French doors are undeniably a charming addition to any home, from suburban bungalows to uptown high-rises. Apart from lending a classic feel to the home, they also freshen up the interior with stunning views and incredible daylighting.
But what makes French doors French? Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma, your door and windows replacement expert, sheds light on the history of French doors:
The Origins of French Doors
The history of French doors can be traced back to the French Renaissance. Back in the 17th century, open floor spaces became a trend in homes. Architecture placed an emphasis on symmetry, proportions and regularity. Natural lighting also became desirable.
To bring more light into the interior, glass French doors replaced wooden doors between two rooms or they were drilled into the bulkhead. Originally, they were designed as large windows installed in small openings leading to balconies.
Like most architectural elements of the Renaissance, these French-style windows and doors became a hit in Great Britain and eventually in the United States. They were typically seen in bourgeois houses of New York, where they were sometimes turned into stained-glass windows with elaborate floral or animal patterns.
Nowadays, you can find an extensive range of decorative options to achieve the look and feel you want for your French doors. They can blend with just about any area of your home, though they are still popular for outdoor areas.
Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma: Your Trusted Patio Doors Provider
Combine old world elegance with modern technology with high-quality French doors from Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma. We offer a vast selection of colors and finishes to complement the theme of your living space. We equip them with durable frames and advanced Low-E glass for long-lasting performance and excellent energy efficiency.
We also provide an impressive range of replacement windows, including casement, double-hung and picture windows. Contact us today at (405) 212-5936 to learn more about our products and services. We serve residents in Oklahoma City and nearby areas.