Friday August 11, 2017

4 French Door Design Ideas that Add Style to Your Space

by Joann Whetstine

Oh, la, la! We love French patio doors, do you? Originating in France in the 17th century, French doors were basically extended windows that went all the way to the floor and let out onto a balcony or garden area. They allowed more light into the home and evolved over time into one of the more decorative door options.

French doors today typically feature a thicker, lower rail at the bottom and are offered in sliding or swinging styles.  There can be anywhere from 1 to 4 panels and sidelites can also be added for additional lighting and venting.


1) Sliding French Patio Door

This image highlights a sliding French patio door in an open concept floorplan. The wide panels make it easy to access the outdoor living space and it's also great for entertaining. See Tuscany® Series sliding vinyl French patio doors.


In Swing French Patio Door

2) In-Swing French Patio Door

This beautiful in-swing patio door is painted vinyl in the premium color of Classic Brown. Matching casement windows act as sidelights to provide additional light and air flow. Picture windows flank each side of the door for more natural light and give a cohesive look to the exterior. See Tuscany® Series in-swing vinyl French patio doors.

Out-Swing French Patio Door

3) Out-Swing French Patio Door

Open concept living spaces are in demand for new construction and home remodeling projects. This room benefits from very high ceilings and an expansive wall of windows which frames the view. The perimeter grid pattern conveys a contemporary look, which is echoed through the interior décor. See UltraTM Series out-swing patio doors.

Fiberglass in swing French patio door with black frame

4) Fiberglass In-Swing French Patio Door

This two panel, fiberglass in-swing French patio door offers a sophisticated look to the master bedroom. The Black Bean interior matches the exterior which is a very popular trend in home design. The room feels fresh and modern and the tranquil color scheme is perfect for a relaxing bedroom space. See Ultra Series French in swing patio doors.

We hope you are inspired by these four patio door options and you’ve gathered some design ideas on ways to add style to your space. Tell us your decorating tips in the comments below.

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The images you shared is very nice and looking classic. I am also thinking to install patio doors in my house. Could you please suggest me which one is best suited for my house?

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Hi Darlington - Try our "Help Me Choose" tool to find a patio door that could be perfect for your home:
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