Decorating around this tiny door?!

Taylor Mathis
by Taylor Mathis
This is in our master bedroom. As of now we have nothing there because we are confused about what to do. We can't cover it up completely because we have made the room it leads into a room for our cats. Any suggestions are welcome!
  73 answers
  • Ann Smitt Ann Smitt on Nov 14, 2016
    Pinterest has some great ideas to inspire your Cat Door decorating project. Just type in DIY Cat Door Decorations and a ton of boards with instructions and photos will pop up. Please post a picture of your finished project.
  • DP DP on Nov 14, 2016
    make it look like a gnome door, rustic, even glue river stones around the outside of it
  • Sandy Sandy on Nov 14, 2016
    Remove the knob and paint door and trim the same color as the rest of the room to make it less noticeable. Could replace with a hinged piece of art or covered board, but looks like you leave it open. Might want to cut small swinging door in it just for the cats.
  • Yedafeio Yedafeio on Nov 14, 2016
    Build, repurpose or buy a piece of furniture to cover the door, with an opening on one side. People do this to access and hide cat tray. My best wishes from Curitiba, Brasil!
  • Lori Lori on Nov 14, 2016
    Upcycle some old Windows and hang them on the wall next to the door
  • Andrea Andrea on Nov 14, 2016
    I agree that painting the entire thing the same color as the wall helps make it blend mind. I had a bedroom with 2 huge closet doors on 1 wall. The stuck out until we painted the doors & trim the same color as the wall. No more distracting doors!
  • Patricia DuMond Patricia DuMond on Nov 14, 2016
    Embrace it and hang a funky or cute sign on it with something about the cats like "Welcome to the Kitty Abode" or "Keep Out Unless You Have Whiskers!"
  • Peggy Moore Peggy Moore on Nov 14, 2016
    You won't be able to really hide it, so I say paint a garden gate or wood plank fence or a spa door and let it be a positive feature of your wall.
  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Nov 14, 2016
    Turn that opening into a door of a Hobbit house. Semi light colors you don't want to draw to much attention. Only how cute is that! Kind of attention.
  • Lainey Howell Lainey Howell on Nov 14, 2016
    If you're an artist, or know one, paint cat caricatures -- peeking over the slanted part of the door. Paint the trim and door o look like a small house and install a cat door near the bottom that will look like the door to the house. Good luck!
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Nov 14, 2016
    Paint with Letters."Alice Lives Here" ,or "Rabbit Hole" LOL.
  • Dun13931290 Dun13931290 on Nov 14, 2016
    Put pretty molding around it.
  • Candice Candice on Nov 14, 2016
    Paint the trim and door the same color as the wall so it doesn't stand out
  • Cindy Walker Watson Cindy Walker Watson on Nov 15, 2016
    A tiny door knocker - maybe repurpose a drawer pull for that. You might be able to do something with a metal marble hot glued on to a washer in the same colour to make a faux doorknob, you could even cut trim for the door - stain it in a lovely dark wood colour - it's such an interesting detail, highlight it!
    • Dale Dale on Nov 15, 2016
      Maybe even put up a little awning over it &/or some window shutters?
  • Lesley Brisco Lesley Brisco on Nov 15, 2016
    I'm seriously confused as to why there is a tiny door on the bottom of the wall! Obviously everyone else must know as I seem to be the only one wondering! I like the idea of a little house from Lainey Howell!
    • Ann Smitt Ann Smitt on Nov 15, 2016
      Lesley Brisco, the tiny door leads to a room for the owner's cats. The door is known as a Pet Door in the USA. Some people decorate these doors to look like Fairy Doors (often seen in gardens, buildings in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and indoors for a bit of WHIMSY). Many people put in pet doors so their animals can be independent.
  • Jeannie Herman Jeannie Herman on Nov 15, 2016
    Also, these doors lead to attic storage. I painted mine the same color as the walls. But, I love the idea of "Alice lives here" and little door handles!!
  • Lesley Brisco Lesley Brisco on Nov 15, 2016
    Ann Smitt, thank you! I have to say I am amazed that cats have their own rooms over there! We do have cat flaps on doors that lead to an outside area, but a whole room, wow! Lucky cats in the USA! You guys really do seem to have everything over there! LOL!
  • Ejp9127249 Ejp9127249 on Nov 15, 2016
    Turn it into a fairy door.
