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How to Add Barn Doors Without Making Your Home Feel Like a Farmhouse


Barn doors are a design element you may have spotted a number of times on the popular renovation show Fixer Upper. With the size of the family home shrinking and the need to maximize space now more crucial than ever, the functionality and styling potential offered by a set of barn doors makes them a popular choice for home renovators.

The current barn door trend involves either a single, or pair of doors, top hung from a wall-mounted steel rail. Plenty of affordable do-it-yourself hardware kits are available for transforming any door into a sliding barn door. And don’t let the name fool you! Barn doors can be customized to suit your style, whether it’s sleek and contemporary or farmhouse rustic.

We’ve looked through Pinterest to find creative ideas for how barn doors can be used to maximize space and style in any area of your home.


This barn door in a lived-in minimalist bedroom has extra functionality with the addition of a floor-length mirror.

Barn doors don’t even have to be doors. Use them creatively in the place of shutters to keep light in or out with ease.


Using several oversized barn doors creates a connection between spaces, like these ones with understated chevron detailing.

Easily update your home’s color scheme by giving your barn doors a quick coat of paint.

The modern family home is all about open-floor-plan living. Barn doors like these can help keep rooms separate but together if you’re not ready to commit to the open-floor-plan lifestyle.


Keep on top of your to-do list with a barn door blackboard like this one which opens onto a compact en suite. Or, use black board paint on barn doors in a living area to create a space where your kids’ creativity can run wild.

Create a spacious en suite by utilizing a well-placed barn door.


A rustic barn door like this one is the epitome of farmhouse styling.

Mini barn doors on cabinets are also a great way to maximize space in small areas, such as laundry rooms.

Home Office

As more people opt to work from home, it’s good to keep the home office behind barn doors on days off!


Barn doors don’t always have to evoke a farmhouse; these steel and glass doors are a sleek addition to keep the butler’s pantry hidden away.

Barn doors are a welcome trend to interior design. Another trend interior designers have embraced is Scandinavian-style rooms. Watch the video below to learn more about the Nordic trend on home decor:

This article was written by Home to Love editors. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.

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