French doors: features and benefits
To give the room lightness and refined charm, you can use a special type of door. This article will tell you about the French doors, their features and advantages.
What is it?
French door - the type of construction, characterized by maximum glazing. Once such doors stood in the rich houses of France. They shared a living room and a patio (cozy patio). Sitting in the room, people could admire the picturesque flowering garden, fountains and green paths. The design retains a fine line, filling the room with natural light and giving the interior a sophistication.
Today, the French style is available to everyone. Such doors are used both in apartments and country houses. They can connect the living room with the kitchen, open the view to the balcony or go to the terrace.
Often this type of door construction is installed complete with French windows.
The latter have a similar design and occupy space from the ceiling to the floor. Such design solutions allow not only to make the room brighter, but also create a unique lightness and a sense of spaciousness.
Modern French doors are not just beautiful, they are functional, practical and have many advantages:
- Style. Such designs make the situation more original, emphasize the dignity of the room. French doors look great in any interior. They can harmoniously fit into the classics, and modern, and even in hi-tech tech style. The many variations of glazing and shades of the profile simplifies the selection, allowing you to find the option that is ideally suited for each case.
- Visual effect Translucent doors not only fill the room with light. They visually expand the space, create the effect of lack of boundaries.
- Convenience of operation. These doors are no less convenient than conventional designs. In addition, you can choose any type of opening that is suitable for your interior.
- Practicality. Glasses for such doors are made according to a special technology. They are characterized by high strength, can withstand severe loads, not even forming cracks. In this case, French models are available in two versions. "Cold" doors protect only from light drafts and dust. "Warm" designs are equipped with excellent sound and thermal insulation properties.
There are only two drawbacks to the French doors. The first is the need for regular care. Dust is often deposited on glass surfaces, fingerprints and other dirt appear. However, modern specialized tools allow you to clean the glass in minutes, without making any effort.
The second drawback is quite a high price. Such a purchase can not be called budget. Although if you buy the door with a calculation for several years, then this minus becomes not so significant.
French doors can be divided into several types:
- Input. As input such constructions are often used by owners of country houses. This technique allows you to enjoy the views of nature without leaving your home, creates a unique atmosphere and lets the sun rays into the room. For additional security in this case, a door lock is installed.Sometimes reliability is enhanced by a decorative grill that descends at night.
Entrance designs are tight, they are made of fiberglass. Appearance of products turns out beautiful and modern. At the same time, reliable protection against extraneous noise and heat preservation is provided. In addition, the synthetic material is resistant to temperature changes and humidity.
It does not deform and does not lose its attractiveness for many years.
- Doors to the loggia. French door designs that open onto a loggia are similar to entrance doors. They are made of the same materials and the same technology. Tightness and thermal insulation of balcony models are at a decent level. And their appearance is able to transform the room beyond recognition.
- Interroom. The doors that separate the interior are usually made of glass and wood. Such a performance looks especially elegant and sophisticated. The choice of such doors is appropriate in any premises, but this option is especially successful for the decoration of small rooms.
By design features French doors are divided into:
- Swing. Classic French doors - swinging models. They are ideal for spacious halls, are easy to install and elegant look. As for the stylistic orientation, this option will perfectly fit into the classic interior, and the romantic Provence, and the original modernity.
Usually the swing structures are installed in the living room. Hospitable wide open folds create a special comfort and speak about the impeccable taste of the homeowner.
- Sliding. This view is used in modern interiors. Sliding designs look original and stylish. In addition, they allow you to save useful space, because they do not require additional space to open doors (as opposed to swing doors). In this case, when opening the canvas easily slides sideways, without making any noise. If the door has several wings, they can “disperse” in different directions.
- Folding. This variety opens and closes, folding like an accordion. This option also saves space by unobtrusively zoning a room. Folded doors almost completely free the doorway, which increases the convenience of their operation.
Such designs fit well with the style of Provence, look original in modern and mixed styles.
Choice of design
There are many options for the design of French doors. You can choose the option with small “windows” or a single glass sheet that occupies the entire area of the structure. The original choice will be a model with a combination of large and small "windows".
The glass itself can be completely transparent. This is the classic version. If you want to create a more intimate atmosphere, choose a door with frosted or tinted windows. And stained glass windows and various patterns can turn the door structure into a real work of art.
As for the color profile, there are also no restrictions. Traditionally, the color of the French doors is white. The models made in this color look especially gentle and airy. However, if you wish, you can choose another option.
Natural wood shades (beige, light and dark brown tones) will fit well into the classic interior. For the design in the style of Provence, you can choose a door with a soft blue, pale green or light gray profile.
Modern directions allow for a contrasting black, metallic and even bright colors. It all depends on the style of the interior and personal preferences.
About what curtains you can choose for the decoration of French doors, see the following video.