Four years ago this month we began to write about interior sliding barn-style doors and I won’t stop anytime soon. One reason I believe barn-style doors are being seen so frequently in homes these days is their flexibility and individuality. They can be new or old. They make a statement in large or small passageways. They come in a variety of shapes and widths and work in a range of materials. Usually larger than standard passage doors, barn doors slide on special hardware which allows them to open up or close off spaces flexibly. Many are vintage, one-offs or pairs. Barn doors can be more personalized than standard issue hinged doors and also work as color accent pieces without interfering with woodwork, baseboard or window trims. Plus, there is decorative value, as these textured barn doors illustrate.
One of the most unusual barn doors I’ve seen is a contemporary sliding pierced metal panel used to close off a bathroom entry [top]. With it’s semi-transparent, lacy bubble pattern cut into the white-coated metal, light and a partial view comes though. But it still acts as a screen. It’s interesting that the door slides across a white-painted planked wall which is a unique form of layering not often seen in contemporary interiors.
A vintage French steel wine cellar door, with an arched top and raised panels, was repurposed by designer Darryl Carter for his parents high-rise apartment in Bal Harbor, Florida. The door slides across his Dad’s clothes closet.
Dark and dramatic, an industrial style steel door, composed of riveted panels, has the large scale suitable for a loft space in addition to interesting brushed texture added by a rotary power tool.
I’m quite fond of this quirky, craft-y pine five-panel frame door which looks like a DIY salvage job for a bath. What’s difficult to judge is whether the top three panels are filled by a white matte material like lexan or are simply left blank. The bottom two are blocked out with corrugated tin, which ties into the galvanized steel color of the door hardware and handle.
A pair of vintage doors with rows of incised circles screen off a room in a country house on the French Basque coast. Even with ancient, wide-plank wood flooring, these doors definitely give the house a mid-20th century feel, which the French adore.
It’s difficult to get past the vibrant emerald green lacquered pop of this staircase slider in a rustic Mediterranean style house. Despite the current color, the door is clearly vintage and it would be easy to imagine it in it’s original vintage brown. Other clues to its location are the star and cross motifs seen in the top panel. My bet would be Spain or North Africa.
Nashville may be famous for country music and big hair but designer Rachel Halvorson creates tasteful interiors there. In a dramatic hallway, the designer used a gray-painted sliding barn door with two diagonally planked panels to add a dynamic vector in a hallway with a neutral color scheme. Dark details of the lanterns, door hardware and picture frames are eye catching. But subtlety lies in the interplay between the wood used on the dark floor, painted sliding door and whitewashed wood-plank ceiling.
(Source: Dwell, ElleDecor, Antony Crolla, interiorsbystudiom, bassetimages, simpydecorate, rachelhalvorson)
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