As I troll the internet, drooling over inspiring homes, I find that I always stop and stare when someone successfully uses sliding barn doors in their home. There are so many ways to do it, and it doesn't always work, but I thought I'd share a few of my faves with you.
These first two are used as bathroom doors. It just makes the room so much more interesting than a regular door. And they look great open or closed.
I love how these two cleverly hide these small, useful spaces. Both the office and the laundry room can be hidden away when not in use (which is very good because both those spaces tend to get messy - at least in my house).
If you have the room, this is actually something that you can do yourself. There are lots of sites that sell the necessary hardware and you can get very creative with your door style:
People are doing them in all kinds of colors:
This one uses a very raw wood, but in a modern layout as opposed to a rustic one:
And here's stained wood in the rustic "X" layout:
Here is a super industrial, metal door:
Finally, my absolute fave:
I absolutely LOVE everything about this room (the color scheme, the open floorplan, the casual, yet elegant feel of it.), but those sliding doors are what makes it really special. The doors have a very cool, industrial feel, but the stain, style and the smoothness of the wood make them warm and modern. So the perfect combination, in my opinion.