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French doors, and other varieties of double doors, have become a mainstay in home decor and interior design. Traditionally, they’ve been used to transition an indoor area with an outdoor one. But, the role of French doors and double doors has expanded to connect one indoor space with another. How can French doors and double doors in general help you to transform your spaces?

Writer and interior design enthusiast Alyson Duncan is here to shed some light on classic, yet modern, French doors.

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In the past French doors (or indeed any double doors) were primarily put to use as exterior doors providing entry to balconies and patios. However, like all fashions, things change and it is now becoming increasingly common to put French doors to use in the interior of your home.

French doors history

French doors originally emerged early in the 16th century when the French adopted a number of Renaissance architectural styles from Italy. The Renaissance style placed particular importance on symmetry and geometry, echoing the ancient Roman style – hence the use of double doors. There was a great deal of emphasis placed on light which led to more creative and unexpected use of windows. This included incorporating windows – or glass panels – into doors.

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Doors were originally constructed from solid wood and used wrought iron for style as well as structure, but the French began to insert windows into the structure to provide additional light which was particularly important prior to the discovery of electricity. French doors were traditionally made up of a series of small windows held in a timber frame – creating that distinctive lattice look that we see in modern French doors. In fact, many suppliers now use a single pane of glass covered by a lattice of wood to simulate many smaller panes of glass! In terms of French doors for exterior use, the more modern versions are now constructed from PCV or aluminum, although wood is still used by some manufacturers.

French doors and double doors in the modern home

It is fairly common these days for architects and builders to include French doors in homes and commercial buildings in order to provide additional light, or to give a little sense of grandeur or historical value. With this in mind, it is of no surprise that in recent years we have seen an increase in the number of interior French doors being seen.

Making use of interior double doors is an exciting way to make a transition between living areas. Not only can you bring in additional light by way of the glass panelling, but double doors are also a great way to merge two rooms together. Imagine you are entertaining, by opening the double doors which separate your lounge from yur dining room, you can double the amount of space you have. The wider entrance allows you to treat the two spaces as a single room.

French doors – a modern classic

French interior doors are a modern classic, they can add a touch of warm sophistication to any room and is extremely versatile. It is possible to find a design to fit either a modern or a traditional style. If you do not want to opt for the traditional design of several square windows, then you could opt for a more contemporary look with long vertical or horizontal panels. You might even want to consider choosing frosted glass for the windows, which can offer the additional light without compromising on your privacy.

There is a reason why French doors have not only stood the test of time but have evolved and made their way inside our homes instead of being kept on the outside. These interior doors can provide a glamorous and dramatic entrance to any room while also adding natural light and contemporary style.

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Thanks, Alyson!

Alyson Duncan is a social media manager for 27estore.com, a Las Vegas based supplier of kitchen cabinets and interior doors. She is always looking at creative ideas on how the various products offered can be used for stunning interior design.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

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