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25 Ingenious Living Rooms That Showcase the Beauty of Sliding Barn Doors

They say that fashion is cyclic in nature and trends tend to repeat themselves once every 20-30 years. The same often seems true in the case of home design as interior décor, accessories and hues that were shunned in the early 90s for a more ‘modern’ look are now making a comeback. One of the most popular trends in recent times has been the desire to turn the contemporary home into a relaxing, personal sanctuary that is detached from the fast-paced urban jungle that surrounds it. A move to styles such as vintage, retro, rustic, industrial and farmhouse reflects this desire of homeowners. And it is a big part of the reason why sliding barn doors are finding space in contemporary homes.

If you are a touch coy about adding the barn-style door to your bedroom or bathroom, then the living room is the next best option indeed. There are many ways in which this can be accomplished, and in some cases you can even use them as just an aesthetic addition. Impressive, imposing and yet surprisingly adaptable, these 25 beautiful inspirations will get you started.

Snug, Woodsy Charm

Some of the advantages that come with adding a sliding barn-style door to your living room are obvious. For starters, the wooden barn door adds a unique texture to the contemporary living space that turns it into an instant focal point. If you already have a rustic or farmhouse theme going in your home, adding a barn door becomes even easier. The sliding door also saves up on precious square footage when compared to conventional doors that need additional room to swing open.

Reading nook and cozy window seat hidden behind the barn door [Design: Grandview Development & Construction / Darren Edwards Photography]
Traditional living room with sliding barn door [Design: Synthesis Design]
Gorgeous barn doors fit in seamlessly with the appeal of the rustic family house [Design: L.Bonadies General Contracting]

But the barn doors in the living room need not be used just to separate it from kitchen, dining room or bedroom next to it. They can be used to hide away a lovely reading nook, a small home bar or even a giant shelf or two with ease.

Barn door leads to the small home bar in the living room [Design: Landmark Construction]
Industrial living room with brick wall and sliding barn doors [Design: The Ranch Mine]
Rustic living room with sliding barn doors [Design: Glennwood Custom Builders]
Sliding door separate the living room from kitchen [Design: McCoppin Studios]

Modern Living Spaces with Barn Doors

As we alluded to earlier, the sliding barn door seems perfectly at home even in modern living rooms and often ends up becoming the showstopper in an otherwise monotonous setting. There are different ways you can tweak the classic barn door to ensure that it feels appropriate in a posh, cultured living area. Picking a door in a stain of wood that complements the color palette in the room is a great start indeed. Painting it black or gray is another popular option, and this gives the barn doors a more refined appeal. For those still not comfortable with the barn door in heavy wood, alternate options with glass panels and wooden frames could be the way forward.

Contemporary family room with sliding barn doors in gray [Design: Pohl Rosa Pohl]
Dark black barn door fits in with the contemporary theme of the living room seamlessly [Design: Urrutia Design]
Gray of the barn door blends with the color palette of the living room [Design: Laura U]
Barn door adds rustic touch to the cozy, contemporary living room [From: Louise de Miranda]
A more modern take on the classic barn door in the living room [Design: Douglas Design Studio]
Farmhouse living room with sliding barn doors [Design: Dillon Kyle Architecture]

Colorful Siding Doors

Maybe what your living room needs is a touch of color to enliven it, and the giant sliding barn-style door is a perfect way to do this without turning to more common options like the accent wall. Instead of stoic black or neutral gray, a sliding door clad in colors such as red, yellow, green or even orange can instantly enhance the color scheme of the living room while creating a bright focal point. It is best to repeat the color you use for the barn door elsewhere in the room by using accent additions and decor to give it a more elegant vibe.

Fabulous beach style living room in red, white and blue [Design: Echelon Custom Homes]
Posh living room in gray with a healthy dose of red [From: Sean Litchfield Photography]
Barn doors bring color and creativity to the small space [Design: Our Town Plans]

Reclaimed and Reused

Salvaged wood is as an easy way to give any room a sense of coziness, distinct style and unique character that comes with its wear and tear. It is one of the hottest trends in the world of home design in 2015, and your barn-style door perfectly fits this billing. Instead of opting for a brand new barn-style door custom-made for your living room, pick a used door that brings along with it a touch of history and a whole lot of personality. Reused barn-style doors can also come in metal, and they tend to add a rustic-industrial vibe that is truly distinct.

Vintage decor and breezy ambiance shape this faarmhouse style living room [Photography: Corynne Pless]
Old doors reused in the living room [Design: Tracey Rapisardi Design]
Sliding barn doors made from reclaimed chestnut lumber for living space [From: Reclaimed Lumber Products]
Living room dressed up for the holiday season! [Design: Kerrie L. Kelly]
Add that country charm to the living room with a reclaimed barn door [Design: Gerald D. Cowart]

Television – Out of Sight!

Finally, we have the sliding barn-style doors for the living room entertainment system or television, and these are our absolute favorite. Often much smaller than the gigantic barn doors used elsewhere, they still carry with them the same aura and distinctness that one expects from their larger cousins. With many of us finding the TV in the living room as an unnecessary distraction or even an eyesore, this is indeed an uber-cool way to hide the television.

Barn doors slide open to reveal the television [Design: Thompson Custom Homes]
Ingenious use of barn doors to hide the living room entertainment center [Design: Signature Homes]
Hide the living room TV behind custom sliding barn doors [Design: Visible Proof]
Small living room with sliding barn-style doors for the television nook [Design: 12th Ave Homes]

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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