5 Favorites: Versatile Dutch Doors
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Whoever coined the expression "You make a better door than a window" was clearly not thinking of the Dutch door. These versatile numbers allow you to keep unwanted elements at bay while still enjoying the view and the breeze. So named for its origins in 17th century Holland, the ingenious Dutch door was originally used to keep animals or children in (or out), while still allowing for the flow of light and air. In these days of central heating and electricity, the Dutch door is not so much of a practical necessity. But architecturally, it still makes for a dramatic entrance. Above: With the top open, a Dutch door provides a more welcoming peek into your home while maintaining a degree of privacy. In this house, an updated black Dutch door provides a more contemporary look for the entry of a Swedish country home. Via Skona Hem . Above: Photograph via Amy Morris Interiors . Above: A rustic Dutch door via the Style Files . Above L: Double Dutch doors lend twice the drama in this historic hallway from Thomas O'Brien's American Modern . Above R: The team at Bjornen Design applied Dutch doors to enhance the cottage feel for their East of Eden project. Photo by Tria Giovan . Above: Not just for historic houses, at Dutchess House No. 1 by Grzywinski+Pons Ltd , this striking, yellow, Dutch door is equally at home in a modern setting. Above: Designer Miles Redd employed another bright yellow Dutch door to enliven a more somber entryway. Via Architectural Digest . Inspired? Country Home has a step-by-step article on how the make your own Dutch door. N.B. Looking for more ways to make a dramatic entrance? See 46 photos of inspiring entryways in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces.