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Ready to improve your home’s indoor-outdoor connection? French doors may be the missing link you need. “French patio doors are the perfect way to lighten and brighten a space while adding architectural interest to a room. Instead of solid doors, they act as windows and let light in and enhance views,” says the designate. Joshua Smith. “I use them everywhere!”
Mark Lavender, director of Mr. Interiors Lavender, totally agrees: “They just create such a classic look,” he says. “We like to use them as windows in living rooms, dining rooms or as doors in areas leading to a terrace” – or, in the case of the photo above, Juliette balconies.
“They’re a great way to create an open flow between a home’s interior and exterior,” says Brad Ramsayfounder of the eponymous design studio.
Looking to incorporate the sleek door style into your home? Keep scrolling for inspiration from a dozen design experts!
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“The style of French window you choose should be consistent with the overall style of your home,” says the designer Marc Lavender. “We tend to go with a simpler version with clean lines that gives a timeless feel.”
Choose the perfect paint
Joshua Smith finished these French doors in Benjamin Moore White Dove (a perennial designer favorite). “The color changes throughout the day depending on the light,” he notes.
Consider the exterior facade
For the French doors of this 1930s Spanish Revival in Hollywood Hills, Smith painted the exterior side Benjamin Moore Middleberry Brown to add “more richness to the creamy exterior and terracotta-tiled roof,” he explains. -he.
Do you think patio doors are a must in the traditional style? Think again: a four-panel French door connects the living room and the patio of this contemporary residence in John Liu.
Frame with the right drapery
“Embracing the indoor-outdoor lifestyle, this pair of French doors leads to an adjacent outdoor living room and a poolside lounge,” reveals the Los Angeles designer Stefani Stein. “Light-filtering linen draperies and wooden doors lend charm and character.”
French doors draw visitors into the pool area of this Mediterranean-style residence in Calabasas, California, designed by Nicky Kehoe. Their flexibility ensures that the pool/guesthouse can be enclosed while still feeling connected to the outdoor space.
Rounded French doors help lend this garden seating area a Studio lifestyle a clean and modern look.
French doors line the entire wall of this vast room in Jessica Lagrangecreating a unique reception space that allows guests to stroll between the living room and the outdoor patio.
In another Lagrange project, a wall of slender French doors painted in glossy lead white in the warm and elegant dining room.
An abundance of sunshine pours in through the stacked windows atop the French doors in this double-height room designed by Living with Lolo.
In the designer’s outdoor dining area michelle prentice‘s home in Beaufort, SC, the French doors are painted the same creamy white Glidden as the exterior walls.
Keep them inside!
They don’t have to stick to the patio, either: “The light streaming through the breakfast room of this Piedmont, California home is the best in the house,” says the designer. Caitlin Jones Ghajar. “We used French doors to provide sonic privacy to the adjacent den, while inviting in all that beautiful light.”
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