Internal sliding barn doors are my latest obsession, so I thought I’d share some of my fave looks with you in today’s post.
My Williamstown design project, which features a bit of an Urban Industrial vibe, is getting a sliding barn door installed. I’ll share photos with you when it’s done, of course. But in the meantime, soak up some of the best snaps I found for you from around the internet.
The clients loved the idea of installing a barn door on their powder room. It opens up onto the living and dining room and is quite small. The current door is a bi-fold that opens into the room and it make the already tight space feel even tighter. So a sliding door was the solution. But why go for the obvious (and somewhat common) track door, when you can opt for a barn version and up the ante?
The other thing I love about internal sliding barn doors is the versatility. You can take them in so many different design directions. Don’t think of them as suitable for just rustic spaces. As you scroll through this post you’ll see that the rooms look rather chic and sophisticated.
Keep it Chic with a Black Barn Door
It’s hard to go past a black sliding barn door. It’s the colour I’m going to paint the one I’m putting in my Williamstown project. The walls in the space are going to be a light grey concrete effect, so the black is going to contrast wonderfully.
You’ll notice in the image above and the two below, that the surface of the doors are all different. One features all timber with interesting shapes. One has three glass panels at the top of the door. And the last black beauty showcases glass beautifully across most of the surface.
Truth be told, the last black one would probably not be officially classed as a barn door. If it is, that is one glamorous barn and I’d like to go live in it immediately. It acts as a great room divider though, don’t you think? Perfect for closing off a formal dining room or rumpus room, for example, without feeling totally shut-in.
“Sliding barn doors are more versatile than you think and will work in just about any home. It’s all about the colour and style you go for, making sure it complements your current interior scheme”.
Move Away from Rustic Vibes by Introducing Colour
The very term ‘barn door’ conjures up rustic farm living, I know. I’m by no means into roughing it, which is why I wanted to include some internal sliding door images that feel less industrial.
The one above, for example, perfectly illustrates how you can take the idea of a barn door and turn it into something quite fun and invigorating. What a fun home this one would be to live in.
Below you’ll notice the doors have been kept quite muted in a gorgeous grey tone, but there’s still interest there. You really do have to look to the current interior design scheme you have going on at home and decide on a colour from there. Also consider if you want the doors to be the focal point or feature in the space, or if they’re going to be a supporting player to a bigger moment like art or lighting.
Further down you’ll notice soothing blue and muddy green options that are my personal faves. They add a bit of colour to the spaces without overwhelming them.
“You can buy door kits and do the installation yourself, or opt to have the supplier install them for you. But honestly, getting the door fixed is a lot easier than you think”.
Where to Shop for Internal Sliding Barn Doors
The good news: there are a few great local suppliers who make barn doors for your home. I’ll list some of them below and link you to their website so you can shop away:
- Bunnings is the obvious go-to and you can see their range here
- Also don’t discount Doors Plus, who stock these awesome options
- Hume Doors are another great local biz and their range is here for you
- Rustica Hardware is another; they supply for House Rules and their options are here
All you have to do now is decide if you’re going to install the sliding barn door yourself or if you’d rather get someone else to do it for you. It all depends on your level of DIY skill. Honestly, it’s not as hard as you might think to try it yourself though.
Easier to Install than you Think
Keep in mind that some suppliers sell you the door alone, and some sell you the door and the track kit you need to install it. Just something to remember so you don’t order just the door and feel ripped off when it arrives!
The other thing to keep in mind is the weight of the door. Anything more than an 80kg door is likely to ruin your door frame. Bunnings suggest, to avoid this, that you install a hollow door (it’s far more lightweight).
To learn more about the internal sliding barn doors from Doors Plus, I’ll pop their video below. You can see how easily it glides on the track, as well as what a difference it makes to the look of a room.
Are you on Board with the Sliding Barn Door?
I’d love to know if you’re going to install an internal sliding barn door at your place. As I said above, I’ll definitely share imagery of mine at the Williamstown project once it’s in.
Do let me know, though, if you already have a barn door at home. You know I wanna see pictures! Drop me a comment below and share your thoughts.