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French doors add character and elegance to any style home. With lots of glass, they allow additional light and warmth into your home and provide a view to the outdoors. Whether your home is traditional with classic features or modern with simple, sleek lines, it’s easy to find a French door style that will enhance the beauty of your home.

Master bedroom French doors, room design by PDB Designs
Designs by Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.

Doors are no longer plain, utilitarian features used only for entering and exiting a space. In today’s homes, beautiful doors are used for interior and exterior passageways, room dividers and walls of glass that make bold design statements. Available in a wide range of sizes, styles and finishes, doors can enhance your home’s style with beautiful, custom details.

When selecting a French door style for your home, consider the best size and finish, as well as natural light and privacy needs for the space.

Designs by Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.


Doors come in a wide variety of standard sizes, as well as custom sizes for odd-shaped, narrow and over-sized openings. By increasing the size of the opening and door, you can emphasize architectural details and add height to the room. Elegant floor to ceiling doors will become part of the wall, emphasizing ceiling height and visually eliminating the horizontal lines seen with standard door heights.

Entry contemporary French doors
Designs by Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.


Available in a variety of painted or stained finishes, it’s easy to select doors that will complement any interior style. For a modern interior with a light color palette, a 1-lite or 5-lite French door in white will provide simple lines and sophisticated style. For a traditional interior with rich wood tones, a 10-lite or 15-lite French door in mahogany will add character and classic details. If you have a turn-of-the-century Craftsman-style home, a 12-lite Craftsman Prairie French door from ETO doors will provide authentic style in a beautiful oak stain.


When choosing the best door style for your home, think about how the doors will be used, and the amount of light and privacy you need for the room. Whether you’re selecting interior doors or exterior doors, you’ll find a variety of French door styles to choose from.

Swinging Doors – A French door can be hinged to swing into the room or to the outside with hinges that allow 90 degree to 360 degree swings. Doors that open into the room will take up valuable floor space unless you swing them back against an interior wall.

Sliding Doors – Sliding doors can be used for interior and exterior doors. For a patio or terrace, floor to ceiling sliding doors will create a large opening between indoors and outdoors that’s great for entertaining. For interior spaces, a sliding French door is great for room dividers, closets and private areas that need obscure glass.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.