Interior Barn Door Color

Red lacquer barn door in a home by by Barbara BestorPainted 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 barn door with slash motif and batten backgroundYellow 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.

pair of orange barn doors conceal a laundry spaceA 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.

black-painted paneled barn door with six litesAgainst 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.

pair of Shaker panel style teal blue sliders with finger pullsTeal 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.

Alllison’s posts on Interior Barn Doors and Decorative Interior Barn Doors also may be of interest.

(Sources: Bestor Architecture, cozybliss, house beautiful, patrickdavisdesign/flickr, apartment therapy)

 

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5 Responses to “Interior Barn Door Color”

  1. soofriver April 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I want these doors but I don’t have a place for them. I wish we had configured a space when we were building!

  2. RHome410 April 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I’ve always loved barn doors, too. Tried to design one between our entry and ‘library,’ but it didn’t fit. I have to say I may be too classic to appreciate the brightly colored versions. I love the dark one by far the most…also the teal, since it has the rustic wood around it.

  3. mbwife April 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    I love this look.

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