames, after installation, are technically ready for use – fully functional and safe. Nevertheless, for many people this stage of assembly is not fully satisfactory, especially when it comes to aesthetic aspects. It is in moments like these that masking strips come on the scene, offering a perfect finish to the door opening. Acting as door frames, they constitute an excellent finishing element, adding the finishing touch to the interior design, subtly emphasizing and enriching the appearance of the door.

Decorative door frame made of decorative strips, painted with beige paint in a calm arrangement inspired by the Japandi style
Decorative door frame

What is a door masking band?

A door masking band is a finishing element that has an aesthetic and practical function in any interior. It is mainly used to mask the space at the contact line between the door frame and the wall, ensuring a smooth and aesthetic transition between surfaces. The door architrave ensures that the door frame is elegantly covered, which positively affects the overall appearance of the door and the harmony of the entire interior. Typically, door bands are included with the order, maintaining uniform colors, style and texture (an especially popular solution in the case of doors imitating wood). However, if standard bands do not meet your expectations, there are numerous alternative designs available on the market that allow you to perfectly match the style of your interior. These include stucco bands, offering unique designs and the ability to adjust the shape and appearance of the band to individual preferences.

Decorative strips mounted on the door frame will work perfectly, but for those who are looking for comprehensive solutions, we offer the Mardom Decor door frame, made of stucco strips of increased dimensions. The standard length of skirting boards is 200 cm, while Mardom Decor door masking strips are 240 cm long, which facilitates installation and minimizes the number of joints, speeding up the entire assembly process. Such a door trim not only shortens the installation, but also provides an aesthetic and decorative door frame, perfectly fitting into any interior design.

How to make a door band?

Installing interior door trim is a process that requires precision and appropriate preparation, very similar to traditional stucco installation. The first step is to precisely measure the distance on the sides and top of the door opening, taking into account future joints in the corners, and then precisely cut the strips. Mardom Decor masking bands are made of the same material that we use for our most durable floor strips – dense PolyForce duropolymer, enriched with ScratchShield® technology, which significantly increases the impact strength of the material and its resistance to mechanical damage, such as impacts or scratches with a sharp tool. Taking into account that interior door frames are as exposed to mechanical damage as floor stucco, selecting a strip with appropriate technical parameters is crucial to ensure high durability and aesthetics. Even if you choose finishing strips other than dedicated frames, we recommend finishing the door leaf with skirting boards due to their high durability.

The corners of the finishing strips should be cut at a 45-degree angle to ensure a perfect and smooth connection at the corners. To install masking strips, high-quality, strong glue is used, which should be applied to the inner edges of the strip.


We recommend cutting the strips using a hand saw and a miter box or using a miter saw. Be sure to use a new disc with sharp and fine teeth. At low speed to avoid damaging the material.

It is worth mentioning that Mardom Decor stucco is equipped with special grooves that facilitate even distribution of glue. After applying the glue, press the strip against the wall and hold it in this position for a few seconds to allow the glue to set. This method of installation not only guarantees an aesthetic finish of the door opening, but also increases the functionality of the frame, protecting it against potential mechanical damage.

Opening space: door strips in design

In the context of designing modern interiors, opening the space with properly selected door strips is an element that deserves special attention. The width of the door strips in the frame can be adjusted to the style and size of the room, which allows you to achieve a harmonious appearance and functionality of any interior. Despite popular belief, decorative strips are not an option that will only work in spacious interiors. Properly selected, they can significantly improve the aesthetics of even smaller spaces.

Depending on the height of the room, door moldings can be selected in the same way as skirting boards:

  • for low interiors, up to 260 cm, 7 cm wide strips are recommended,
  • for rooms with standard height, 270-280 cm, 12 cm wide strips will be optimal,
  • In high spaces, above 280 cm, 15 cm wide strips will work best.

This selection guarantees that the interior door frame will be proportional to the scale of the interior, which is crucial for maintaining coherence and harmony of the arrangement.

Interior door frame with a geometric shape in a minimalist style
Interior door frame in a minimalist style

Using elements made of the same material throughout the house allows you to create a smooth and uniform visual impression. In particular, in rooms with a given interior design style, e.g. modern classic or glamor, where aesthetic details play a key role in the overall perception of space. Ultimately, harmonized framing of interior doors with skirting boards, in addition to its basic decorative function, contributes to the visual enlargement and opening of space, which is the essence of contemporary interior design.

Why a door band?

Door bands are aesthetic decorative elements. Thanks to the possibility of choosing from many available models, they can be easily installed in almost any door recess and, what’s more, matched to the style of a given room – from more decorative variants ideal for classic-style rooms, to simple and geometric forms that fit perfectly with Scandinavian style.

One of the practical functions of the architraves is to mask the space between the door frame and the wall, thus covering any door gaps and the mounting foam. Thanks to the band, all necessary, but not very aesthetic elements remain invisible, ensuring a neat and aesthetic final effect.

Door frames are also essential in protecting walls against splashes and mechanical damage, working on the same principle as skirting boards. They protect the edges of the walls in the immediate vicinity of the door, increasing the durability and aesthetics of the space.

Additionally, some tie models have been designed to hide unsightly wiring. Thanks to the specially designed profile of the strip, it is possible to discreetly route cables inside the clamp, which allows you to maintain maximum interior aesthetics while maintaining full functionality. In this way, door frames become not only a decorative element, but also a practical solution that allows elegant and effective space management.

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