Barn doors have been steadily gaining popularity, and not just among those tilling the fields. Their stylishly exposed hardware, simple design, and versatility make them ideal candidates for small contemporary homes and spacious lofts alike. We love the contrast of rustic country style in a clean-lined contemporary setting.
• 1,2,3 Painting the sliding door in a bold, contrasting color highlights the unexpected quirkiness of employing a barn door indoors.
• 4 A regular door can be mounted on the barn door track in place of the standard swing hinge system.
• 5,6 We love the idea of using them in closets and pantries, especially in narrow, high-traffic hallways or kitchens where outward swinging doors are often awkward and inefficient. They are also an ideal alternative for system for spaces that would otherwise need a custom-sized door.
• 7,8,9 We especially love love the eye-catching industrial look of double barn style doors used indoors.
• 10,11 While we love the idea of an open floor plan, it's not always an ideal situation for a home of many. Because of they can be designed exceptionally wide, barn doors are a great solution for partitioning off areas when you need privacy.
• 12 We love the look of these sleek modern steel and glass doors in the rustic barn style form — this example is from Geoffrey Holton & Associates's design for a studio space in Berkeley, California.