  • Anita shull Anita shull on Nov 15, 2016
    I also thought of Alice In wonderland witnsychsn artisticcrsxy shape o would enhance it to make it an artsy room feature.
  • Sally Sally on Nov 15, 2016
    Paint a mural on the wall! Paint a nice big willow tree with the door at the bottom of the trunk and paint over it to blend in with the tree but add a real doorknob for the elves to get in.
  • Mary Lou Pearce Mary Lou Pearce on Nov 15, 2016
    I would paint a toadstool or tree trunk around it make it the door to a fairy or gnomes house.
  • Freckles Freckles on Nov 15, 2016
    If you like gnomes or fairy's make it a doorway to their home, let your imagination run wild, or google the designs to find one you like.
  • Mfbandit769 Mfbandit769 on Nov 15, 2016
    Why do you feel the need to decorate it? If you do, it will draw attention to it.
  • Bonnie duke Bonnie duke on Nov 15, 2016
    I would put a free standing shelf on hinges that would swing out if needed to get in that door by putting a rail on shelves they would be useful too
  • Either dress it up to be a focal point on that wall or ignore it and decorate your room however you want!
  • Patty Patty on Nov 15, 2016
    Believe it or not I had a similar problem years ago, except the little door didn't exist. The previous owners had made a kitty play room in the attic off the master BR so I had this little opening in the wall to deal with in the BR.. I went to Goodwill and bought a little table, I painted the table and knowing how cats are I made a little skirt to go around the table and hung a mirror on the wall and dressed up the top of the table. Problem solved it looked so good and and kitty's loved it they could play under the skirt or hide and they had full access to their playroom, and on any occasion we needed to enter the playroom we just moved the little table out of the way.
  • Carol Carol on Nov 16, 2016
    Paint it the same color as the room or leave it white. Take a picture of your cat reaching for the doorknob and make life size copies and add it to the door. You can a,so get a mirror image life size print for the other side.
  • Wendy Tellson Armistead Wendy Tellson Armistead on Nov 16, 2016
    I think it is very charming! Sort of like an Alice in Wonderland or fairy door! i like the idea of putting a picture of the cats on the door....
  • Chrissy Chrissy on Nov 16, 2016
    I would square off the door. Add a mini barn door ( easy to make) with dark wood shelves around the area. Then decorate as you desire.
  • Gin Gin on Nov 16, 2016
    Put a folding screen in front of it that coordinates with your room decor
  • MK McDonald MK McDonald on Nov 17, 2016
    If you don't want to hide it, make it into the crooked door of a crooked house. I can't remember the rest of the rhyme:)
  • Ranger Ranger on Nov 17, 2016
    If it leads to a 'cat room', make it a cat flap? Perhaps, take the door off and give the cats free range from their room to yours... Or lean a dress mirror in front of it and ignore it.
  • Lau6558963 Lau6558963 on Nov 17, 2016
    Hang a small curtain over it but tied back so it's open for kitties. You could hang a sign that says some kitty stuff like 9 lives required 😊
  • Molly Morse Molly Morse on Nov 17, 2016
    You could always put a sofa table in front of it. It's slim so it won't take up much floor space. That would put something on that wall, give you a flat surface to decorate, and that cats can still pass thru under the table.
  • Patricia Patricia on Nov 17, 2016
    There was a crooked man, who lived on a crooked lane, he had a crooked cat, that caught a crooked mouse and they all lived in a little crooked house. I really don't understand why you would build a cat room. How do you get in there to clean it? Take off the door and hang some do-dads for the cats to play with.
  • Donna Donna on Nov 17, 2016
    I'd decorate it to look like a cat themed fairy door - flowers, bright colors etc. I love the shape so I'd run with it!
  • Frankie Laney Frankie Laney on Nov 17, 2016
    Maybe you could place a small table in front, or maybe a book shelf with a custom cutout for the door? This one is interesting.
  • Tomc60025 Tomc60025 on Nov 17, 2016
    1st thought that comes to mind is to use matching molding to build a mirror image frame panel so it looks like a house . you could paint to look like house or reverse french doors with a cat stenciled in center of panel. add door knocker for cat's house.
  • Jan9318508 Jan9318508 on Nov 17, 2016
    paint it the same color as the wall to minimize it and put a sofa table in front as others suggested
