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25 Trendy Kitchens That Unleash the Allure of Sliding Barn Doors

Sometimes it is used as a space-saver and on other occasions it is an aesthetic addition that turns heads and anchors a breezy, contemporary room; the classic barn door has acquired new-found popularity in the last few seasons. It has been a major part in design trends such as the use of reclaimed wood and distressed wooden accents. The barn door has a presence about it that is simply undeniable, and it looks even more mesmerizing in a modern setting. Having showcased some fabulous examples of barn doors used in stylish living rooms and trendy bedrooms, today we take a look at kitchens that turn to the sliding barn door.

The Perfect Pantry Door

If you are looking for a pantry door that is unique, fashionable and brings an additional texture to your kitchen dominated by stone, tile and glass, then the sliding barn door is a great option indeed. There are plenty of variations here that you can select from, and the existing style of your kitchen often determines this choice. A reclaimed, vintage barn door can be expensive, is often pretty heavy, and will take special hardware to install. Consider the cost and the space on offer before you choose one as your new pantry door.

Barn door pantry offers plenty of storage space for chinaware [Design: Robert Paige Cabinetry / Photography by William Quarles]
Barn door pantry offers plenty of storage space for chinaware [Design: Robert Paige Cabinetry / Photography by William Quarles]
Mediterranean kitchen with reclaimed barn door for the pantry [Design: Andra Birkerts Design]
Mediterranean kitchen with reclaimed barn door for the pantry [Design: Andra Birkerts Design]
Turn that old door into a sliding barn-style door for the pantry [Design: HighCraft Builders]
Turn that old door into a sliding barn-style door for the pantry [Design: HighCraft Builders]

The sliding mechanism of the barn door is what makes it so perfect for the pantry. This helps save space in the kitchen, as you will not need any additional clearance area for swinging open the door. Lighter, more modern sliding, barn-style doors also offer a versatile alternative, and you can even use paint to ensure they blend in with the color scheme of your kitchen.

Beach style kitchen with a lovely pantry [Design: Marty Rhein - BAC Design Group / Williamson Photography]
Beach style kitchen with a lovely pantry [Design: Marty Rhein – BAC Design Group / Williamson Photography]
Full-size pantry with counters and workzone hidden behind sliding barn-style doors [Design: K.Marshall Design]
Full-size pantry with counters and workzone hidden behind sliding barn-style doors [Design: K.Marshall Design]
Modern pantry design with an elegant sliding barn door [Design: Dwellings Design Group]
Modern pantry design with an elegant sliding barn door [Design: Dwellings Design Group]
Create a unique kitchen with barn doors for the pantry [Design: Green Apple Design]
Create a unique kitchen with barn doors for the pantry [Design: Green Apple Design]

An Exceptional Entrance

Does the barn door for the pantry seem like an all-too-obvious choice? Maybe what your kitchen needs is a remarkable entrance that sets it apart from the dining room and living area next to it! Sliding barn-style doors get this done with ease, and they definitely bring a sense of dramatic style thanks to both their size and the visual contrast they offer. Those seeking the same visual impact but with a more refined finish can either paint it in lovely neutrals such as steely gray or even opt for sliding doors with wooden frames and frosted glass panels. These modern variants inspired by the barn door seem equally impressive.

Fabulous gray sliding doors for the stylish modern kitchen [Design: Dillon Kyle Architecture]
Fabulous gray sliding doors for the stylish modern kitchen [Design: Dillon Kyle Architecture]
Barn doors leading to the kitchen give it a rustic appeal instantly [Design: Narofsky Architecture + ways2design]
Barn doors leading to the kitchen give it a rustic appeal instantly [Design: Narofsky Architecture + ways2design]
Trendy barn-style doors with frosted glass panels [Design: Barbara Gilbert Interiors]
Trendy barn-style doors with frosted glass panels [Design: Barbara Gilbert Interiors]
Contemporary kitchen uses the sliding barn door to bring a unique texture to the setting [Design: Refined LLC]
Contemporary kitchen uses the sliding barn door to bring a unique texture to the setting [Design: Refined LLC]
Kitchen and home office rolled into one [Design: Advanced Renovations]
Kitchen and home office rolled into one [Design: Advanced Renovations]
Rustic design elements create a cozy and practical kitchen [Design: Vernon Sons Construction]
Rustic design elements create a cozy and practical kitchen [Design: Vernon Sons Construction]
Translucent sliding door for the curated, contemporary kitchen [Design: Benning Design Associates]
Translucent sliding door for the curated, contemporary kitchen [Design: Benning Design Associates]

