French doors can be an elegant component or focal point of almost any room when paired with the right decor. Despite already looking beautiful on their own, an appropriate window treatment can add some much needed color, exaggerate the size of the doors, block out the light during the sunniest times of the day, and overall help pull the whole look and feel of the room together. From fabric coverings and frosted designs, to Roman shades and tall curtains, there’s sure to be something on this list to inspire you if you’ve got French doors in your home that could use some love.
Drapes, curtains, shades, blinds, and shutters most likely come to mind first when you typically think of window treatments, and I’ll get to those later, but first I’ve got a few super creative examples of what some home owners have done to the glass windows of their French doors. Take a look at these white beveled-style French doors that were completely transformed with bright and colorful fabric pieces.
Not sold on using pieces of fabric? Why not try a world map on for size?
For a more delicate and feminine look, another alternative you could use is lace.
This home owner used contact paper to create window films with simple designs like stripes, vines, and flowers.
Frosted window panes also bring a refined look to French door windows that still help create that sense of privacy you want from a good window covering.
Shades & Shutters for Simplicity
Sometimes, you just want something you can easily pull down when it’s too dark or too bright, and put back up during the right time of day. Tiered Roman shades are a simple solution for home owners with French doors who don’t want permanent coverings or big and bulky drapes to deal with.
These woven wood shades look great in a warm, sunny room for their tropical look and for being so lightweight.
Wood shutters on a pair of French doors add some rustic charm to this room, and are super easy to open and close in the blink of an eye!
This beautiful French living room uses simple striped shades that aren’t too dark or overpowering, yet still let just enough light in.
You can still create a clean and subtle look with white plantation shutters on French doors to block excess light out during the day and prevent people from peering in at night.
Drapery on a Grand Scale
If you have French doors in your home and you want drapes or curtains, then you better go big! You can really emphasize their size and presence in the room when you choose a style, pattern, and color of drapery that can be hung high above the doors themselves. Check out these amazing blue drapes that are positioned high above an arch window and French doors.
These black French doors paired with bright yellow drapes add a contrasting pop of color to complement the rest of the decor.
These blue buffalo check drapes hung high above French doors and surrounding windows are great for drawing your eye to the view outside.
Patterns can really help spice up a bland pair of doors, and these black and white Hampton toile drapes really get the job done in this room.
You can’t really go wrong with white, and these simple white drapes help keep the entire look of the room tied together while still offering the option for privacy in a bedroom with such large French doors and windows.
What’s your favorite window treatment for French doors? You may not always want to keep them covered up, but if you can find a style that adds to their elegance, blends well with the rest of the room’s decor, and still gives you the opportunity to easily cover and uncover the windows as needed, it’s really worth putting more thought and planning into finding what will work best.