  • Jan9318508 Jan9318508 on Nov 17, 2016
    paint it the same color as the wall to minimize it and put a sofa table in front as others suggested
  • Tomc60025 Tomc60025 on Nov 17, 2016
    if you made the shape to look like the shape of a house, you could make it a focus wall by painting lightly contrasted stripes that mirror the upside down v shape of the rooflline all the way up to ceiling
  • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Nov 17, 2016
    If you want to highlight it, you can stencil or use vinyl cat silhouettes on the door and around it (or mice and cats)
  • Cwh6899259 Cwh6899259 on Nov 17, 2016
    I am still trying to digest 'cat room'? Is this where your litter box is? I was thinking it was a storage closet under the eave of an adjoining roof. Not sure about the cat toilet so close to my sleeping quarters.
    • Taylor Mathis Taylor Mathis on Nov 17, 2016
      Yes it's where we keep their litter boxes. Fortunately the room it leads to is quite large so anything that goes on in there is barely recognized by us. It's the only spot we could put the litter boxes, so we had to make it work
  • Chickchoc Chickchoc on Nov 17, 2016
    You could paint/stencil a woodland frame and make it look like a fairy or gnome doorway.
  • Skrizzo Skrizzo on Nov 17, 2016
    Paint it to look like a fairy door.
  • Mikki Mikki on Nov 17, 2016
    You could easily hang a curtain rod and pretty curtain above the door make it look like a window . Just hang the rod straight to disguise the odd shape. or even hang a barn style sliding door.
  • Linda Keser Linda Keser on Nov 18, 2016
    You could make a small custom garden trellis around it shaped like an upside down "U" (or similar shape) and glue or tie artificial flowers or ivy to it. A fanciful entrance to a "garden."
  • Sandra Crosbie Sandra Crosbie on Nov 18, 2016
    I too was going to suggest the fairy door idea. But not knowing your preference of decor, maybe the fairy door idea wouldn't work. You could probably use beadboard wallpaper and paint it to match your style, It's hard to advise when style and decor is so personal.
  • Julie Julie on Nov 18, 2016
    Just a personal preference but I wouldn't necessarily bring more attention to it by decorating it. I would paint it the same color as your walls allowing it to blend in. However, I do love the idea of the fairy door as others have suggested. Please post you finished project! :)
  • CKimball CKimball on Nov 18, 2016
    I think it's perfect just the way it is... is screams "I care for my cats happiness"
  • M barnard M barnard on Nov 18, 2016
    Paint same color as wall and ignore it.
  • B J  Alexis B J Alexis on Nov 18, 2016
    You could just paint the same color as the walls or put an outline of a cat on the door as a type of "explanation" and maybe a few smaller cats around the door, with a slightly larger cat just at the tip of the angle point.
  • Dms8811450 Dms8811450 on Nov 18, 2016
    I don't have time to read all suggestions so maybe it's a repeat: a large deck oration framed mirror that leans against the wall? If this door is used for the cat, he can make his way behind the mirror since the opening is recessed.
  • B.C. Smith-Ashmall B.C. Smith-Ashmall on Nov 20, 2016
    I would hang a framed picture above it with making the frame angle the same as the door. It's easy enough to cut the frame. Instead of glass, get plexiglass to cover the picture which you can also cut to size easily. Or create some other piece of art (decoupage on to a piece of wood cut to the right angle, etc) You could even paint the door and art frames the same color.
  • Sheila D Sheila D on Nov 20, 2016
    M's idea is good if you want to camouflage it. Or accent the framed area and attach an outdoor scene for your kittys to go outside. or a pic like the "gotta go ad" of the kitty that has to go...
  • Penny Penny on Nov 22, 2016
    i would put either a desk or a vanity in front of won't be so obvious but the cats can still use the door to their room...
  • D fuhrman D fuhrman on Nov 22, 2016
    i'm not sure how tall the door is but could you place a single piece of wood shelf above it? i have one in my living room which works great because my dogs can run under it because there are no legs. i display pictures and candles on it.
  • Jill Cromer Helgeson Jill Cromer Helgeson on Nov 22, 2016
    I would paint it the same color as the wall to help camouflage it. Then put a folding screen in front of it.
  • 861650 861650 on Dec 01, 2016

