These Interior French Doors Will Invite Light Into Any Space

Updated 02/22/18

For a chic, timeless way to brighten and open up any space, think about incorporating interior French doors into your design or playing up existing framework. A mainstay of New York apartments, these windowed doors can completely transform a cramped room into a vast space that smoothly transitions to the next living area. Often a connection between dining and living rooms, interior French doors can also serve as a highly designed division between a bathroom and a bedroom; an airy, enclosed patio and a kitchen; or a bedroom and a living room.

No matter your home's décor, this functional design element can accent any space, from contemporary interiors and edgy apartments to traditional homes and shabby-chic spaces.

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Sean Litchfield

Here, a crisp white framework blends smoothly into the same shade of white paint coating the walls and ceiling to accentuate the brightness of the room. These interior French doors create a chic partition between the bedroom and living room in this New York City apartment, making the small space appear much larger.

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Tessa Neustadt

Peer inside this beachy light-filled cottage fit for spacious interior French doors. The light wooden floorboards look divine juxtaposed with the cream framework of the doors, which serve as a connection between this cozy living room and the rest of the house. All of the soft, neutrals blend together beautifully and can be seen perfectly through the glass windows of the door.

Monica Wang Photography

For an upgraded version of traditional interior French doors, transform a division between the living room and dining room with clear sliding doors. Rather than acting as a partition between the two spaces, the doors allow the room rooms to flow together.

Lisa Sherry Interieurs

Interior French doors can create a sitting room filled with natural light. It's a great way to offer privacy and quiet without completing closing off the two rooms from one another. This is also a great solution for a home office or a spare room.

Douglas Friedman; DESIGN: Ashe + Leandro

Make a bold statement with black-trimmed interior French doors situated beneath a windowed arch. This entryway looks stunning from any angle and offers a unique first impression of the home. Despite the small space, the interior doors make it feel spacious and sprawling.

Katie Martinez Design

Exterior French doors are a common feature for a back patio, but this home's unique atrium-like enclosed patio is treated to interior French doors. This seating area, complete with an accent rug, mirror, and ample dining space acts as a patio without being vulnerable to the usual weather and wear of an outdoor space. The French doors allow for the sheltered patio to feel as if it were outside.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

This formal dining room flows into the rest of the house thanks to a traditional set of interior French doors. It's the perfect setup for a dinner party meant to transition from a seated meal to casual cocktails in the living room, and the bar cart in the corner tells us this home was meant for entertaining.

Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design

An ethereal, airy dining room is accented by floor-to-ceiling windows and interior French doors to lead one from the table to the next room. Bursting with light, the layout of the room would make eating at this table feel like being outside in the fresh air. 

Douglas Friedman/Trunk Archive

For a truly unique and ambitious design project, take interior French doors to the next level by creating a windowed library as seen in this space. While books are stacked on an entire wall of shelves, the remaining three walls boast clear glass windows with a set of white interior French doors for the option of being alone with a captivating book away from the rest of the house.

Miller Vang; DESIGN: Ashe + Leandro

A luxurious bath wouldn't be complete without this serene setup. Bold black interior French doors sit between a thick black frame to allow for a private, relaxing experience. Oh, and the contemporary spherical light pendant is equally stunning. You could spend hours blissfully unaware of what was happening beyond these doors.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Finally, these double-hinged interior French doors make a statement in this home filled with both traditional and contemporary design elements. The colorful rug and modern chairs stand in contrast to the architectural art and the arching wooden doors that separate the dining room from a home office. It's a striking example of how interior French doors can truly fit in with any home décor.

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