French doors are a classic, one of those renovated classics that remain a trend season after season. Proof of this is their prominence in well-known decoration and renovation programs such as Hilary Farr’s (Love it or List it) or the Scott twins (Property Brothers). 

 And why is it that French doors never go out of fashion? Because they are synonymous with elegance and nobility, but they are also great allies to increase the entrance of light at home.

Specifically, a French door is a tempered glass door with wooden slats structured in the form of a grid. That is why french doors are the ideal element to separate common spaces such as the hallway, the living room or the garden, because thanks to the glass, they allow light to pass through and illuminate the whole house, connecting the spaces. 

Origin of French doors: are they really French?

The answer is no, the origin of French doors is not France. They receive this name because it was the French who popularized them during the Renaissance. Their real origin is earlier, dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, especially in Italy. 

However, the French recovered this structure in the 17th century, when they began to incorporate glass in their architectural structures with the aim of increasing the entry of light into the interiors, which was a great revolution. This made the use of these doors popular and by the end of the century it spread to other European countries. 

In reality, they did not originally function as doors, but were large windows that allowed passage to balconies and they were also called portes-fenêtres, which means doors with windows. Over time they evolved into what we know today as French doors. Today, they retain their aesthetics but their uses have expanded. 

Uses of French doors

French doors are visually simple and help create a sense of order, rhythm and elegance, which is why they are often installed in passageways. Generally, they are used at the entrances of balconies or gardens to give way to the outside. They are also common in other rooms of the house, and even in closets, consoles and cabinets as a decorative element. 

Indoors, as access to the living room, hallway or even the kitchen, they are ideal as they open up spaces without compromising the privacy of more private areas. 

In the case of exteriors, French doors are perfect as they connect the exterior with the interior and allow safeguarding privacy by using curtains or blinds. 

For furniture, they are usually protagonists in cabinets, cupboards or kitchen or dining room cabinets to give a sophisticated and fresh touch. 

They are perfect for maintaining continuity between spaces, even when closed. French doors adapt to any decorative style, adapting their designs and the materials used. In this sense, French doors with a lot of symmetry are usually protagonists in more contemporary interiors while curved shapes and moldings are more popular in rustic houses. 

Types of French doors

Traditional French doors have a completely transparent wood and glass body, although the materials used are extended to give a different look to your home decorative style. 

Thus, aluminum is usually a good substitute for wood, especially in exterior spaces, due to its resistance and low maintenance requirements. 

For its part, the glass is usually laminated or tempered to make them more durable, but it is also common to find French doors with lacquered glass to be used in open outdoor spaces and preserve privacy. 

Whatever the material chosen, white is usually the winner when choosing the design of French doors as it brings elegance and distinction, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness generated by the greater entry of light. 

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