Farmhouse Style: Barn Doors

January 11, 2017

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Decor Inspiration Barn Doors

It is impossible not to notice that barn doors
and farmhouse style are absolutely everywhere
in interior design and
instead of fading from the limelight, they seem to
be gaining momentum as designers and homeowners
imagine new ways to incorporate them into decor.

Take the room at top with the hideaway bunks.
How perfect is this solution for a
guest cottage,
finished basement,
small vacation getaway,
or a studio apartment?

I'm also an admirer of the minimal hardware design
and simplicity of the white door in that installation,
since it much less understated and less harsh.

Can barn doors be pretty? Oui.
Can they be subtle? Oui, again.

But what if you want to make a bold contemporary
statement that speaks with a more
industrial vocabulary?

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Sliding Barn Door - Modern and Industrial

Then you say hello to a flashy metal that's
as about as wide and rock and roll as you can go.

And if you're a little bit country and don't
want your entre to swing...

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Modern farmhouse bedroom with painted sliding barn door

then this gorgeous painted wood plank door
will deliver the goods AND provide architectural
eye candy.

How else can simple sliding barn doors
make a room feel a little less clutter-full?

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Two sliding barn doors conceal a large screen TV in a shabby chic media room

They can become hiders of electronics and media
like this...I personally would have those babies
shut most of the time since I'm not a big TV
person, and this room seems to lend itself
royally to cozying down with a good book.

Barn doors need not even remind you of a barn!
If you choose more traditional styled doors
and paint them in your favorite bold shade,
the doors just may be reminiscent of shutters
or function as art in the room as opposed to
a shelter for livestock on the farm.

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What a happy room with cheerful red barn doors to a closet

If you are a fan of shiplap or horizontal planking,
then you just may love this next barn door
application which keeps things moving
east and west and feels so fresh as it
separates a kitchen from a pantry.

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Seamless entry to a pantry with a barn door from kitchen

Open shelving is so hugely popular in kitchen
design right now, but if you get jumpy around
a lot of tchotchke business, then maybe
you want the freedom to close those babies
away while creating a chalkboard surface
for lists, menus, and fun.

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A clever multi-functioning sliding barn door

Black and oil rubbed bronze seem to be the
most popular finishes for barn door hardware,
but I love seeing a lot of stainless and silvery
tones too...we used a stainless rail system
for the barn door we installed at the Arizona
fixer upper that I'll show you soon.

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Can a barn door be elegant? Why, yes. Yes, it can.

So we have already seen examples of
room dividers
shelf covers
TV camouflage,
but what about window treatments?

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Barn doors as window coverings?
Why not?
Sometimes finding a just right black-out
window treatment is a challenge, and especially
for this window above with its arched cove,
a rustic sliding door comes to the rescue.

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When space in a hall is limited...

If you have ever lived in a place with
narrow hallways then you can probably
see the genius of introducing a sliding barn door.
Have you ever installed a pocket door?
We have. And they are not the easiest
to get right so this application above
makes a lot of sense and is beautiful
with the cottage styling.

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Beautiful white rustic sliding TV barn doors from Pacific Entries

The room above is dressed in sliding mini barn doors
from Pacific Entries to conceal a large screen TV
and make sense when a big austere black box
in the center of a focal wall is just too harsh
or undesirable in a room without touches of black.

The geometry on either side of the
the TV and doors also has me swooning
and dreaming about the possibilities
for a niche in our Arizona fixer upper's
living room.

Here is another example of
full-size sliding barn doors to conceal
a television and also add architectural

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Loving the star the closed barn doors create!

The first time I saw barn doors used
in such a way was in my friend Leslie's
beachy cottage she has been remodeling.
Look at where she started when they
tore the wall apart in her living room:

Gwen Moss

Can you imagine the undertaking of such a project?
Then the wall with fireplace progressed to this:

Gwen Moss

What a difference!
And then Leslie's designs took shape.

Gwen Moss

Wow! This was the next stage,
and she still had more magic in store.
Those peekaboo doors are so perfect
with the style she is going for in her cottage.

Gwen Moss

The addition of a salvaged mantel she had
been storing for just the right place found
life here amid snow white lovely columns
and rustic natural shelves for books and pretties.

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I love how she captured the spirit of this
re-designed focal wall here since it
has all the timeless romance, texture,
and contrast I love.

You amaze me, girlfriend,
and I bow to you.

If you desire similar doors to Leslie's custom ones,
the company that made our knotty alder doors
also creates beautiful sliding TV barn doors
made from alder...and if you want, you
can order them unfinished to customize
them as you wish.

look like installed:

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Pacific Entries rustic sliding TV barn doors

What say ye about all the barn door hoopla?
Are you over them?
Have them in your home?
Want em?
Heard of other alternate uses for them?

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Peace to you right where you are.

Image Sources:
Pacific Entries
Gwen Moss

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  1. Not a fan. They just look (I don't know) silly. Tv should never be over fireplace. Watching it is like viewing a movie from the front row. These doors look cluttery and puzzling. TV, I think,is here to stay. Why are we always working so hard to hide it? Would love a post(s) on this.

    1. a great idea for a post! I can't stand the big black box on the wall and would love to explore more creative ways to hide it. I hardly ever turn it on and it occupies way too much real estate! I think the color is a problem for a lot of us. a big white box would float my boat! thanks for visiting, ttt.

  2. I have never figured out why designers leave the black iron hanging hardware black. The first thing I would do if I had these is to paint the hardware the color of the background so it would fade in and not be so in your face noticeable. I like barn doors in certain circumstances and would like to use them in a future house.

    1. ha. some folks love the contrast. I have oil rubbed bronze on our new barn door here, and it's staying that finish even though I am famous for painting everything within reach white! the hardware on my other barn door is stainless since that application is more modern.

    2. If the hardware could be hidden in a track that would be even better. Don't see it at all no matter what color it is.

  3. I like and even sometimes love the rustic look of barn doors but I've never liked or loved the fact that there is really no privacy. When closed someone could walk up and peek in the gap! The only sliding doors I covet are pocket doors. They make so much sense for small bathrooms and closets or even separating living spaces to eliminate noise, etc. I don't know why they're not utilized more. Look at this one from a Fixer Upper episode...

    1. great point, cindy! it's gonna freak you out then that our barn door in Arizona is our bathroom door, where there was no door at all! since we can lock the bedroom door, we won't have to sweat it! I mention pocket doors in this post because in our experience, they are not the easiest to install, and if you have ever lived with a clunky one that doesn't smoothly open and shut (house settling issues perhaps affect this), they can be a headache. xox

  4. Leslie did an amazing job! I agree with Cindy:) .. great in small spaces but I also like the idea of using them to divide rooms. The large dark hardware can be a bit overwhelming so I'd definitely go with something softer.


    1. I hope the manufacturers are reading through these comments! hidden hardware seems to be on the wish list of many. the way the designer has divided the room in the first image I posted is so clever!

  5. Great for the urban farmhouse look and for adding an industrial look. I thought that was clever to use them for making the tv disappear too! I'm a fan!

    1. i'm so glad there are multiple options beyond the rustic barn look since there are so many other beautiful styles to imagine. xox


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