French doors offer a very attractive addition to a room, letting in lots of natural light and making a room feel bigger. But why are they called French doors? The roots of French doors can be traced back to 16th and 17th century when France was at war with Italy. After victories by the French over the Italians, the French soldiers brought home with them some Renaissance artworks as well as some Renaissance  architectural ideas. So even though they are called ‘French’ doors, their origins are actually Italian.

Renaissance styles focused on proportion and symmetry and placed great emphasis on light. The French liked this style so incorporated this form and pattern on their doors. The French found out that a window-like door, with glass panes extending for most of its length, provided a beautiful look of regularity, proportion and illumination. This was an ideal solution in a period where man had yet to discover electricity. On overcast days, rooms could be dimly lit during the day so French doors and windows were the perfect solution to this problem. French doors and windows allowed more light to come into a room and they provided elegance and beauty, adding to the aesthetics of a house.

Early French doors were originally made from wood and wrought iron for added style. Initially individual glasses were embedded into the structure enabling light to pass through, unlike opaque materials. French doors today can be made from a range of materials like wood, uPVC or aluminium. Whatever  material a French door is made from, it does not lessen the fact that such a door is both practical and stylish. For French Doors Dublin, visit

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French doors transform a room by letting in loads of natural light, providing a view to the outdoors, and even be a design feature in themselves. You could choose to replace a wall with French doors to create an increased sense of space even when the doors are closed. When the weather is warm they can be opened up to expand your living space, make the most of your garden or patio, and allow fresh air to circulate in your home.

You might also decide to replace old French doors with new ones. The advantages of modern French doors over older ones include:

  1. Improved home security
  2. Improved energy efficiency and insulation
  3. Improved durability
  4. Reduced maintenance

French doors can also be used to create a division/connection between two rooms. The advantages of French doors to separate two connecting rooms include:

  1. Light can travel through, making both rooms feel brighter
  2. You can save on heating or cooling bills by only heating or cooling the part of the room you are using

Sliding French doors make the most of your space as you don’t need to leave space for the doors to open so you can use that space for furniture or indoor plants that accentuate the connection between the interior and the garden.

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