I think we all grew up seeing the old plastic vertical blinds over sliding glass doors, and often also saw how easily they were pulled out, chipped, or dirtied. Fortunately, those days are long past, and now there are many beautiful options for modern treatments for the doors in your home, whether you have sliding doors or french doors.
Modern Coverings for Sliding Doors & French Doors
Graber Sliding Panels
Sliding panels are an incredibly modern and attractive way to control everything from light to aesthetics over your doors. The flat panels maintain a sleek profile and slide to cover or uncover the door while staying out of the way when you’re going in or out.
Considering these panels are made of beautiful fabrics, you have an potentially endless number of options in their design, too! It’s easy to coordinate these with any room in your home and get the exact look and functionality you’re going for. Add valances or cornices over the top for a perfect, finished look.
Graber Slide-Vue™ Vertical Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are a wonderful option when temperature control is especially important. After all, large glass panes can let out much of your home’s cooled or warmed air, which costs you money in energy bills. Likewise, direct sunlight can easily enter your home and become heat which in California summers means your air conditioner works much harder. The little pockets of air trapped between the fabric cells works as insulation, similar to air in a poofy jacket. Plus, cellular shades these days come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and even cell sizes so you don’t have to sacrifice functionality for aesthetics.
The only real difference for doors versus windows is the direction the cells run. When fully opened, the cells collapse to be incredibly narrow, which is wonderful when you don’t want to lose any precious space around your door’s opening if you don’t have a lot of extra room at the sides to allow it to bunch in front of the frame instead of the door. Vertical cellular shades are also a perfect solution for French doors, when you just choose to split them down the middle instead of at one side.
Graber Vertical Fabric Blinds
Fabric blinds allow you to choose sheer, light filtering, and room darkening options for perfect light level control, and depending on the fabric, they can mimic beautiful draperies. However, they also can be made of really easy-to-clean vinyl materials in smooth or embossed styles. If you’ve got children, this can be a perfect solution (just make sure to opt for cordless if you have kids). The headrail – that is the hardware that holds them all up – has a unique system that ensures the material looks evenly pleated whether it’s open or closed. On the photo above, look how beautiful the windows and door look with the same materials for window coverings! No more mismatched windows and doors.
Graber Wood Vertical Blinds
Wooden blinds have plenty of aesthetic appeal, and are a fantastic option when you’re looking to add light control and warmth to a room. Matching hard cornices complete their look (and hide hardware) to give sleek, beautiful lines and lots of visual interest and texture. Graber’s blinds are made from lightweight North American hardwood with a focus on sustained yield forestry management, so you can feel good about them too. Choose from tons of rustic and modern paints, stains, or finishes. They also provide a level of natural insulation, though not as much as the options above.
Graber Traditions® Composite Shutters
Wood or Composite Shutters
Wooden shutters have made a large comeback, and it’s not hard to see why. With modern shutters, there are so many different materials to choose from, vane sizes, tilt options, and other ways to customize them for not only a beautiful, natural look but also ultimate light control and privacy. While white is an incredibly popular material, they also come in just about any wood color you can image as well. They even look beautiful in arches or angled windows. This is one trend we’re incredibly happy to see return!