Barn doors – to paint or not to paint… that is the question

September 24th, 2013

In preparation for our framers, I combed over our floor plan to make any last minute internal framing changes. Initially we had the playroom downstairs with just an opening instead of a door – I want to be able to hear whats happening down there – and sometimes kids get rowdy with doors. Anyway we decided to go ahead and frame it for a door and then thought barn doors would be a fun solution for when we do want to close the space off (guests staying in the room, or kids grounded from the toys!). We’ll make sure they aren’t easy to move – so a grownup has to close and open them. I still wanted a large opening, so we framed for a 60″ space. This leaves me space on each side for barn door – something like this:

west elm barn doors

(via west elm)

I personally love the pop of color that you can get from a feature like a barn door, This citron is gorgeous:

tracery interiors(via southern living)

But a subtle gray is beautiful too:

(Seattle General Contractors)

And I always say that aqua/turquoise is the answer to any question… These doors can be both playful and elegant, right?
meyer davis studio inc blue barn doors indoor interior(via meyer davis studio)

Or a lighter more beachy blue looks super fresh and homey.

(Viridian Homes)
And here is an even brighter version, which I definitely LOVE. I’d say something like this is a front runner for me:
Barn-Doors-In-Blue-2
(via slate design)
I like the boldness of the red, but don’t think I could go that bright!
(Echelon Custom Homes)

Now this is an old fire door (what I wouldn’t do to get my hands on one of those!), but it could be somewhat replicated by finding an old chippy door – or going crazy with a sander.  I love the wall in the back with the traditional green chalkboard. I can’t get away with that in our main living space… but maybe on the other side of the doors inside the playroom. Where does one even find old-timey green chalkboard paint??

via country living(via country living)

And since I’m completely in love with black painted things right now, I know a set of gorgeous black doors would really pop in the space. I’m doing all of my interior doors black though – so it’s a bit redundant. Still love it in this photo though.

(Melinda Faranetta)
And then there are all those other colors – these melon doors are so sweet, and who knows a perfectly chosen shade of orange or emerald might be just what the room needs!
But…. the house is going to be somewhat rustic – a lot of reclaimed wood. I know Mr. Project would prefer wood doors. This one is great – just simple vertical planks with supports. A barn door like this would look amazing on any wall of the house.
(Fiorella Design)
This one is framed out, and the wood is oiled to bring out all those rich hues.
(Nampa Doors)
This one is just super simple – we could use our pallet wood for it. I love how the thicknesses of the wood changes from one row to the next and how smaller pieces are patched in etc. This is probably my favorite.  Very industrial looking.
 (The Ranch Mine)
Or for something a bit more refined and stable-esque, these ones are just the right mix of rustic and elegant.
Bonin Architects & Associates)
So which doors do you prefer? I definitely prefer a bright fun painted door, but the rustic/industrial doors also get me pretty excited. I’m going to have a really hard time choosing!

5 Responses to “Barn doors – to paint or not to paint… that is the question”

  1. Cari Skuse says:

    I think that if you have a lot of regular, unpainted wood in the house (or just in that area) the painted wood might be a better choice because it really stands out. I like either. Painted wood might also be a better choice where children are concerned because of messy hands. I know my boys always seem to find a way to slop things up!

  2. Jen says:

    Gotta do color!!! Love it!

  3. Kate says:

    I love the unpainted doors – but I want to live in a comfy cabin someday (or a cool combination of the space-agey house and the cabin in Oblivion). And couldn’t you make the green chalkboard paint from that “recipe” on Martha Stewart (something like grout and paint mixed together)?

  4. libbywilko says:

    Love the painted doors especially if its predominantly a playroom but maybe that turquoise elegant feel nice for guest & fun for kids too. I do love the last doors though. Can’t wait to see what you choose.

  5. Zoe Hart says:

    i love..EVERITHING! Can i live there? Lol
    xx Zoe

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