| The thing we don't know/understand, is the height/location of the middle
cross-piece of the "8". Obviously it would be somewhere above the equator
of the doors.
It's really up to you. The knob is typically at
about 36", so that's a good place to put OC.
But there are different kinds of panel doors. We
have old ones that are 4-panel, with the crosspiece
about 24" OC. A typical 6-panel door, in contrast,
will have the large panel at the bottom. So it's
really just a matter of what you think looks good.
I've seen designs like you're describing where
the molding forms a semi-circle around the door
Aesthetically I'd find the idea questionable.
You're pretending the door is something it's not,
which will just make it look cheap. Panel doors
can be had for about $80 apiece. Failing that,
flush doors are not bad, especially in a modern
There was a great diatribe about this in
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,
by Robert Pirsig. He goes on about what he
calls Quality, by which he means something
like dignity and elegance, as opposed to
degradation, debasing, artlessness. One of his
examples of degradation is plastic cabinets with
walnut grain contact paper. I thought he was
making a very important design point: Plastic
cabinets are not great, but they have their own
dignity. There's nothing wrong with them.
Covering them with a picture of expensive wood
grain doesn't make them look better. It just
expresses an attitude of poverty and degradation:
Our world isn't good enough on its own merits.
We feel depraved, that we need to lie about
ourselves and try to somehow be more impressive.
Kind of a philosophical point, I suppose, but that
kind of degrading design is very common and
does affect peoples' state of mind. The world of
fashion, name brands and product design is one
big display of that attitude.
A weird example of it currently is plastic doors
and shutters with wood grain texture. If it's
real wood we try not to have grain showing
through the paint. Yet with plastic doors there's
a sort of embarassment about the plastic, so
the manufacturer goes overboard in the other
direction, applying a ridiculously overdone pattern
of wood grain, as though that might somehow lend
some kind of authenticity to the plastic. But the
plastic was always authentic in its own right. It's
just not authentic wood. With the fake wood grain
it becomes debased junk, no good for any use.