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What are some design ideas for a patio door?

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A unique design can be achieved with one of three styles of patio door and a personalized window treatment. One of the more popular patio door styles is a French door treatment.

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The patio door provides a family with access to the private green oasis that is the backyard. It deserves an attractive design treatment that is suited to the homeowner's own sense of style. There are two elements to consider when it comes to this area, the patio door and the window treatment.

Patio doors are available in one of three main styles, a set of French patio doors, sliding patio doors and the folding patio door. French patio doors are a set of two standard doors that open outward. They are the most attractive style and feature two smaller windows. Sliding patio doors are the most inexpensive option with two doors that are simply large windows. Folding patio doors feature three panels that fold over on themselves.

The type of window treatment depends on the type of patio door. French patio doors only require two window panels. A pair of sheer panels allows the maximum amount of light to enter the room from the smaller windows. Sliding patio doors and folding doors look better with full floor-length curtain panels to provide some privacy at night. Those living in out of the way areas where privacy is not a problem can make do with a window valence or side-mounted panels to provide a lovely frame for the bare patio door.

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