HISTORY OF THE LOUVRE DOOR
You might be surprised to know that the humble louvre door (or louver door in the USA) actually has a long and illustrious history behind it.
The word ‘louvre’ stems from the French word “l’ouvert’ meaning “opened”, and has come to describe any form of furniture or architecture designed to ‘open up’ spaces to light and air through a series of horizontal, angled slats.
Used for the first time in their original marble form, way back in the time of the ancient Greeks, the slatted design of the louvre door (or window as it was originally conceived) was perfect for keeping the Mediterranean summer heat at bay by providing ventilation for rooms whilst controlling light intake. Of course, this design became highly popular and managed to survive and morph right up until the Medieval period, when wooden louvre shutters and doors became a popular form of ventilation in houses, used especially to disperse smoke from kitchens whilst keeping the rain out.
It wasn’t until the mid to late 15th Century that louvre doors started to be used for aesthetic value as well as the practicality of ventilation. The decorative aspect of the louvre design was taken on board as the interior style of the day as it offered an elegant touch to the homes of the wealthy classes, as well as holding its original practical functions.
It’s this mixture of style and practicality that has led to the louvre design continuing to hold its popularity to this day. With many variations and mechanisms now available, from white louvre doors in the home to pine louvre doors seen in a variety of residential and commercial properties, the louvre design has really stood the test of time and continues to build on its rich history.
Wooden Louvre Doors Today
Modern day wooden louvre doors are extremely popular as an interior design choice for residential and commercial properties. White louvre doors and pine louvre doors are the two most common forms of the design used today. Bathrooms, bedroom and kitchens are the most common places to find louvre doors today, mostly being used as storage cupboard or wardrobe doors for their ventilating properties.
It can be very difficult to keep a wardrobe or cupboard space properly ventilated, especially in the winter months when damp and mould take hold of these areas due to their propensity to gather moisture and not receive sufficient light or heat. It’s this situation where louvre doors are really essential, the slatted design, or “stiles” allow for airflow as well as natural light and heat to enter the room.
Our unfinished pine louvre doors are ready to paint, stain or varnish and are suitable for use in all areas of the home. Their natural finish and solid construction make them ideal for use in DIY projects, as they can be finished in any way you choose.
Pine louvre doors are ideal for use in:
- Bedroom Wardrobes
- Walk in Wardrobes
- Airing cupboards
- Kitchen cupboards
- Bathroom cabinets and cupboards
- Standalone storage cabinets and wardrobes.
As well as a whole range of other areas.
Please note the thickness measure of our Louvre doors refers to the thickness of the sides (side/vertical stiles) of the doors.
Due to the construction style of Louvre doors the tops and bottoms will be thinner.
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