A home that really stands out is a home that boasts some good architectural additions. You notice the built-in cabinets in older houses. You acknowledge the crown moulding in a newly finished dining room. You smile at the dutch door on the laundry room of that new home you’re looking at. Before you hang a picture or paint a wall, these elements are what give a house it’s personality. But some homes don’t come with that personality. Some homes are from cookie cutter models with the same basic floor plan and basic elements. You know, four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a formal living room and no front porch to speak of. When you’re living in a cookie cutter home, you need to add your own personality to make your house come alive. One of the easiest ways to do that is to replace a door or two. That’s right, replace your boring office door with a french door and bring your office space some personality. Or maybe put french doors on your back door entry. Check out these 12 ways to upgrade your home with french doors and find your next weekend project.
Let’s talk exterior doors. If you have a back door that leads to a living space like the kitchen or dining room, it will definitely help you if you make those french doors. All those glass panes will let in such sunshine into your living area which will make the whole family happier. So it’s a win for everyone.
Are you looking to upgrade your sunroom this summer? Consider replacing windows with french doors for two reasons. One, you gain some architectural interest without losing light. Two, think how easy entertaining becomes when you can throw the doors wide on those summer nights. Sign us up.
Thus far, we’ve seen some beautiful white french doors. But not all french doors have to be white. In fact, it might give your home a little extra push to paint your french doors a color. That teal blue that you were thinking about for your current front door? The same appeal applies here. Though gray is a good option for color-phobes.
When your home is painted white on the inside, it really helps to give it some major focal points to anchor the rest of the space. Paint your french doors black for a bold farmhouse look. No matter how to switch out the rest of the color accents in your home, your french doors will always look chic and beautiful.
Are you ready to switch things up even more? Many french doors you’ll find are made of wood… but that doesn’t mean they have to be. By definition, a french door is a door with multiple panes of glass. So install some black iron french doors in your home to find that sleek modern look, whether you’re inside or outside.
Another option for unique french doors is to play with panes. Rather than the traditional grid, opt for a variety of large and small glass panes to give your french door a totally different look with the same classic feel. They would certainly be easier to clean.
Of course your home must have rounded windows for this design to be feasible. But if you have that blessing, why not use your space to the fullest and get custom french doors with rounded tops to replace your windows. You’ll enjoy the ability to fling them open on nice days and let the breeze stream in with the sun.
It’s time to talk about hardware. French doors are made to be looked at so basic hardware is just letting you down. By replacing the brass hardware with black, you can choose between the modern and the farmhouse styles. Whichever fits best in your home, your french doors will look more complete with their new black hardware.
Of course some brass hardware isn’t bad. If you want to go brass, look for the real stuff. The authentic stuff. The knobs and handles that look like they’ve been turned by the founding fathers themselves. Your french doors will never forgive you for anything less.
You do know that french doors aren’t only for exterior doors, right? It would take you maybe an hour to replace an interior door with a french door. Think about the places that might benefit from the glass panes like a pantry or linen closet. You definitely get bonus points if your french door is vintage like the one above.
You don’t have to find vintage to slam dunk your french doors though. With a little bit of digging, you could score a set of french doors with a different and fun pattern like triangles. While they would be too much for an exterior door, they would be perfect for your office.
Some interior rooms would benefit from a set of french doors but there isn’t really a good place for the doors to open. Instead of swinging open or shut, why not make your french doors into pocket doors? You’ll save space but keep the charm that french doors provide to any room.