Barn Door Ideas for the Perfect Style and Utility

By Toll Brothers 4 minute read

Barn doors have been making their way into home designs across the country over the last few years. Whether you are looking for a creative space-saving solution, or to add a unique design touch to your space, these sliding doors might be the perfect solution.

Barn doors have evolved over time and while they are still a great way of achieving a rustic modern farmhouse look, they can also provide a sleek design accent with glass panes.

Scroll below for a variety of barn door ideas from Toll Brothers model homes across the country and be sure to let us know your favorite in the comments.

 

1. Complete the modern farmhouse look with a wooden barn door

The soothing, cool tones of this modern farmhouse space are accentuated and brought to life by the warm wood of this barn door. The black iron hardware ties into the accents on the light fixture, lamps, table base, and even the rug, bringing a cohesive look and feel to the room.

Wooden sliding barn door in a modern farmhouse bedroom.
Toll Brothers at Scouters Mountain in Happy Valley, OR

 

2. Frame your office desk with a barn door

This craftsman style barn door provides a simple yet elegant frame to the entrance of this home office, while the rich, deep gray paint offers some contrast against the wood flooring and the white backdrop behind the desk.

Craftsman style barn door in a home office.
Oaks at Lafayette Hill by Toll Brothers in Conshohocken, PA

 

3. Give your home the rustic look

A weathered barn door compliments this rustic space, and the scuffed and worn patina provides a reclaimed feel, which ties in nicely with the sideboard. The warm, soft gray also coordinates beautifully with the patterned armchairs.

A rustic sliding door in a living room.
Bennett’s Bluff by Toll Brothers in Charleston, SC

 

4. Add a barn door in an unexpected place

What better way to make use of some otherwise unusable space than giving your pet a cozy hideaway that’s all their own! The barn door also allows you to hide your pup’s bed and toys away when guests come over.

A small barn door used in a pet space.
Bennett’s Bluff by Toll Brothers in Charleston, SC

 

5. Divide your workspace

Barn doors don’t always have to be rustic, as demonstrated by these clean and contemporary glass panels! Glass barn doors are available in a variety of colors and finishes, allowing homeowners the opportunity to adjust the design for their color palette and privacy needs.

Contemporary glass sliding door in a home office.
Ironwood by Toll Brothers in Las Vegas, NV

 

6. Use a barn door to create a cohesive look

Layering and repeating the same element within a space brings a sense of continuity and conformity. The barn doors, front door, desk unit, and even the beam in the ceiling all speak to a feeling of aged warmth and relaxed comfort.

Barn door in a home office that matches the home's front door.
Toll Brothers at Los Saguaros in Marana, AZ 

 

7. Create dedicated spaces in a finished basement

There are no rules that say that barn doors have to be made of wood. These crystal clear floating panels allow this finished basement to feel open while still providing a simple yet dramatic sense of separation between the home gym and the game room.

Modern glass barn door separating a home gym in a finished basement.
Toll Brothers at Montcaret in Northville, MI

 

8. Use the barn door as an opportunity to add color

This large metal barn door amplifies and accentuates the industrial nature of this room, particularly with the exposed brick serving as the backdrop for the bed, while the wood flooring brings an organic element to the space. Those three elements – wood, exposed brick or stone, and metal – are the linchpins to successfully introducing an industrial aesthetic.

A large metal barn door in a bedroom with a wooden ceiling.
The Cliffs at Somersett by Toll Brothers in Reno, NV 

 

9. Hide electronics while adding warmth to your living room

These barn doors crafted from stacked planks of wood provide a simple yet well executed solution for concealing electronics or other clutter. The doors have been stained to coordinate with the wood flooring, while a contrasting dark metal frame anchors and defines the door.

A living room with sliding doors that cover the entertainment system.
Enclave at Ocean in Freehold Township, NJ

 

10. Make the entrance of a room a focal point

Providing privacy and a sense of separation between the bedroom and the bathroom can sometimes be difficult, especially if the only obvious solution is to simply add another interior door. This barn door, though, accomplishes all of that while adding an element of design. The dark metal frame coordinates not only with the fireplace, but also with the dark tile backsplash in the bathroom, providing a sense of continuity between the two spaces.

A dark metal frame barn door in a modern luxury bedroom.
Sereno Canyon by Toll Brothers in Scottsdale, AZ

 

11. Devise unique, yet connected spaces with see-through glass

This is another example of simple, clear glass barn doors that define and separate two spaces, while still providing a clear and unobstructed view between them. The doors don’t intrude into the rooms unnecessarily. Instead, they support a sense of continuity and allow the viewer to see all of the coordinating elements of each space all at the same time.

Living space with large glass sliding doors separating a room with a television.
Sky Meadow at Caramella Ranch in Reno, NV

 

12. Match the barn door to the headboard

The wood accent wall in this bedroom is a major focal point, providing an organic and relaxing feel to the space, and the matching barn door acts as an extension of that wall, projecting natural warmth even further into the room.

Bedroom with a wooden accent wall and a matching wooden barn door.
Cartwright Ranch by Toll Brothers in Garden City, ID

 

13. Compliment wooden accents with a modern touch

Accentuating the clean and uncluttered look and feel of this space is a simple, elegant frosted glass barn door. The satin etch finish provides privacy, while the unframed floating glass panel ties in with the rest of the space.

A bedroom with a frosted glass barn door.
Avella at Civita by Toll Brothers in San Diego, CA

 

If you’re looking for further inspiration, check out our blog on how to create the perfect modern farmhouse design.

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Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. Embracing an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Toll Brothers currently builds in 24 states nationwide, and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). 2021 marks the 10th year Toll Brothers has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies® list. Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

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