There may be no other feature as popular in modern homes than barn doors on industrial-style hardware. These stylish dividers bring a rustic flair to an otherwise traditional space.
Barn style doors have the unique ability to be rustic and cozy while also giving your home a modern and fresh feel. This is because it takes a traditional design structure and gives it life with modern materials and finishes.
If you have a cramped doorway area or are looking to do something creative in your home, then a sliding barn door may be just the thing. Don’t assume that a barn door design won’t work in your home because the rustic touch won’t go with the rest of your home’s decor. Interior barn doors come in a wide range of styles, materials, colors, and sizes.
Get inspired by these barn door ideas and start looking for the perfect place to install your own barn door.
1. Barn Door Design Ideas
The problem with traditional swinging doors is that they swing in or out. This means you’ll need enough room to open and close the door. However, in tight places, this just may not be functional or even possible. This is when you need to consider alternatives, such as a sliding or pocket door. These doors don’t take up space in the room because they slide along the wall on a track instead of swinging on hinges.
You can use barn doors in places with limited space, such as a hallway, bedroom, closet, or front entry. These areas tend to have plenty of wall space but limited floor space. You could even have two barn doors that separate when they open.
2. White Barn Door Ideas
White barn doors are a clean and classic look. You can create barn doors that will blend into any design aesthetic. The white color is neutral and universally appealing. You can consider creating rustic farmhouse doors with the traditional crossbeam style. Or you could create a craftsman, French country, or traditional style of door with ornate carvings and trim work. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can design modern, contemporary, or minimalist sliding barn doors that feature clean lines and minimal details.
When installing white doors, balance the neutral nature of the doors with bold hardware. Both black and gold look beautiful for your door hardware. Whatever you choose, use the same finish for the door handles, wheels, and track.
3. Barn Door with Glass Ideas
When you add glass to barn doors, you give them a modern feel. Glass barn doors also allow light through, which can help divide two adjoining rooms, such as a bedroom and bathroom. In this situation, you may not need as much privacy with the door closed. You can then use clear glass, which will allow the greatest amount of light transmission.
However, we use doors to block access to a space. So the majority of the time, you’ll want your barn doors to have frosted glass. This look lends itself well to modern doors with simple wood frames and large panes of glass.
But you can also breathe life into an old door by updating a reclaimed barn door. Consider installing one as your pantry barn door. You can then cut out the middle-upper panel and replace it with clear glass. This gives you a custom interior door that embraces vintage detail and elegance while also allowing you to see into your pantry or laundry room.
4. French Barn Door Ideas
A set of French doors consists of two smaller doors, working together as a pair. They have divided glass panels in place of a traditional wood center. When they open, they swing away from each other and create a large open doorway. The same concept works with French barn doors. Instead of having one large and heavy door, you have two smaller doors that are easier to maneuver.
You may hear of them referred to as double barn doors. This sliding door idea is perfect for wide doorways. These spaces would require a massive barn that that’s too large to be functional. They’re also perfect for installing as a room divider. The double door divides the doorway in half, and the full glass nature of the French style allows you to still see through the doors and into the next room. You’ll physically separate the space without visually closing it in.
Consider installing French barn doors between your living room or kitchen and dining room. They can also look lovely when they separate your master bedroom and bathroom.
5. Closet Barn Door Ideas
A closet is a perfect place to install a barn door. For smaller closet openings, you can use a single closet door. For wider openings, you’ll need two. You could even use four panels that are small in width for full functionality. This works well when your closet opening is wide, but you don’t have a lot of space on either side of the closet.
When designing your closet barn doors, consider skipping the glass and using wood. Mount a mirror on the face of your wooden barn door for a convenient place to check your outfit.
If you don’t need a mirror, then use your wood barn door as a chance to enhance the style of the room. You can use paneling, angled planks, reclaimed wood, or even elaborate trim work.
6. Double Barn Door Ideas
Double doors have a similar style to French doors. The main difference is the amount of glass in the doors. Double doors typically don’t have any while French doors are mostly glass. If you like the look of french doors, but need more privacy, then these are a better option.
