French Door Window Treatments
French doors, with their wide frames and top-to-bottom glass, are an elegant way to bring natural light into your home, whether they open to a patio or other outdoor area or lead from one room to another.
If your French doors open to the exterior of your home, however, you may want to cover them for privacy when you want it as well as light control when you need it.
You can order almost any Hunter Douglas window treatment to fit French doors, giving you a variety of options to complement your décor. Here are some of the more popular choices.
Cellular shades are excellent for French doors, as they’re extremely energy-efficient and provide good light control.
Duette® Honeycomb Shades are among the most energy-efficient window treatments available. They trap air in distinct pockets, creating outstanding insulation at the window. Unique to Duette shades is the TrackGlide™ system, which keeps shades in place when you open and close the doors. Aluminum tracks and detachable side-rail clips attach to the window surface or outside the window with adhesive, eliminating the need for screws (and holes).
The Top-Down/Bottom-Up option (which can be installed on TrackGlide) is also a great choice for Duette shades on French doors. Like its name implies, you can open the shade from the top down, bottom up, or in a combination of the two, for just the right amount of natural light and privacy.
If you have a coastal home with French doors, shutters, which evoke a beachy vibe, fit right in. Shutters attach securely to French doors, so they’ll never shift when doors open and close, and their adjustable louvres are available in a number of slat sizes (the wider the slat, the more open the view).
Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters were made to take the heat. Their UV-resistant material stands up to intense sunlight and moisture, so they’ll never warp, crack, fade, chip or peel—making them ideal for damp or humid spaces.
Elegant and airy, window shadings let you easily manage light and privacy at the same time, while adding a subtle flourish to a room.
Consider Silhouette® Window Shadings, which have unique S-shaped vanes that float between two sheer panels, diffusing light. To block views from the outside, simply tilt the vanes.
The tilt-only, low-profile system for Silhouette is 60 percent smaller than the standard tilt-only system, so it fits perfectly with French doors, allowing you to open them more easily without a headrail hitting the wall. If you have small children or pets, you can go cord-free with an optional tilt wand.
Roman and Roller Shades
Roman shades may not come to mind when you think of window coverings for French doors, but their soft folds pair well with the clean lines of the doors. Plus, the flat construction of Roman shades means their fabric fits nicely behind the door handles.
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades are available with full or flat folds in an array of fabrics and colors, as well as opacities. You won’t find exposed rear cords on Vignette shades, which makes its aesthetics all the more appealing.
Another shade type that may not come to mind when thinking about French doors is the roller shade. Roller shades have come a long way since their inception, having transformed from a basic, utilitarian window covering to a fashionable way to give windows a clean, contemporary look.
If you like the style of roller shades, but want the energy-efficiency of a cellular shade, then Sonnette® Cellular Roller Shades are for you. Sonnette fabrics are attractive, durable and available in palettes from neutrals to vibrant hues.
Blinds are another good option for French doors, as you can easily adjust the slats to let light in or create more privacy. If you like the look of wood, you might want to opt for faux wood instead of real hardwood. Faux wood is more durable and won’t fade or warp—so it may be a better option for French doors that get a lot of direct sunlight.
EverWood® Alternative Blinds, for instance, are guaranteed not to fade, warp, yellow or bow, so you can enjoy the rich appearance of hardwood with none of the upkeep. They’re available in a variety of finishes as well as solid colors.
Blinds for French doors are also available in aluminum—another durable material that withstands daily wear and tear. That makes them great for high-traffic areas or homes with kids or pets.
If you’re leaning toward aluminum blinds, consider Modern Precious Metals® Aluminum Blinds. Their sleek slats are available in an array of finishes, including matte, metallic and soft pearlescent hues.
In addition to window treatment style, fabric and color when considering French door blinds or shades, keep these general points in mind:
- Window treatments for French doors are typically mounted outside of the opening (beyond the window frame) and may require extension brackets or spacer blocks for proper clearance.
- Some French door window treatments may require a “cut-out” in order for the window treatment to pass behind the door handle or knob.
- Consider hold-down brackets, so your window treatment doesn’t move when you open and close the door.
And as with all specialty shapes, you should consult with your local Hunter Douglas specialist when deciding which product will work best for your French doors.
Drapery Ideas for Living Room Windows
You don’t have to limit yourself to one kind of window treatment for your living room. Drapery can add layers of texture when combined with blinds or shades, while also adding a finished look to the space (and preventing light gaps at the sides of your windows).
Try mixing patterns, colors and materials to create a visually interesting focal point. (If you want to mix two prints, though, make sure one is more delicate than the other. Two busy prints could be overkill.) For a streamlined, cohesive look, pair shades and drapery that complement each other. Minimalism more your taste? Use close-to-matching colors for your drapery and shades.
From selecting materials and colors to expert measurement and installation, our window treatment specialists can help you create the perfect window treatments for your home. Find a specialist near you to get started today.