Thursday, February 7, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside: Warm It Up With Barn Doors

One of my favorite architectural trends right now is the emergence of barn doors. The over sized, rustic doors are most often hung on a track above the door frame and are taking the place of tradition sliding doors and french doors. While possible to hang in a smaller space, my personal favorite use is in larger new construction homes. The doors are a great way to add warmth and architectural interest (to often builder standard) to wide open spaces.

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

The rustic wooden door by architect Culligan Abraham is hung on a rod iron track and features a window and a modern steel edge in place of a traditional pull. Photograph by Chris Lake.

This is one of my favorite example of the use of barn doors. The clean, white backdrop of the walls and floors in the main room are balanced with wooden support beams. The adjoining white bathroom with travertine floors in the bathroom are in perfect harmony with the rustic door.

In this white modern kitchen, whitewashed wooden doors are used to create architectural interest. The stainless steel track keeps the room feeling light and airy.

In what appears to be a newer construction home, the painted black barn door is used create privacy and add warmth to a potentially wide open and uninviting space. The once great room is now an intimate office setting.

The cool gray walls and stone fireplace are warmed this time by rustic wooden ceiling beams. The space is kept from feeling overly rustic by using a pair of white wooden barn doors as an entrance into the kitchen. Belgian roll arm couches and layered sea grass rugs complement the architecture to create an inviting space. 

To learn more about using barn doors in your home check out this article on Houzz.

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