Whether you use sliding barn doors in your home as a space saving feature or just enjoy their delightful rustic aesthetic, there are many creative ideas for their use. Using barn doors in your home can serve several purposes, whether you have a small space and want to create a more interesting design than a regular door or a pocket door, or you just want to make a visual statement. The downside to barn doors is that since they do not seal the same way that a regular door does, they may not help with sound attenuation, if that is something that is important for you. Obviously if it is a pantry door or closet door, this will probably not even be an issue to consider. In the image above, if the designer had used a regular door, the whole design concept would have to be changed to make room for the door to swing in, which would have to leave about three feet of wall space. A barn door just requires a little DIY and some hardware to install, whereas a pocket door requires demolition to install, so the barn door option just got a little desirable. Barn doors can be used in any style of home, from modern to traditional, you just have to pick the right hardware and door style to fit with your design scheme.
We have put together a collection of examples of using barn doors in your home in various ways to create a beautiful design aesthetic, have a look and enjoy! Want more inspiration, have a look at these: 53 Sensationally rustic kitchens in mountain homes and 55 Awe-inspiring rustic living room design ideas.
The sliding barn door that conceals this Mill Valley, California bedroom is painted white to blend in with its surroundings.
A sliding barn door in this entryway acts as a room divider but also adds visual interest upon entrance into the San Francisco, California home. The brightly colored green door also adds visual appeal against the white walls.
This sliding door in a contemporary Colorado home is a great space saver the way it slides cleverly into the adjacent staircase. Clad in black walnut wood, it creates a seamless look when the door is closed.
These vibrantly colored barn doors adds visual interest to the white walls and cleverly conceals a laundry closet. Want to see more images of this fun and colorful beach house? Have a look: Bright and colorful surfer-chic beach house
When space is at a premium in a kitchen, a custom barn door can slide open to reveal a hidden pantry and cover bookshelves that you would typically want to showcase.
A stylish sliding barn door in this kitchen neatly conceals a walk-in pantry. Wide plank flooring and colorful accents infuses warmth into the space.
This Oregon home demonstrates a great example of using barn doors in an entry area. It breaks up the space between the entry and the great room to create a more formal entryway space for the homeowners.
A barn door can add a burst of color into your space and offer a visual contrast of styles between industrial and a more soft and feminine appeal.
Not only are sliding barn doors beautiful to look at, but when used in a small space that can be very practical (and can be considered instead of a pocket door which isn’t nearly as attractive–as long as you have the wall space). You can see how much space has been saved by not having a door that swings in.
This entryway could have been left as just an opening, yet the addition of a sliding barn door adds beautiful visual interest to the space. Panels of glass in the door lets light filter into the space when the door is shut.
You can use barn doors on a track system like the image above to cleverly conceal a television out of view.
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A stone farmhouse, Villa Noci, part of the Castello di Reschio estate, is a charming display of rustic architecture, located in the rolling hills of Umbria, Italy. Originally constructed in the 17th century, the property is nestled in a lush field of olive and cypress groves with a stunning infinity pool. A luxury retreat, the home was jut recently renovated with three bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. Featuring all the amenities you could possibly want in a home away from home, but with the added perk of the estate’s staff waiting to pamper you. Outdoors there are two covered pergola terraces and one loggia, a perfect spot to relax, dine and enjoy the fresh smells of the gardens and panoramic views.
To stay at this fabulous retreat, rates range from $1,210 – $1,906 per night, from here.
Inside, an open concept living, dining and kitchen area creates a spacious and breezy atmosphere that is very inviting. Nods to the buildings heritage includes old world porcelain tiling throughout, vaulted ceilings and a grand fireplace in the living room, mixed with modern additions of arched windows and doors. The design aesthetic is cozy and modern, with all the comforts of home. In the main house there are two en-suite bedrooms, one with a beautiful fireplace, study and private loggia with access to the gardens. There is also a guest annex with its own living area and kitchen as well as bedroom and bathroom.
We have featured other sensational Italian vacation villas here on 1 Kindesign, in case you missed them, have a look at a couple of our past favorites: Restoration of a historic castle in Tuscany and Converted farmhouse into a luxury villa in Tuscany.
