Have Crittall doors gone out of style?

Critall came back strong. These industrial-style doors, windows, and room dividers let you zone your space while still letting light in — and they sure know how to make a statement. However, Critall’s appeal could be under threat, thanks to snazzy new alternatives flooding our Instagram feeds.

Stained glass windows and arched doors are popular with designers who opt for modern decorating ideas that differ from the norm. But will these substitutes threaten the reign of Crittall? Or will this versatile statement endure in 2022? Here, the experts react to the movement.

Are Critall doors still in fashion?

Bedroom with glass doors

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Crittall doors are admired for their steel-framed grid-like doors that are as striking as they are minimalist. However, their high popularity may lead to their downfall.

“You could say that Crittall doors are starting to lose their popularity and fall into disuse because they have oversaturated the design world,” says Andra DelMonico, Lead Designer at Tendency. “I wouldn’t be surprised if people started to get tired of seeing them.”

Andra likens Crittal to the sliding barn door that dominated interior design trends until it fell into overuse. “People fell in love with them,” she says.

Critall is here to stay

Bedroom with glass doors

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While Critall may run the risk of being overused, there are reasons why this feature may never be replaced by rivals. Livingetc’s Content editor Hugh Metcalf argues that (despite their aesthetic appeal) the alternatives are harder to install – and even harder to maintain.

“Critall doors have the advantage of being easier to install due to their simple shape,” says Hugh. “Bespoke arched doors are more labor intensive and therefore cost more, as they will need to be molded on site.”

Hugh adds that standard glazing (the type used in Crittall doors) is “definitely more robust than stained glass”, both in terms of cleaning and durability.

Dining room with integrated storage bench and glass doors

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“Although Critall doors can simply be cleaned with your normal glass cleaner, you may want to pay special attention to stained glass, making sure to use an ammonia-free cleaner and wiping gently with a microfiber cloth,” he adds.

Andra also explains that, although some people may fall in love with Crittall, this design idea is here to stay. “While I would say we will eventually see them fall out of trend, I don’t think they will disappear completely,” she adds.

“Their sleek design makes them versatile and modern. They have a timeless charm that carries them through the centuries.

You now have full clearance to invest in Crittall doors at the next available opportunity.

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