    Suggest you paint it the same color as the wall and then see how it looks. This is a big odd-shaped door, is it possible to make it smaller?

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Dec 13, 2016

    You could mirror the door up so that it becomes a true rectangle with the moulding and although it won't be recessed like the door it will trick the eye, then add other white things like picture frames or floating shelves in glass with white trinkets. No higher then pretend door so it looks like any room would look.

  • Lily Schlender Lily Schlender on Dec 14, 2016

    if this is a "room" there should be 3 other walls? if one of them is a hallway or closet. why not move the doorway? (maybe you could make a bigger door for humans to get in and out easier) then close up that one and make that wall solid. you have given up a large wall for such a small "doorway". I like the leaning oversize mirror idea if nothing else its less work !

  • Cha9046586 Cha9046586 on Dec 28, 2016

    I would take out the opening and replaced it with a horse stall door, that would match the other doors in the house. The bottom half would be accessible if a person needed to get in. In the bottom half of the door I put an outside animal door that way the door is always closed. I would have the door swing out left to right because of where the bed is. Good luck with that!

  • J. McMurtry J. McMurtry on Dec 30, 2016

    How fortunate your cats have you to care for them, you must love them very much. M y idea for you will require some time and detail work to complete , however it would camouflage the door by "making the door disappear". Make a template of the door to use as a stencil, and and another of the framing of the door. Then use them to create a geometric design on that entire wall. You can flip the stencil as needed to "fit" for a cohesive design. You could then Paint each panel in tonal colors of your wall color, or use complimentary colors if you wand a more striking design on this accent wall. If you prefer a more subtle design, you could simply use a water based clear poly in two different finishes, like semi-gloss and high gloss, leaving some some as matte finish, alternating them to highlight the stencils . This last way means you are using your original wall color, simply using the poly to create the shapes. With the second stencil for the framing, you could either use the same wood as used on the door to "frame " the design, or for a less expensive way, use drywall compound or a texture paste to create a raised stencil, giving the illusion of a frame. I hope I explained all this clearly. You are now using the door to camouflage itself, it will simply disappear within the overall design.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Jan 01, 2017

    Paint it the same color as the room and put some fun artwork on the wall. Won't fool the cats ( nothing does) , but will fool everyone's eyes.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Mar 26, 2022

    Paint it the same color and finish as the wall. It will disappear.

  • If you want it to blend-in, paint it the same color as the wall.

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 02, 2023

    Hi Taylor, have some fun with it! Paint it and post some notes on it like "cat cafe" or cats only no hoomans, add some decor to it as well

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    If the room is for your cats then run with that idea. Amazon sells cat silouttes that sit on the frame above the door so it looks like a cats is laying above the door.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 11, 2023

    Add metal Cat ornament that hangs over the edge of the door and lays against the wall. Add a Mural of Trees or other feature wallpaper. Add a Mirror to th door. Make a wall of Mirrors or Pictures etc.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 13, 2023

    If you don't like this make it blend in to your existing wall as much as possible. Paint it the same color as the wall or go in the other direction and make it focal point with interesting features like cedar fence planks so it looks rustic.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 25, 2023

    Hi Taylor: You can readjust the door to make it more square and put a cat door there. HAKUNA PETS Essential Dog & Cat Door, White, Small - Or put some cat decorations on the door and paint it to match the walls.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 26, 2023

    Use Wallpaper or Cat Decals on the wall.