From rustic to chic: 15 kitchens with barn door accents

Oct 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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Once relegated to adorn only stables, barn doors have made the move indoors, adding an equestrian chic vibe to kitchens both modern and rustic.

Not only is this gray sliding barn door gorgeous, but it allows the homeowners to make clever use of space in the kitchen by hiding mismatched dinnerware in a recessed nook.

If "coastal equestrian" is a thing, then this breezy white kitchen has it — complete with a beadboard-ended island and, of course, an extra-wide barn door.

Designed by Ink Architecture + Interiors out of Charleston, South Carolina, this kitchen — dubbed "Chateau de Charleston" — boasts an undeniably French Country feel. A rustic wood barn door enhances the Provencal appeal.

There's a barn door out there for everyone, and this sliding pantry door speaks to those with a fondness for craftsmen style. We especially love the distressed style and olive hue.

Extra-large double barn doors provide a nice separation between this kitchen and the room beyond. And, while beautiful, the unfinished knotty pine lets the colorful kelly green cabinets and dramatic island be the stars.

OK, so isn't your typical "barn door." However, it merits including because its barn door style — paired with a chalkboard front — makes this mini an irresistible kitchen add-on.

Even super-traditional kitchens are showing barn doors some love. In this elegant space, a single sliding barn door complements other rustic elements in the space, such as the wood plank dining table and island lanterns.

Well, now if this cheeky use of a barn door outside isn't clever, we're hanging up our hats and calling it a day. In this capacity, the doors are being used in an indoor style to house an outdoor kitchen that kinda looks like an actual barn. Swoon.

In this Yankee Barn Homes post-and-beam barn home, barn doors feel right at home seguing from the vaulted dining room into the kitchen. The super-tall, super-narrow styling proves a nice alternative to its classic wide-width cousin.

Can we just say wow? Thanks to a set of incredibly cool barn doors flanking it, the entry to this kitchen is a total showstopper.

By opting for panel-styled decorative "barn" doors in this kitchen, the homeowners added dimension to the space and smartly avoided competition between the ceiling beams and sliding doors.

If ever there was a design combo we can't get enough of, its gray paint mixed with natural wood elements. We adore the way the driftwood tones in this barn door pick up the gray in the marble surfaces and gray island.

What do you do when you have two distinct kitchen spaces and need to delineate between the two? Install a set of salvaged, barn-style doors... that's what.

If you already have knotty heart pine flooring in your kitchen and worry adding knotty barn doors will be jarring, don't. As this kitchen goes to show, sliding barn doors in a slightly darker finish only add to the warmth and interest of the space.

There are so many facets to this kitchen design that suggest to us the homeowners are the kind of people we'd dig, and one of them — in all certainty — is that industrial chic rolling barn door.

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