Are Barn Doors Out of Style?

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ash gray sliding barn door with five lites of glass leading into a laundry room

Barn doors rose to prominence in the early 2010s as a unique feature of farmhouse-inspired homes. The popularity of barn doors surged as Chip and Joanna Gaines began incorporating them into many of their renovation projects on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” Since then, the barn door trend has expanded far beyond the “shabby chic” niche—yet some are wondering if this farmhouse staple has already had its heyday.  

So, are barn doors out of style in 2022? No; and they never will be. Here’s why:

Function Over Fashion

"z" sliding barn door with planks in a master bedroom

Barn doors are not solely aesthetic features. They can serve many important functions. They can be utilized where a swing or pocket door simply won’t work. For instance, if you have a smaller master bathroom that does not allow for a swing door, try a sliding barn door instead. Need a clever way to conceal clutter? Add a sliding barn door to hide the mess. Want to disguise an entertainment center or a home bar? A sliding barn door is your new best friend.

Of course, there are some scenarios where a barn door wouldn’t make sense. For bedrooms, shared bathrooms and other spaces that require more privacy, opt for a solid core door instead.

Designs for Every Style 
Masonite Winslow 3-panel Craftsman sliding barn door in red leading into a laundry room

Since barn doors were introduced with the farmhouse trend, they were initially quite rustic. Many were crafted from knotty alder wood or weathered shiplap and featured leather straps and rubbed bronze hardware.

Today, virtually any door could be converted into a barn door—even doors with glass—to suit your home style. If your décor is classic, consider single or double sliding French doors. Opt for white paint and gold handles to play up iconic elements.

If you have a Craftsman home, go for barn doors with Shaker-style panels. This design pairs beautifully with your Shaker-style cabinets and built-in furniture. As a bonus, the smooth texture of interior molded doors makes them perfect for painting any color to match your décor. Add black or polished brass hardware to play up metal accents throughout your space.

Think barn doors can’t work in modern homes? Think again! Simple barn door designs are best suited for minimalist spaces: flush, single-panel or full lites of glass. Finish it off with sleek hardware in matte black or stainless steel.

For transitional homes that blend styles, practically any barn door will work with your space. Incorporate a wood-inspired barn door to add a unique focal point or an understated panel design painted to match your décor.

Not sure what style of home you have? Take this quick quiz to find the right doors for you. 

Unique Focal Points
Masonite modern sliding barn door covering home bar in an entertainment room

When open, barn doors cover a significant portion of your wall, which makes them a cross between a door and a piece of art. Introduce textural contrast to a neutral room with a Z-Bar door or diagonal plank barn door. Add a little shine to a modern space with a barn door with glass and metal accents. The options are nearly endless. The best barn door for your space all comes down to your style, personal preference and the size of the impact you want to make.

Easy Installation

man installing an auburn sliding barn door on his pantry

Barn doors are not a major renovation project. They are relatively affordable and easy to install. In fact, you can makeover your space in 90 minutes or less with a Masonite Complete Barn Door Kits with hardware These kits come with a predrilled barn door slab, installation instructions and all the necessary hardware: mounting board, track and rollers, stoppers and guides, screws and bolts and handle. Tools are not included, and personal protective equipment (gloves and safety goggles) are always recommended.

Ready to transform your space with a sliding barn door? Masonite Complete Barn Door Kits come in a variety of styles and are available to purchase at Home Depot and Wayfair.

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