Painted sliders occupy so much wall space, they function almost like color-block art.
Interior barn doors are gaining in popularity, at least on this blog. We adore them because they have so much personality and make a relaxed style statement plus, doors with natural- wood finishes – either new or vintage – offer an additional layer of texture in a room. So naturally, designers have taken things a step further by painting interior barn slivers in vivid hues and black. And, as we know, color sends a message. The primary red hue used by California architect Barbara Bestor for a single barn-slider [top] looks modern in part because it’s high gloss. The same color also would provide a retro vibe if, for example, it was matte and the crossbuck as the big door X motif is called, was done in a contrasting color, particularly white.
Yellow and gray has such a contemporary feeling (though it was popular in the 1920s) that if you asked me whether a barn door might work with that scheme I could find it risky. Yet this batten door, which has a background texture like vertical siding, reads as hip to me. It also boasts a diagonal slash detail that works perfectly with the décor. What also helps it success is the acidity of the yellow combined with an industrial hinge and super sleek pull.
A crossbuck divided between a pair of doors can have a dynamic visual effect since it becomes a pair of vectors pointing towards the center. While the pumpkin color of these doors, which conceal a laundry area, is equally powerful, the satin finish prevents it from looking harsh. I’m not so much an orange person but these look fresh.
Against a white wall, this black door, with 3 over 2 lites on top and panels below, adds transparency that gives it almost a whimsical peek-a-boo quality even though it’s the most somber non-color out there.
Teal always is a terrific partner for brown tones which can be spotted in the paneled architect’s study beyond. But the narrow scale of this pair of Shaker style panels with inset finger pulls (~hate them~) make them look like switched up pocket doors. Yet, of course, they hover rather than disappear.
(Sources: Bestor Architecture, cozybliss, house beautiful, patrickdavisdesign/flickr, apartment therapy)