“There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin.”
Did you know that Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, endings, doors, and transitions, was honoured by the Romans who built their doors to swing inside, signifying a “welcome” to Janus and guests? History is replete with such instances and traditions.
Doors have been an important part of our civilisation from time immemorial. Think of the numerous door traditions around the world – the door-to-door “trick-or-treats” during Halloween, hanging mistletoes during Christmas, Hindu household tying mango leaves above their front doors during festivals, etc. And French doors are one such example.
Did you know that the early settlers of Louisiana brought the French doors to America? Originated in the 17th century, French doors were large windows before they were used as doors.
The ‘French’ In French doors
For starters, they originated in France, which is why they’re called the “French doors”. A product of Renaissance-inspired architectural idea; they were designed to provide easy access to balconies and patios. One could open French doors and step out into the balcony or patio easily.
In built, the French doors were usually large, constructed using wrought iron and wood at first. But later, glass was incorporated in their designs to enhance indoor lighting conditions. Today, French doors are available in various styles. There’s more liberty to choose the desired panels, metal, and design for such doors.
What are French doors?
American Heritage Dictionary defines French doors as “A door of light construction, usually in pairs, comprising glass panes that extend up to most of its length. They can also be referred to as French windows.”
French doors consist of two sections that pivot on hinges, mounted on the opposite sides of the door frames, opening and closing in the middle. They can be constructed using single or individual panes of glass that are framed within the muntins. French doors open up the entire doorway with no centre post in between.
Here’s a list of four things you probably didn’t know about French doors.
They Can Double Up as Windows
After all, French doors were once windows only. They function similar to windows due to the presence of different transparent or translucent panels. They can double up as large-sized double-casement windows to maximise light ingress indoors.
Generally, French doors that are used as windows don’t have a central mullion or divider. This allows them to have a wider unobstructed opening. Their frame usually requires weather strips at floor level and at the door’s meeting point to avoid water seepage.
Balance Indoor-Outdoor Living
Like expansive spaces? You’ll love French doors! Firstly, they offer easy indoor-outdoor accessibility. Once they’re swung open, the entire doorway opens up, creating an expansive setup. This establishes a seamless indoor and outdoor connection.
Secondly, since they allow natural light, ventilation, and 24×7 outside views, they provide a sense of outdoor-indoor living; ideal for those who wish to stay connected with the glorious outdoors at all times.
Their Style Flexibility is No Joke
French doors tend to be symmetrical in design, making them compatible with various décor styles. Whether it is modern, medieval, retro, or contemporary, French doors complement them all.
They offer seamless outside views. Taking advantage of this, architects and interior designers often install them to incorporate outdoor views with the home layout. Besides, they can be constructed using different materials like aluminium, timber, or uPVC, further enhancing their style flexibility.
Keep the Indoors Brighter
French doors let in a remarkable amount of sunlight. This makes the interiors seem brighter, something that artificial lighting cannot offer. Moreover, the shadows created by the door when it’s closed can add a dramatic touch to your interior space as well.
With steady streams of natural light flowing in, your space also receives a virtual enhancement. French doors can make it look extensive and open than it is.
Get Inspired with These French Door Ideas
French doors are often used for accessing patios and balconies. However, they work just as well in the interiors. Nowadays, semi-open floor plans are in vogue. And front doors are suitable for it. Use them as room dividers to connect your kitchen and living space or in the hallways. They’ll improve the lighting conditions as well.
Internal French doors can work well for twin access points. Especially for open plans, they can replace walls and offer similar functionality. Install one door in front of the other to create a smooth eye line. This will make the layout seem more expansive.
Be it internal or external applications, French doors are suitable for both of them. Benefits of premium style, enhanced lighting, optimum ventilation, and energy-efficiency set them apart from other door styles. Best of all, these doors are “welcoming”, offering seamless access to the users.
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