Today’s house tour is a mountain getaway infused with a mix of modern and Belgian-farmhouse style by designer Will Wick, located in Lake Tahoe, California. This Martis Camp vacation home was designed for a young couple with three children, the casual style atmosphere fits perfectly with its surrounding environment of pine trees. The designer selected of color palette of neutrals and warm hues wrapped in clean lines contrasted with rustic materials for a cool mountain aesthetic. To pull off the Belgian look, the designer selected chunky furnishings and oversize black granite tiles for the flooring. The tiles were sandblasted in order to give the effect of Belgian bluestone with white grouting. The flooring invigorates the space, while the walls were dressed in warmth with bleached cedar that has been given a whitewashed finish. The designer wanted the tones to be simple so as not to detract from the natural setting seen through all of the sunlit windows. The window frames were all painted black to not only add definition but to draw your eyes to the beautiful scenery outside. To create an indoor-outdoor connection, accordion window walls were added to either side of the living area to extend the space for entertaining. The outdoor living space encompasses sun loungers and a dining area with a fire pit to enjoy fresh air and dining al fresco.
An elk head comprised of drift wood graces the dry stacked stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace, created an additional focal point to this stunning living room. The custom cabinets on either side of the fireplace plays host to a wet bar on one side and a concealed television on the other.
Love mountain retreats? We have featured plenty here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at some past inspiration: Modern vacation retreat in the woods near Lake Tahoe and New York loft meets mountain modern living in Lake Tahoe.
The kitchen was left as an open concept to keep the space feeling casual and to make it easy for kids. With two floating islands, this kitchen is the perfect design to enjoy both cooking and entertaining, not to mention having a great flow for keeping an eye on little ones!
Photos: House Beautiful
This modern log estate was designed as a relaxing family vacation getaway by VAg Architects and Planners, nestled high on a mountaintop in Denver, Colorado. This sprawling home features beautiful indoor and outdoor living spaces that is styled to give a resort-like ambiance. The interior features soaring ceilings, exposed wooden trusses, wood beams, exquisite light fixtures and cozy furnishings, everything you would imagine in a mountain home. Large expanses of windows in every room not only brings in lots of daylight, it also takes advantage of the fantastic views that this area has to offer. The exterior facade is clad in stone and wood logs, with serval outdoor living spaces, including a spacious outdoor deck that looks out over the surrounding mountainous landscape. This is the perfect retreat for both winter and summer vacations, with skiing in the winter and wonderful hiking trails in the summer.
Are you seeking for more great inspiration here on 1 Kindesign? We have featured plenty of mountain retreats in the past, here are a couple of our favorites in case you missed them, Contemporary mountain home in Aspen by Poss Architecture and Modern mountain home in the high Sierras: Flight House.
A floor to ceiling fireplace is a dramatic focal point to this stunning living room. Cozy seating arrangements invites family and guests to curl up and make conversation. Floor to ceiling windows invites nature in and illuminates the space. An area rug makes the space feel warm and adds texture and color.
Photos: Courtesy of VAg Architects and Planners
Port Streets residence is farmhouse style with rustic details designed by Eric Olsen Design, located in the Harbor View Homes area of Newport Beach, California. Designed for a young couple with two kids, this lovely home is nestled in a neighborhood with beautiful back years and streets lined with trees. The designer wanted to build a home that still fit into the neighborhood but was more unique, with a modern farmhouse style, as if it belonged in Napa Valley. The inspiration for the design palette was clean modern lines harmoniously blended with natural rustic materials. The clients wanted a stylish and fresh design approach, yet be family friendly to stand the test of time. Upon entry into this lovely home, you immediately sense an air of openness, with an open hallway and clerestory windows above, plenty of light penetrates the space. The main, open concept living spaces are arranged on the first floor, with the private zones of the bedrooms dispersed on the second level. From the entry you can also see straight through to the dining area out the outdoor living area with a dramatic fireplace. Eye-catching details can be seen throughout the interiors, with rustic reclaimed wood and a sliding barn door that closes off a wing of the upstairs hallway. Adding to the farmhouse feel is the staircase, a focal point in of itself, with the railing comprised of wood and stainless steel cables. The interiors showcase inviting materials and plenty of warmth, everything from reclaimed wood to built-in bookshelves, wood paneling and moldings, all adding texture to the spaces. Built-ins add a personal touch to the home, displaying the owner’s collection of old books and other decorative items.
You will find a neutral color palette with the odd pop of color, creating harmony and a sense of calmness. The furnishings are a mix of the owner’s own pieces from their previous home, some of which are antiques collected from a warehouse scouted in Los Angeles., Big Daddy’s Antiques. What do you think of this wonderful home we have featured here on 1 Kindesign, is there anything in particular you like or do not like about it? Please let us know in the comments section below, we would love your feedback! Are you in need of further inspiration?
