It’s hard to deny that sliding barn doors can add instant character to a home. Old or new, they are a functional statement in the home and give homeowners the opportunity to showcase their unique style. Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource slides (get it?!) a bit deeper into the topic of barn doors.
The great thing about barn doors is that they can complement any style. Opt for a reclaimed barn door, with authentic patina and distress marks, to achieve a rustic aesthetic. Don’t have access to a reclaimed door? Incorporate a new door that is made to look old to add a touch of farmhouse style – layers of paint, hand-distressing, sanding. Do you have a more modern home? A sleek barn door in a fresh color can easily tie in with your contemporary space. Barn doors are versatile, so select a material and style that complement your home.
Choosing barn door hardware can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s another opportunity to make a statement. For instance, wrought iron hardware can emphasize a more rustic style while steel tends to be a bit more contemporary. The style and placement of the hardware can also change the feel of the barn door. Oversized wheels, small steel rollers, horseshoe-shaped or prop hardware – the options are endless. Once you’ve decided on the hardware style, it’s time to consider the placement. Will it be located on the interior or exterior of the door? When it comes to pulls, many homeowners will opt for a more decorative option at the front of the door, but will use a flush piece on the backside to clear the wall when the door is sliding.
There are no rules when it comes to deciding where to put a barn door. We’ve seen them on pantries, in closets, to close off a playroom, at the bathroom, and to add division between a kitchen and dining room. No matter their location, barn doors are a functional, often space-saving, option for any area of the home.
Have fun with your barn door! Add a chalkboard door for notes or kids’ artwork. Incorporate transom windows to allow natural light into a space. Pick a bold color. Use glass panels as a modern alternative to French doors. It’s a great opportunity to be creative.