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What is an Interior French Door?

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  • Written By: Ken Black
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 10 June 2018
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An interior French door, simply stated, is nothing more than a French door used to separate two interior rooms in a building, perhaps a home or commercial building. Whether for the interior or exterior, French doors share some of the same features, including glass panes that often go the length of the door, or nearly the full length of the door. An interior French door is one of the most popular styles of doors available for a number of reasons, including its ability to create an inviting atmosphere and let light pass through.

While many doors are meant to provide visual privacy, there may be times when a door is simply meant for other reasons, such as to cut down sound from another area of the building or home. When this is a primary concern, an interior French door may be a good option. In some cases, the door may be frosted or curtains could even be added to protect privacy, or simply add another style element.

Even though there are very few functional benefits to an interior French door, they do make a statement on style. That style choice is the reason many are chosen. Options that add to that style element include beveled glass and the previously-mentioned frosted glass. The beveled glass door can separate the light spectrum, adding a prism effect and creating various colors as the light passes through.

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One popular option for French doors is the double door. Whether it is an exterior French door or interior French door, these doors also tend to make a statement. In some cases, the double doors are designed to arch where they meet at the top, creating another unusual element for an entryway. In some cases, the double door may be simply a style element and one side may have no functionality at all. In other words, it may be that only one side swings open.

In addition to being a popular choice in the home, the interior French door is also a popular choice in office environments. This allows for a more open atmosphere even though there may be times when the door is closed. It also allows secretaries and other workers to know who may be available and who may not be.

Many companies offer interior French door models in many different styles. Choosing such a door is simply the first step. In addition to the styles of glass, there are natural tones versus painted doors, straight or arched tops, heights and widths also to consider.

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