Barn Door Ideas for the Perfect Style and Utility
Last updated on November 17th, 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for further inspiration, check out our blog on how to create the perfect modern farmhouse design.