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Confirmed: Barn Doors Are the Hot Design Trend of 2017

June 14, 2017 at midnight

If a design feature begins to influence home sales, it’s a serious trend. That’s exactly what Zillow research has shown about barn doors. The listings that mention the rustic accent feature sold for 13.4 percent more than equivalent listings—and 57 days faster. If you’re looking at revitalizing an existing space, an interior barn door can be just the thing.

Why barn doors?

According to Google Trends, the interest in barn doors quadrupled between 2012 and 2017. For years, barn doors have been a part of exterior designs, but recent interest has targeted an innovative use: sliding barn doors inside the home.

You may think that barn doors in a bedroom or den are appropriate only as part of a full-fledged farmhouse design. However, sliding barn doors are far more flexible. They can be:

  • Finished and painted to provide a subtle design element in a contemporary home.
  • A single pop of color or texture that becomes the focal point of a room.
  • Part of an eclectic interior design strategy that blends multiple styles.

Of course, barn doors can still be the perfect finishing touch to a farmhouse-style home seeking to capture the natural warmth of the outdoors.

How do sliding barn doors work?

A sliding barn door operates via a track system installed above a doorway. The rollers atop the track guide the door back and forth across the opening.

A professional installation is essential to ensure proper placement. After the attachment of a mounting board, installers assemble and cut the track to exactly twice the width of the opening, allowing for a complete “open” or “closed” position.

Because the doors run parallel to the wall, they can also be useful space savers; the wide berth required by a hinged door is unnecessary.

What to keep in mind

What’s the first thing you picture when you think of barn doors? For many, the answer is a solid wood door with wide planks and angled braces. If you’re committed to a true farmhouse feel, that may be the answer.

If you're still unsure whether barn doors are the right fit for your home, remember that there are plenty of options to suit your existing décor. Some designs even include glass, which allows light to pass through while maintaining privacy (and, of course, enviable design taste).

Sliding barn doors may be a broad trend, but their customizable designs ensure each installation is unique. They can be the finishing touch to a bedroom retreat, the stand-out note in a living room built to entertain, or a way to get more efficient access to a kitchen pantry. In each case, they're an immediate reward—and a smart investment.


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