A Fun & Useful Message Board!

When it comes to our personal favorite, the sliding barn-style cabinet or pantry door covered in chalkboard always wins hands down! A surface to scribble on is something that we all need (even as adults) in our home, and having one in the kitchen means there is a ready-made message board that every member of the family can use. You can even make a list of groceries you need to pick up or quickly jot down a recipe that you accidentally stumbled upon. (Happens with us bad cooks sometimes!)

Chalkboard door and barn door track create a dynamic message board in the kitchen [Design: Silent Rivers Design+Build]
Chalkboard door and barn door track create a dynamic message board in the kitchen [Design: Silent Rivers Design+Build]
Sliding barn doors fit in perfectly with the ambiance of even modern kitchens [Design: The Ransom Company]
Sliding barn doors fit in perfectly with the ambiance of even modern kitchens [Design: The Ransom Company]
Custom chalkboard sliding door for the cabinet [Design: thea home]
Custom chalkboard sliding door for the cabinet [Design: thea home]
Sliding chalkboard barn door for the kitchen cabinet [Design: Tal Naor and Thea segal / Photography Dana Miller]
Sliding chalkboard barn door for the kitchen cabinet [Design: Tal Naor and Thea segal / Photography Dana Miller]

Rustic, Unique and Versatile

Those who do not have a full-fledged pantry and have a kitchen that is part of an open plan living area can still tap into the charm of the barn door by using similar doors for the kitchen cabinets. They seem like loads of fun, bring the warmth of weathered wood to the kitchen and often end up being the showstoppers of the modern interior. Sliding, frosted glass cabinet doors with a metallic or wooden frame might not exactly be ‘barn doors’ in the strictest sense, but that is another great way to translate the rustic inspiration into a contemporary variant. Improvise and innovate to make sure that your version of the barn door fits with the ambiance of your kitchen.

Classy use of gray in the cheerful, beach style bathroom[Design: Louk Enterprise]
Classy use of gray in the cheerful, beach style bathroom[Design: Louk Enterprise]
Industrial kitchen with smart cabinets featuring sliding wooden doors [Design: Bailey General Contracting Co]
Industrial kitchen with smart cabinets featuring sliding wooden doors [Design: Bailey General Contracting Co]
Old, reclaimed sliding barn door for the kitchen cabinet and pantry [From: Nat Rea Photography]
Old, reclaimed sliding barn door for the kitchen cabinet and pantry [From: Nat Rea Photography]
Farmhouse kitchen with a barn door for the pantry [Design: Rebekah Zaveloff – KitchenLab]
Farmhouse kitchen with a barn door for the pantry [Design: Rebekah Zaveloff – KitchenLab]
Rustic kitchen on the lower level of loft home offers a space-savvy solution [Design: Northworks Architects and Planners]
Rustic kitchen on the lower level of loft home offers a space-savvy solution [Design: Northworks Architects and Planners]
Shabby chic kitchen with frosted, sliding cabinet door [Design: Antonio Martins Interior Design]
Shabby chic kitchen with frosted, sliding cabinet door [Design: Antonio Martins Interior Design]
Traditional kitchen with woodsy barn doors in the backdrop [Design: Michael Gruber Design / Photography: Mark Havens]
Traditional kitchen with woodsy barn doors in the backdrop [Design: Michael Gruber Design / Photography: Mark Havens]

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