French doors are beloved for their light, almost airy construction and their ability to bring more natural light into the home. They can instantly give any space a more “open” feeling and provide a divider between rooms without sacrificing visibility. Whatever it is you love about french doors, here are five simple ways to bring them into your home.
Create Easy Access to the Outdoors
A pair of exterior french doors leading out to a patio or another outdoor space make for an easy way to connect the indoors to the outdoors. When open, they offer plenty of fresh air; when they’re closed, the glass window panes still allow for a great view of nature. If you’re entertaining guests, simply leave both doors open and allow people to flow in and out.
Bring More Sunlight into the Front Room
Increase the amount of natural lighting in your living room, family room, or any other space by choosing a french door for your primary front entrance. By acting as a nearly floor-to-ceiling window, the door can significantly boost the natural light provided by your existing windows. If you’re concerned about privacy, you might choose frosted glass to obscure the view from outside.
Mix and Match Styles
Have fun exploring the ways in which different styles, colors, materials, and hardware might work with your home’s existing exterior or interior design. If you prefer a more traditional look, you might match your doors to the rest of the overall aesthetic, pairing wood types, window styles, and hardware materials.
Alternatively, you could mix it up with a contrasting color, material, or architectural style. Elegant, decorative iron doors with lots of scrollwork and flourish could look amazing on an otherwise modern home with lots of clean lines and angles.
Take Advantage of Different Hinge and Slider Options
Depending on the size and purpose of the space you’re working with, you may benefit more from one type of action than another. French doors are often hinged and made to swing outward or inward at the center as a pair. There are other options, however: If you don’t necessarily need the doors to open into a single space, you might choose a center-hinge that provides the feeling of separate doors. Or, if there’s not enough space for a swinging door, you might use a slider.
Get Creative with Custom Designs
If you really want to make a statement with your french doors but can’t find a style that suits your tastes, consider working with a company that offers custom design services (like we do!). From the materials and windowpane design to the colors and the hardware, a custom design gives you full freedom to create something eye-catching that fits your home and purposes perfectly.
If you’re interested in custom wrought iron french doors, Universal Iron Doors has the expertise and design prowess to make your vision a reality. Call us today at (818) 771-1003 to learn more or request a free quote.