There is something very appealing about a dutch door. When the weather starts to get warm it must be wonderful to open the top half of your door and let the sunshine and breeze flow inside your home.
Dutch doors have been popular in this country since colonial times. They were commonly used as front doors in farm houses because they kept the animals outside and the children inside. They also allowed light and air to move through the home. These doors, as the name implies, were popular in the Netherlands in the 17th century, as seen in many Dutch paintings from that period.
I grew up in a house that had two interior dutch doors that separated the kitchen and family room from the formal living room and dining room. My mother liked this arrangement as she was able to close the lower doors and keep her four children and the dog within view when she was working in the kitchen, but she also could see out into the front of the house and the front yard through the open upper doors.
Here are a few photos of exterior dutch doors that I particularly like:
The one down side I see to these doors might be the bugs that would come into the house. During mosquito season this could be a problem! However, these doors are so pretty that it might be worth a few bug bites! What do you think about dutch doors?