French doors, which are also sometimes to referred to as French windows, are a very popular choice of door. Their ability to let in large volumes of light combined with their attractive appearance makes them a desirable feature in many homes. Whilst these days both contemporary as well as traditional designs are available, the origins of the French door can be traced back to many centuries ago.
Indeed, at the beginning of the 16th century France was at war with Italy. Whilst at war, the French were exposed to many new art and architectural ideas as during this period Italy had been experiencing a Renaissance. In particular, elements such as geometry, regularity, symmetry and proportion were taken back to France as well as the idea that light could be included more in architectural designs.
This way of thinking led to the creation of French doors.
How did French doors get their name?
Not only did the doors make use of the Renaissance style in terms of design, but also in the use of light. By incorporating glass from ceiling to floor, the French door allowed more natural light to enter the room than ever before. This was incredibly important and innovative at the time as there was no electricity and it meant people could have light in their homes for longer. It also allowed light to shine into places such as hallways that did not have any windows.
XL Joinery are based in West Yorkshire and are a leading supplier of interior and external wooden doors and associated products. We have been in operation for more than 25 years and during this time have helped homeowners transform their properties into spaces they love. To find out more about the French doors we supply, or any other products in our range, please get in touch on 01924 350 500.