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Photos: Courtesy of Eric Olsen Design & Luxe Source
This magical stone clad residence was designed as a new home for a young family by McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, located in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Built in 2011, the exterior of the home showcases gabled roofs that echo the neighborhoods 1920s English style houses and cottages. Upon entrance to the H-shaped plan home, one is welcomed with views straight through to the back garden. The interiors boast a soft color palette and cozy atmosphere, inviting you to get comfortable. “I wanted it to be atmospheric, soft and a little bit foggy, a house is not just visual, it should be sensual,” states the designer. The living area offers double height ceiling and a variety of seating arrangements which gives the space a nice scale and the illusion of intimacy. Spans of handmade leaded windows allows natural light to penetrate throughout the spaces. Wire-brushed oak floors offer a tactile finish, along with wood-hewn beams in the living area.
A cozy fireplace accented by a plush chair greets guest upon arrival into the concrete tiled front entryway. The soft and fluffy goatskin rug, although seemingly decadent and possibly inappropriate for someone walking in with muddy boots, is actually a great selection since the rug is full of lanolin and stays clean. What do you think of this home, do you feel that is has a great design aesthetic? Please let us know in the comments section below!
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Oak beams in the breakfast nook makes the space feel rustic yet sophisticated.
Luxurious fabrics such as velvet and silk cocoon the master bedroom retreat, making it feel grand and opulent in scale.
Photos: Courtesy of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors
This rustic bunkhouse was designed by Carter Kay Interiors as a guesthouse for a couple who have adult children and grandchildren visiting them in Ennis, Montana. The house is comprised of 1,600 square feet (149 square meters) of living space with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The owner’s enjoy entertaining and hosting overnight guests, so building this guesthouse was the perfect solution. Nestled along the Madison River Valley, those who visit the ranch come for what the area is famous for, fly fishing. The direction of the interior design of the home centered around a piece of art, a paining of a fly fisherman. Colors were picked up from the painting and dispersed throughout the home, blues, greens and khakis. The painting now decorates one of the bedrooms, hung over a custom designed console table with iron legs, vintage gears and a reclaimed wood top. Each one of the bedrooms has a private door that leads out to the exterior of the home. With the main house nearby, this allows everyone to be on their own schedule without disturbing other guests staying in the bunkhouse. What are your thoughts on this wonderful retreat? Would you be comfortable vacationing here?
Have a look at another bunkhouse we featured here on 1 Kindesign, Cozy rustic bunkhouse getaway in Northern Wisconsin. Love Carter Kay Interiors work? We have featured their talent in another article, Rustic meets contemporary in Montana: Channels Ranch.
The main entryway sets a casual tone with slate flooring that is easy to clean and a bench for taking off or putting on your shoes.
Above the console table is the piece of artwork that set off the interior design direction of the home (the color palette was selected from the hues in the painting).
The living room is very comfortable and casual, inviting you to sit down and have great conversation. The living space is open to a breakfast nook and small kitchen, a perfect arrangement for family gatherings. The wooden horses were discovered at a flea market, setting off a playful tone. There is a real Western flair that has been created in this space, with the hide chairs, wooden coffee table and blue denim fabric on the sofa, as well as the warm wood flooring.
The sunlit breakfast nook features a playful hand-forged steel table that has attached seats, selected with kids in mind.
This cool light fixture was custom designed for the space, crafted to simulate Montana ranch fences and ropes.
This small kitchen was designed with the idea that it would be more of a breakfast kitchen than a full kitchen. The owners wanted everyone to dine together, so they equipped the small space with just the essentials, such as a microwave and a spot for grabbing some coffee on the go. To create warmth in the space, countertops were crafted from reclaimed wood, as were the shelves. The area rug adds a pop of color to the space.
The home offers to master bedrooms on either side of the living area, with a third bedroom connected to this master, offering twin beds for the children. The walls are clad in a tongue and groove and wooden beams decorate the ceiling. A series of photographs above the bed adds a pop of color to the space. The flooring is a cheetah print, which adds some personality to the space.
This dresser came as a set that was discovered while out on a shopping excursion for antiques; they were refinished to fit into the design scheme of each of the master bedrooms. The one pictured above was finished in a gray wash. The colorful vintage scarab scroll above the dresser was selected as a fun nod to the family’s history in the pest control business.
Photos: EMR Photography
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