These Contemporary Barn Doors Work for Just About Any Room

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For quite some time now, contemporary barn doors have been used everywhere but actual barns. These wide sliding apertures that glide on exterior hardware are super trendy for closets, room dividers, entryways, and beyond. Their popularity transcends the extra touch they add to any room because they are superhero space savers. Traditional swinging doors can take up to nine feet or more of space, and pocket doors are complicated to install. So barn doors are not only super chic, but they're also a super smart way to solve your square footage issues.

They can hide, divide, and provide privacy when you need it. And don't let the name fool you: Contemporary barn doors can work in all types of interiors from industrial to midcentury modern. It's all about the material you use and the installation process. Here are some styles to consider.

1. Modern Rustic

If your home is ultra-modern, but you think a barn door will help your rooms flow better, why not try a modern rustic door like this look from Rustica? The dark reclaimed wood both blends into and elevates the already super chic black brick wall.

2. Contemporary Industrial

Who said wood was the only material for a barn door? This sliding metal and glass option from White Shanty creates a super interesting contemporary industrial look. Plus, it divides the kitchen from the rest of the home, and the floor-to-ceiling size is truly striking.

3. Simply Natural

The truth is, contemporary barn doors come in all shapes and sizes. We've seen beautiful custom burl wood options that seriously have no straight edges. But sometimes going with what's simple works best. This small, bathroom barn door saves space and will be eternally stylish with its natural wood finish.

4. Sleek Country

Keep things sleek by painting your barn door to match your space. We like this elevated country look where the door's simple shade of white is the perfect match for the rest of the room.

5. Vibrant Modern

Stained or painted barn doors can bring in a pop of unexpected color to a modern room. Take this contemporary barn door look. The deep red stain adds just the right amount of accent in this spacious lower level.

6. Reflective and Bright

Like we mentioned, contemporary barn doors are excellent space savers when you don't have the room for a conventional door in your home or apartment. So why not make them work even harder by installing a full-length mirror like Irwin Builds did in this bathroom? You'll open up the tight quarters and create the perfect photo spot for your OOTDs.

7. Fresh Farmhouse

The interior sliding barn door trend was most likely sparked by the farmhouse decor frenzy that's taken a hold of so many of us. But we like downplaying the rustic side of the style with a modern twist. This lovely look from Heartly feels fresh. And it hides a storage nook without making too much of a splash.

8. Midcentury Mod

You think contemporary barn doors can't complement a midcentury aesthetic? This door design from Brennan + Company will prove you wrong. The soft coral color, the smooth surface, the simple metal hardware all just work.

9. Creatively Craftsman

This reimagined and cool craftsman home demonstrates how perfectly contemporary barn doors work in exterior settings. These ones from the Simpson Door Company can enclose an outdoor kitchen nook when it's not in use. And they blend in beautifully with the crisp lines of this classic home.

10. Classically Chic

Who hasn't fantasized about living in a barn? Albeit we're thinking of a barn that's outfitted with all the modern luxuries and chic style of a well-designed home. These stained custom double barn doors make the entryway more elegant than rustic in all the right ways.


As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.

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