There is something magnificent about an open door. The air breezing through, the welcome to visitors, the openess it gives a home are all reasons to crack those doors wide open when you can.
Modern or country, Victorian or Edwardian, an open door invites. Open-air living reaches across all design styles as a delightful way to live.
Screens are the savior for those who want open air without the bugs. If your windows and doors have screens, you have no excuse. Fling them open!
A sliding door is not meant to always be slammed shut with a 2-by-4 wedged against it as extra protection from intruders. Open the door to the fall breezes whenever you can.
Waking up to fresh air is magnificent. Consider installing French doors or a sliding door to make your bedroom a true retreat. Slide open that door when you wake up in the morning, then jump right back in bed and enjoy.
When it comes to opening up a space to the air beyond, the bigger the better. This expansive window opens up this kitchen to greet the world beyond.
These folding and sliding doors accomplish the same effect on a grand scale.
When it's still too hot to open windows and doors, leave windows shadeless and use shutters instead. Keep them flung open for the appearance of wide-open windows. It is no true substitute, but it is better than a closed-off window smothered in curtains.
Many homes today are not built with breezes in mind. It is a shame. Allowing air to flow freely within your space gives a sense of freedom and comfort, even beyond the luxury of fresh, crisp air.
Whether you crack open a third-floor window just an inch for the breeze or open up an entire wall to the backyard, try to incorporate a little fresh air into your home today. Prop open a door for a few minutes, install a screen door to your kitchen or just throw open a bathroom window each morning while you get ready. Before long, you will crave those breezes and won't want to live without them.