Installing a barn door within your home doesn’t have to mean a total upheaval of all things modern in exchange for rustic barn door designs. A barn door’s presence within a home can create a subtle or transformational effect on function, fulfilling various roles throughout a house’s floor plan:
11 Barn Door Designs and Decor Ideas for Your Home
- Pocket Doors
- Room Dividers
- Toy Rooms
- Pantries and Closets
- TV Cabinet Replacement
- Indoor Tables
- Outdoor Tables
- Garage Doors
A quick Pinterest search will result in a long series of barn door styles and images that prove that these doors aren’t just for replacing outdated swinging barn door designs and functions. Today, barn doors are used for so much more, providing practical solutions to everyday dilemma, as well as an unmatched aesthetic that is unique to barn door styles. Take a look at the list below of barn door ideas to see how barn doors can take the place of the traditional door, table, cabinet, and much more.
Barn door pocket doors artistically separate spaces but conveniently slide into a pocket in the walls when open. In comparison to hinged barn door designs, these doors provide the maximum amount of usable space. There’s no need to factor the radius of a door swing or worry about covering up wall space should it need to be repurposed in other ways.
Privacy is an option when installing a solid wood interior door, while a sliding glass door could create division without visual separation. They could also be used within a bedroom to separate the sleeping areas of siblings who are sharing a room. Really, you can place a barn door wherever you want the ability to move between partial or full privacy and open concept. These doors look a bit more finished than other common room dividers, such as curtains and folding partition walls—though these can find their rightful place within larger spaces as well.
A sliding barn door is the perfect solution to creating a play area within a living room or bedroom where parents can store all of their children’s toys while also keeping an eye on their kids. And if they run out of time to organize the play area before guests arrive, parents can simply close the barn doors and display the beautiful design of this unique divider without revealing the mess of joyful moments and memories.
Standard door hardware, like locks and handles, can be installed onto barn doors so that the privacy required of a bathroom door can still be maintained. Half baths and guest baths can also benefit from the versatility of a sliding door. Additionally, many homes feature a half bath that shares a space with a laundry room. To create more division and to prevent losing precious space by installing a swinging door, a homeowner can rely on the sliding barn door style to separate the room’s multi-function purposes.
Pantries and Closets
A closet, pantry, or vanity that contains organized chaos might be best paired with a solid wood sliding door while a cubby space full of decor or a bookshelf might be best paired with a set of sliding, paneled glass doors, similar to french doors. It all depends on what you wish to contain, conceal, or display.
Rustica features barn door shutters to replace blinds and curtains in a new way. These shutters are available in standard sizes or a barn door can be customized to fit larger spaces and act as an oversized door shutter for standard windows. Like barn doors for door openings, both bipart doors and bypass doors work to seamlessly open and close over windows. And, with a rise in the popularity of stand-alone sunburst windows, a set of small, customized barn door shutters can artfully frame these light-enhancing windows replacing the traditional sunburst shutter. These shutters could also be motorized to allow for a handsfree opening and closing process.
TV Cabinet Replacement
As you replace your TV throughout the years possibly opting for different dimensions, the barn doors will continue to provide functional protection. If you have a recessed wall space that houses your television, pocket doors can work as well. As with other uses for barn doors, this particular installation provides a creative focal point in the living room, den, or bedroom whenever the barn doors are closed.
ArtworkConsider this barn door idea: as with televisions, many homeowners choose to place barn doors in front of artwork or pictures. You could utilize these barn doors in a number of ways: keep the barn doors open to create a one of a kind frame around the pieces you want to feature; use the barn doors to preserve the artwork from the damaging effects of both artificial and natural light; transition the doors from open to close as your decorations and focal points change throughout seasons and holidays. Any of these functions can be fulfilled through installing a set of sliding barn doors!
Sliding Barn Door StylesRustica proudly offers an ever-growing collection of quality, interior sliding barn door designs. All barn doors for sale on their site have been intentionally crafted to reflect everything from the well-known to the unique in terms of patterns and functions. From modern and simple barn door designs to complex and classic sliding barn door designs, you’ll find that Rustica has it all.
