Behind The Barn Door

Howdy Y’all! There is one trend that subtly slid into 2014 and has cemented itself into 2015: the barn door. Let us all tap into our country selves to appreciate its existence. 

As a girl from Ohio or OH-HI-YO some may say, there is a bumpkin in me that has not vacated, despite my Brooklyn surroundings. You may not know that my long-term high school job was a server at Bob Evans, a restaurant for the penny-pinching country folk in you. Probably my favorite job ever, I’d rush to my tables asking “Y’all want to start with some Strah-barrry Ice Taaay or some cool Lem-on-aaaade” (I always went for the up-sell). Although, I never usually used “Y’all” in my normal life speak, Bob Evans inspired a whole new side of me: the biscuits and sausage gravy side, the Rise’n’Shine and cup of noodles side. There are many more tales centered around Bob Evans that have impacted who I am today, but those are for later. 

Without further ado, let us highlight the barn door with ideas on where you could install this rustic, farmhouse creation which could be the next innovation and focal piece to your space. Added bonus, maybe you are a DIY person, these doors can absolutely be made cost-effectively and even with reclaimed wood (just check if you require home improvement permits in your area prior to installation). The most essential question to adding the barn door is this: what are you trying to conceal? Let us explore differing scenarios. I will keep my comments to a minimum as the inspirational material is at a maximum (I couldn’t stop myself). 

The Perpetuating Privacy Barn Door: 

There are some fundamental elements to these sturdy, typically wooden doors that can prove very handy for maintaining privacy: heavily soundproof and solid. Yes, apartment dwellers, our dream. In my current inhabitance,  with one mere bathroom in our studio, I must resort to large amounts of coughing and even running water to spare my person from hearing things he cannot simply erase in his mind. Irrepressible things that will haunt him for evermore. This use of the barn door is ideal for bathrooms, bedrooms and even quiet office areas. 

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Eclectic Bathroom by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers The Brooklyn Home Company
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Other
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Transitional Bathroom by San Carlos General Contractors Allwood Construction Inc
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Contemporary Bedroom by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
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Contemporary Bathroom by Seattle Architects & Building Designers Masterson Studio
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Rustic Home Office by Chatham Architects & Building Designers Siemasko + Verbridge
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Bedroom by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Fiorella Design
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Modern Bathroom by Kansas City Design-Build Firms Hufft Projects
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Eclectic Bedroom by Austin Interior Designers & Decorators Van Wicklen Design
I am loving that everything in this room is IKEA. 
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The Concealing Storage Barn Door: 

Maybe you are like me, a little OCD where every item in your dwelling has a “home,” a place that it lives out of the human eye particularly when company comes calling. If so, then this use of the barn door is for you, basically an organizer’s dream to block the clutter from view but in the most visual interesting way possible. This barn door is ideal for pantries, shelving units, closets, laundry rooms and any other hidden crannies we just don’t want to continually see. 

Rustic Kitchen by Denver Architects & Building Designers Lawrence and Gomez Architects
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Contemporary Kitchen by Providence Photographers Nat Rea Photography
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Farmhouse Kitchen by Alexandria Design-Build Firms The Ransom Company
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Transitional Wine Cellar by Dallas Media & Bloggers Angela Flournoy
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Traditional Home Bar by Carmel Interior Designers & Decorators Everything Home
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Transitional Bathroom by Newport Beach Architects & Building Designers Eric Aust Architect
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Farmhouse Family Room by Santa Barbara General Contractors Landmark Construction
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Traditional Family Room by Houston Home Builders Thompson Custom Homes
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Farmhouse Kitchen by West Chester General Contractors Rudloff Custom Builders
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Contemporary Spaces by Other Metro Doors DAYORIS Doors / Panels
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Traditional Kitchen by Raleigh Photographers Tad Davis Photography
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Traditional Family Room by Birmingham Home Builders Signature Homes
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Traditional Kitchen by Rockford Interior Designers & Decorators Green Apple Design
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Traditional Kitchen
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Farmhouse Kitchen by Chicago Kitchen & Bath Designers Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab
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The Making An Entrance Barn Door: 

Perhaps you aren’t working to conceal anything at all, in fact, you want to flaunt it. Barn doors are ideal when it comes to adding drama to an entrance. Exhibit your favorite spaces by sliding them into the spotlight, accessible behind these unique doors. In this manner, barn doors can be used to highlight any room. 

Farmhouse Dining Room by Del Mar Architects & Building Designers Anne Sneed Architectural Interiors
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Contemporary Entry by Telluride Architects & Building Designers TruLinea Architects Inc

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Traditional Patio
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Eclectic Kitchen by Richmond Design-Build Firms Davidson Designs
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Traditional Home Office by Wooster General Contractors Weaver Custom Homesspace

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Traditional Staircase by Costa Mesa Architects & Building Designers Brandon Architects, Inc.
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Farmhouse Entry by Philadelphia Architects & Building Designers Moger Mehrhof Architects
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Contemporary Entry by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Feldman Architecture, Inc.
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Contemporary Kitchen by Montreal Interior Designers & Decorators Esther Hershcovich
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Traditional Kitchen by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Su Casa Designs
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Rustic Dining Room by Hendersonville General Contractors Glennwood Custom Builders (NC)
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The You Will Never Guess What’s Behind Here Barn Door:

Maybe you are like me and a total fan of mystery and intrigue although you can’t determine where a hidden, bookshelf door would belong in your space. The solution: the suspense-inducing barn door for all your want-to-be secret agent moments. Install a barn door to hide your coziest of nooks, ideal for offices, kitchen separators, sitting areas or even sleeping spaces. 

Farmhouse Kitchen by Wenham Kitchen & Bath Designers K.Marshall Design Inc.
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Contemporary Living Room by Toronto Interior Designers & Decorators Douglas Design Studio
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Transitional Dining Room by Dayton Interior Designers & Decorators Nest Designs LLC
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Contemporary Home Theater by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Lizette Marie Interior Design
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Rustic Hall by Austin Architects & Building Designers Webber + Studio, Architects
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Farmhouse Living Room by Houston Architects & Building Designers Dillon Kyle Architecture
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Rustic Family Room by Peachtree City Architects & Building Designers Our Town Plans
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Traditional Kitchen by Fort Collins Design-Build Firms HighCraft Builders
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Rustic Home Office by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
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Traditional Hall by Bethesda Architects & Building Designers Rill Architects
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Thank you for taking the rootinest’ tootinest’ journey with me. I’m sorry I couldn’t pair these pictures down, but if you finally made it here, awesome. 
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Until next time,
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Jenn

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