Two pairs of Chinese interior doors turned up with unique placements in a ten-year old country house with a tin roof and open barn layout in upstate New York. English interior designer Selina van der Geest blended contemporary sofas with antiques and old rugs to create a sophisticated home with an interesting mix and unique look. We’ve focused on many different types of barn doors and their uses in the past (see links below).
In my post on Natural Interior Barn Doors, I mentioned that their placement determines whether the doors function in the background, as partitions or both. With barn style doors, it’s easy to seem as decorative screens. And in the case of these antique Chinese panels, the narrow width suggests they were likely taken from a folding screen.
The pierced geometric on the top half of the doors [top] gives them a wonderful decorative quality. That’s further supported — if you look closely — by decorative carving on the horizontal central panels. Lovely. They seem a bit grand for use in a bathroom but they disguise the shower superbly and create the sense of a portal that rather than an enclosure in a simply appointed master bath.
When I first saw the bedroom, I thought the panels might slide away to reveal a closet or the entry to another room. But tucked under the white-painted beam, them embellish the wall, create an illusion of a space beyond and add heaps of personality. If they actually slide, all the better. If not, they are wonderful as they are.
(Source: House & Garden)
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