While we often go for exterior door color, the interior barn door is a natural for brining color inside. We adore these doors because they add so much personality to rooms and make relaxed style statements. When painted in vivid hues and black, the interior barn door can reverse the usual relationship of wall and door color. 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. It also suits an open-plan house. 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 would think 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 contemporary pencil 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. The pumpkin color of these doors, which conceal a laundry area, is powerful and the satin-finish paint 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.
Allison’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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