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How French Doors can transform any space

By Chloe Boston on 20th November 2018

With interiors trends continuously changing, and a constant influx of new design products and furniture on the market, it can be hard for homemakers to create a space which is timeless yet trendy.

The answer? Simple changes to the basic structure of a room or property. Though homeowners might be tempted to implement passing design trends straight into their homes, a longer-term solution is to ensure the canvas is inspiring and interesting within itself.

If you are looking for a straightforward way to transform any space within your home, consider installing some custom-designed French Doors. Most commonly chosen for the abundance of natural light that streams through them, French doors are a popular choice for people trying to open up the space within their homes, or to bring the outside in.

But French doors should be recognised as a design feature within themselves, connecting room to room and customisable with any number of features, including the style of the glass panes and the frame. Here are four ways French doors can transform any space.

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French doors should be recognised as a design feature within themselves, connecting room to room and customisable with any number of features, including the style of the glass panes and the frame

Making the most of your space

French doors are a popular choice for internal use as well as for the exterior of the house. In addition to opening up the space thanks to the extra flow of light, with glass-paned doors joining separate rooms your home can be developed into a more versatile area.

Thanks to the modernised mechanisms for doors nowadays, no space needs to be sacrificed in order for doors to open up into a room, as you can instead opt for sliding doors or louvered French doors to keep your floor space free.

Letting the light in

It’s a given that, when used externally, the biggest benefit of installing French doors is the extra light allowed into the house. Effectively functioning as windows, even on the gloomiest of days your space will be more airy and brighter, transforming the way your furnishings appear with the abundance of natural light instead of artificial light.

Replacing windows with a set of French doors can be an effective way of gaining more light within your home and a great way to change the overall atmosphere.

When looking out onto a garden, terrace, or even a small balcony for those living in apartments, French doors are an obvious option if you are trying to bring the outside in. The enhanced view onto your garden or green area can be emphasised by the placement of a few houseplants placed by the doors, and when the weather warms up you can simply open the doors to expand your living space and enjoy the fresh air circulating within your home.

Even if used internally between two connecting rooms, this style of door will allow copious amounts of light to filter between the two spaces.

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French doors are a popular choice for internal use as well as for the exterior of the house

Improved security and insulation

It is a common misconception that installing French doors reduces home security, however this is not the case. Modern doors ensure improved security when used externally, thanks in part to the numerous customisable features that are often available. These include built-in security locks, sophisticated espagnolette locking systems, and fully adjustable hinge systems for high quality security that will allow you to rest easy both while you’re at work and while you sleep.

As well as improving security, new styles of French doors also offer better insulation with the added perk of reduced heating bills! More and more often, products are now being designed with the UK’s changing weather conditions in mind. This ensures homes remain well-insulated even in the coldest depths of winter which is when wooden doors are prone to shrinking, keeping you and your family warm when the weather takes its toll.

Up your design

No longer are French doors limited to the classic design of white wooden frames and straightforward glass window panes.

A myriad of door specialists now provide outstanding quality in the products they custom-design, alongside the newest technology for doors. Choose from solid oak frames, or alternatively, door frames with a hardwood core topped with an oak veneer. As companies work tirelessly to bring the best security options to homes, new technology is developed, such as frames with oak on the inside and aluminium on the outside; or thermally-broken aluminium bi-folding doors.

Image at the very top of the article credit: Clearview Home Improvements Ltd.