Double barn doors could hide your laundry room area or a hall closet opening. They can also work well to hide your home office. All of these areas of your home tend to get messy. A traditional barn door lets you close the door and hide the mess.
When you have double doors, you have more freedom to get creative in the design. A traditional approach is to have the design on each door mirror the other, so they look exactly the same. But you can get more creative and have the two doors be a continuation of a single design so that when closed, they create a holistic visual effect, such as two halves of a diamond or circle that come together to make a complete shape.
7. Painted Barn Door Ideas
Don’t assume that because you have a farmhouse-style wooden door that it needs to have a bare-wood finish. Painting your barn door gives it a finished look and changes the aesthetic so that it’s less rustic.
One option is to paint the door the same color as the walls of the room. The door will blend into the surrounding wall. With the door shut, it will look more like a smooth uniformed wall.
Another option is the opposite approach. Paint the door with a high contrast color to make the door stand out. If you want your barn door to be a featured element of the room, this is a great move.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your painting. You could use multiple shades of the same color to create a shadow effect. Or you could use multiple complementary colors to create a custom DIY barn door.
8. Modern Barn Door Ideas
The hallmark of modern interior design trends is to embrace geometric patterns. These designs can be painted onto the door or built into the design of the door with trim. Either way, you’ll see diagonal lines, pentagons, hexagons, squares, and triangles.
Another hallmark of modern design is to embrace creative and unique solutions that combine style and functionality. This could be using a chalkboard barn door in your kitchen. Now you have a large and convenient place for writing your grocery list or recipes. Also consider installing a mini barn door as a dog door.
Another common trend you’ll see in modern barn doors is the use of composites. These innovative materials look and feel precisely like traditional stock but come with several advantages. They are much lighter and more durable. This lets you create doors that are significantly larger yet still maneuverable.
9. Bathroom Barn Door Ideas
Solid barn doors work well for bathrooms. You could use one in your master bedroom to give you and your partner privacy when using the master bathroom. Or you could use one in your hallway for your guest bathroom. Or perhaps you use a barn door in the actual bathroom to hide the toilet away in its own room.
If you’re brave enough for a modern look, you could have frosted glass panels in your barn door. This will provide privacy while also giving the illusion of sight.
One thing to keep in mind with your bathroom barn door is that you need functionality on both sides of the door. Make sure it’s easy to open the door from both sides of the door. This doesn’t mean you need a handle, but there should be something to grab. The door should also glide easily. There should also be a way to lock the door to ensure no one opens it while someone is inside.
10. Rustic Barn Door Ideas
Why not embrace the rustic beauty of a traditional barn door with a farmhouse style rustic door in your home. Create your own door out of reclaimed or salvaged wood planks. Look for ones that have a bit of character, such as imperfections or worn paint. If you can’t find any aged wood to use, you can build yours out of wood from the local hardware store and then use a faux finish to make it look rustic and old.
When building your door, consider the plank layout. A traditional method is to lay out several long planks to create the main body and size of the door. Then create a frame around the outside. Finish the door with one or two diagonal pieces.
Finish your rustic door with vintage or vintage-inspired hardware. Black will look like wrought iron—a traditional material used for this style of doors. You could also accent your door with prominent authentic antique wheels.
Barn Door FAQs
Can I build my own barn doors?
Yes, you can! There are barn door kits that you can buy with everything you need to build your rolling barn door. However, this will limit you to predetermined sizes, designs, and colors. You could build your own door out of a salvaged Dutch door, instead. Turn the top half of the door into a glass window and then mount the entire door on wheels. A third option is to build a custom door to fit unusual dimensions, such as a mini barn door.
How much wall space do I need for a barn door?
The wall space you need equals the width of the doorway opening. If you plan to use a single door, the wall space on one side must equal the door’s width. If you plan to have double doors, then you need half of the width of the doorway on either side. Keep in mind that the door will be wider than the doorway to cover the opening completely.
Can you convert a regular door into a barn door?
Yes, you can! You’ll need to buy a new door that doesn’t have any predrilled holes for hardware. Then mount your wheel hardware to the top of the door. You’ll hang it on the track the same as you would any other barn door.