Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 12, 2012

Delightful Dutch doors

I love the way each country has its own distinctive style of architecture. Our wanderings in a few Dutch towns revealed some interesting doorways.


I found the lack of right angles amazing in many of the buildings.




























It is always fascinating to wonder what goes on behind these doors.


  1. Very nice post, Debra. There used to be a poster you could buy showing dozens of Amsterdam doors. I particularly like the final one in your post – a classic example of Amsterdam School architecture.

    • That on is on the Shipping House. I have a whole post coming up on that builiding….I love it.

  2. What a hoot! I kept tilting my head to one side to look at those red doors! Definitely bespoke! 🙂

  3. The angles are all over the place on some of those buildings.

  4. Hi Debra, you really do take fabulous photos.

  5. Some cities are so beautiful and some are so shabby, you make me long to pack a small bag and take off, Europe is so near but at the moment feels a long way to go for us. Love peeking in at your wonderful photos x Jo

    • Amsterdam is a great city to visit. There is something for everyone there.

  6. Thank you for sharing all these lovely doorways Debra. Just beautiful 🙂

    • I find these doorways fascinating.

  7. Excellent collection. Many favs for me. Given hooks and those dedicated to a specific location, you sure took many pictures in Amsterdam!

    • I took hundreds of photos in Amsterdam….it is a very interesting city.

  8. Many Dutch homes look like dolls’ houses clustered tightly together and appear so narrow. Yet, I was surprised and delighted by the ingenious ways the Dutch use their space inside. We stayed at a bed and breakfast in a Dutch home, and were lucky enough to see the door open one morning giving us a glimpse inside the rest of the home. It exuded a homely family atmosphere and looked spacious, light and airy leading to other rooms and a tiny backyard. We were sorely tempted to explore, but we were too polite to intrude. Anne Frank’s house gave us a better idea of the rabbit warren of rooms, which looked deceptive when one notices the simple style of the tall narrow building from outside. We then understood the tight existence the Frank family endured being hidden during those two years. If only doors could talk, so many fascinating stories will be revealed.

    • Some of those houses were impossibly narrow. I can’t imagine living in one.

  9. What a lovely selection, Debra. They are all quite unique, and some are really stunning. 🙂

    • Amsterdam is s gorgeous city to photograph.

  10. Beautiful photos, Debra and your timing was perfect for the lovely wisteria!

    • I managed to see the wisteria twice…once in Italy and then later in Holland.

  11. I too love the way architectural styles vary form country to country. As always your images are beautiful.

    • It is amazing that there are such differences.

  12. every door outdoors the next wonderful collection Roz

    • The doors are amazing aren’t they?

  13. You are so creative with what you capture. I love it!

  14. Great collection of photos – really enjoyed looking through them. Love the red ones!

    • I enjoyed taking the photos

  15. Just as you say Debra, these doors are definitely Dutch and just couldn’t be from anywhere else. I love that. That glossy red door especially caught my eye for the colour alone. And some gorgeous hardware too. Thank you!

    • I love the crookedness of the doors.

  16. Some lovely statement pieces

    • Thank you. I had fun taking the photos.

  17. Where were these taken? All in Amsterdam, or in other towns too? Some place names would be awesome, I’d love to know if I walked right by some of these last summer when I travelled through the Netherlands! Thanks, great post!

    • The doors were mostly in Amsterdam, with a few from Haarlem.

      • Nice, I think I recognize one… but it was a while ago, so can’t be sure. Great cities that’s for sure!

  18. Ah me. I had a lovely Dutch door on the Keisersgracht once upon a time. Number 425, if memory serves. But then I met “the Italian” and had to trade in Dutch doors for Italian doors. Sigh.

    • Not bad choices…..Dutch, Italian.

  19. Oh, I love photos of doors! Not only are they architecturally interesting, they always seem full of possibility and promise of adventure. 🙂

    • My curiosity always makes me wonder what happens inside.

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