Decorative interior barn doors can become masterpieces when embellished with artwork and trim.
Decorative interior barn doors are currently trendy. They are everywhere. But when this collection first caught my eye wasn’t the hardware or vivid color that drew me. In the case of the theatrical horse with Siamese cat at his back leg it was the charming subject matter. This track mounted folk art painting was actually once part of a barn. It now hangs in the owner’s home office, hiding her desk and files during therapy sessions. I would spend my hour on the couch speechless, soaking it in. My wheels have been spinning since seeing it in January. This could easily be recreated to include subject matter close to your heart.
Painting barn doors is certainly nothing new, as shown on the exterior of a Shenandoah Valley (Harrisonburg, VA) structure photographed in 1941.
This pair of antique carved and painted American barn doors is currently offered by the NYC shop Treillage Ltd, owned by designer Bunny Williams and antique dealer John Rosselli. The hefty price tag would have most channeling their inner Martha for their next DIY project.
Somehow I can’t visualize Ozzy Osbourne relaxing in this picturesque room. His wife, Sharon, had a heavy hand in decorating their new California home. Whether or not you are a fan of the singer, this pair of whimsical interior barn doors is visual music.
Don’t miss the decorative over-sized “old master” landscape painting camouflaging a closet in Interior Barn Doors, or rustic single sliders included in Pantry Pride.
(Sources: House Beautiful, Backcountry Notes, Treillage Ltd, Architectural Digest)
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I just recommended to a friend that she incorporate old barn doors into her renovation, mostly because I love them and want to live vicariously! 😉 And I love the Osbourne’s new home, it’s very tastefully decorated!
I hope you ladies had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Love those first doors! So pretty! And I love the Osbourne’s new home – it’s so much nicer than the heavy gothic home they were in several years ago. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Allison –
I love barn doors too. I remember seeing one in a magazine as the door for a pantry a few years ago and I fell in love then and there.
The red door in the first painting is terrific. I love the door within a door feature.
Tricia Rose says
All wow! Love the doors, and love the spaces too~
I love that first barn door! You are right, I want to imitate/copy it. I wish I knew where to put it!
Kat, I hope you sent her this way!
Laxsupermom, I so agree – the Goth house was too much for me too.
Silvermagpies, there are two in Pantry Pride – did you see them?
Puna, it has been torture for me to see it on/off for two days! I have a friend that would paint one for me in a heartbeat.
Allison Cosmos says
Do you know who the interior designer is for the first room with horse painted on the barn door? Also I’d love to know more about the horse itself. Where the image originated from? Beautifully done!
Allison, the interior designer is Erin Martin Design. The home was featured in Feb 2011 House Beautiful article “Grand Gestures.” The horse was painted around 1970 by an artist (signed) Tom King and was originally part of a barn. It’s an amazing feature.