Rustic style is often associated with minimally processed or treated reclaimed wood. The ever-coveted rustic charm relies upon a material’s natural and unfinished beauty and texture. Wood or stone usually form the base of a rustically designed piece of furniture, and doors are no different. Rustic-inspired doors are crafted from raw or unfinished wood that stands out from traditional painted doors. Though usually treated and finished for preservation, the wood grain always takes center stage.
Rustica features a number of beautiful, rustic barn doors. The True Barn Door's subtle grey finish allows the wood’s naturally diverse wood grain shine through while the Craftsman Barn Door has the same effect. The Vertical Rustica Reclaimed Barn Door, though manufactured to resemble reclaimed wood, also features a wood panel that adds the same one-of-a-kind “natural” grain variation reminiscent of the real, repurposed wood.
Most designers agree that a country design is slightly different than a true rustic style, though the differences are hard to note at times. Barn door designs within this style often feature softer colors that don’t necessarily need to fall on the natural spectrum. Though white or cream colors are favorites within this category, many country doors are painted with worn reds, greens, or yellows. Whatever the color, a country barn door should evoke a feeling of hospitality and comfort without attacking the eye with super-contemporary design or absorbing all the attention in the room. Instead, these doors are intended to softly blend in with the other country-themed decor and furniture.
Rustica’s Full X Barn Door design reflects a country style for a couple of reasons. First, its supportive center X beams reflect the barn doors traditional use of providing security and support in homes and barns. The barn red color (as well as the other softer colors offered as finishes and stains) also reflects the worn farmhouse style look of true country design. The Dutch Z Barn Door and the Stable Barn Door are both crafted with similar country charm and function.
As with rustic vs. country, there are slight nuances between modern design and contemporary design. The good news is that Rustica features both.
First, let’s discuss modern design. Though evoking a sense of the here and now, modern design only refers to the early to mid-twentieth century. Modern style is founded in a simple, no-fuss approach to design and function. Materials like leather, wood, and stone are often used though metal, steel, and glass are also incorporated as well. Perhaps most popular within this category is mid-century modern. This style uses clean lines and patterns. If we are looking to define modern interior barn door designs, we will look for the multi panels of barn door styles with horizontal planks.
Rustica’s craftsmen produce many exquisite options for modern barn door designs. A modern door like the Five Panel Barn Door features multi-panels of acrylic, frosted acrylic, wood, or metal set between solid wood. The Sliding Bryce Vintage Barn Door is definitely minimal in design, functional, and evocative of retro style as is the Leather Modern Range Barn Door.
Interior barn doors crafted by Rustica that fit a contemporary approach include the Alta Barn Door and the Diamond Barn Door. Both utilize more intricate patterns of zig zags or geometric diamond patterns. The Whiteboard Barn Door and the Chalkboard Barn Door are both examples of complex, contemporary function. Both of these doors feature panels that can be used to jot down notes and record memories, using either an erasable marker or chalk. These doors are a giant leap away from the original uses of the traditional barn door, but they perfectly reflect innovative, contemporary style.
The Abandoned Barn Door is a perfect example of a shabby chic approach to barn door style. The worn wood, light blue color, and decorative center screen sends one on a journey of imagining where this door proudly stood in another day in time. The metal center speaks of opulence while the knotty alder wood declares a history of long life. Though “farmhouse” is in the title, Farmhouse French Half X Barn Door can also serve as an expression of shabby chic style. This particular door reflects traditional french door design, a design origin that spoke of decadence from the moment of conception. When finishing the wood panel in abandoned blue, stripped white, or aqua, the farmhouse glass barn door finds its shabby chic identity.
Choosing Barn Door Designs For Your Space
The next step is less practical but perhaps a bit more fun. Which parts of your home could be replaced with an unconventional use of a barn door? Take a look around at your dining room tables, coffee tables, headboards, patio furniture, TV cabinet, and curtains. Are you married to any of these items or are you up for the exciting opportunity of repurposing a barn door to fulfill one of these roles in your home?
Choose one room and begin there to experience the unique aesthetic that only a barn door can create within an exterior or interior space. If you find yourself in need of inspiration, head over to Pinterest for design ideas, or begin to review the many beautiful, hand-crafted doors that Rustica offers on their site. As you review the styles, materials, finishes, and barn door hardware available, your mind will be inspired to invent new and interesting ways of incorporating barn doors designs into your own home.