Dutch doors seem to be all the rage right now with so many new and remodeled homes going for that modern farmhouse look. All the Dutch doors we’ve been loving lately are either black or have a mix of bright pops of color, classic design, and a welcoming demeanor that are making us want to saw all of our non-Dutch doors right in half (caution: not the best idea). But seriously, Dutch doors make a welcoming and thoughtful addition to any home inside or out.

For those of you who are new to Dutch doors, (sometimes called a double hung or half door) a Dutch door is a door that’s split in half horizontally, allowing the top half to open while the bottom half stays shut. But secure the bolt to hold the two halves together and it operates like a normal door. JAC loves a two-fer!  Plus, they can add pizazz to any kitchen interior design style.

Do you want to know why it is called a Dutch door? Originating in colonial New England, Dutch doors were a practical solution that allowed the breeze and sunlight to come into the house without letting children out or animals and pests in. Because these split doors were prominent features of Dutch colonial homes, the association with the Dutch stuck.

Today, Dutch doors are still known for their practicality as well as their old-world feel. JAC thinks their surge in recent popularity is due in part to the fascination of the farm to table or small batch movement – they harken back to a gentler nonchalant time when design was more practical. For this reason they are perfect for the modern farmhouse and industrial space look that’s so current right now.  Plus, they’re a great option for exterior doors or interior doors as well.  You can even add a screen to them allowing you to keep an eye (and ear) on children and animals while keeping them in or out of a certain part of the house.

No matter the style, Dutch doors lend a casual, inviting appearance to your home.