Rais­ing the bar(n) in your home this win­ter

Cecil Whig - - CECIL PEOPLE -

(BPT) — Amid the many trends ebbing and flow­ing through home im­prove­ment, one in par­tic­u­lar seems likely to stick around. Known for their ver­sa­til­ity, barn doors have been pop­ping up in homes across the coun­try — in con­tem­po­rary and rus­tic de­signs. With this design el­e­ment found on such op­po­site sides of the style spec­trum, one might won­der what it is about barn doors that peo­ple love so much. If you’ve found your­self ask­ing the same thing, read on to dis­cover why adding a barn door is an ideal win­ter home-im­prove­ment project.

Barn doors pro­vide the per­fect tran­si­tion

be­tween rooms As home­own­ers seek more open floor plans, in­te­rior doors are evolv­ing. Barn doors meet home­own­ers’ de­sire for fluid room flows by seam­lessly con­nect­ing ad­ja­cent rooms, al­low­ing the flex­i­bil­ity to close spa­ces off or join them.

“The rolling fea­ture of barn doors cre­ates a fresh look in any home,” says Brad Love­less, prod­uct de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Simp­son Door Com­pany. “The func­tion­al­ity of a door mounted on a barn track al- lows home­own­ers to con­trol the de­gree to which spa­ces are opened or closed.” Un­like con­ven­tional hinge­mounted doors, barn doors open up pre­vi­ously di­vided rooms with an air of in­ten­tion­al­ity.

Barn doors make an un­ex­pected state­ment

piece Like a dis­tinc­tive piece of art in the home, the right in­te­rior door can show­case a home­owner’s style and per­son­al­ity. An un­ex­pected door style tells a story that cre­ates a great dis­cus­sion point when en­ter­tain­ing friends and fam­ily. Is your home lack­ing some­thing that in­spires cre­ativ­ity and sparks con­ver­sa­tion? You may find that a barn door is a sim­ple so­lu­tion to this prob­lem with its eye-catch­ing rolling fea­ture. They’re sub­tle, but bold. In­no­va­tive, but not over the top. Barn doors catch your eye, with­out tak­ing over the room.

Barn doors are adapt­able to chang­ing

style trends Do you ever worry that the sweater you bought last week will be out of style in a year or two? Are you for­ever a trend skep­tic since the bell-bot­tom era? (If those can go out of style, any­thing can, right?) Con­trary to what may feel like their re­cent pop­u­lar­ity, these farm­yard-meets-in­doors state­ment pieces have been around for over a decade. To­day you’ll find barn doors with a mod­ern, sleek look, rus­tic wood pan­el­ing or even those made with a chalk­board.

Barn doors are avail­able from a num­ber of com­pa­nies. For home­own­ers who like the look and feel of wood doors, Simp­son Door Com­pany of­fers rus­tic-style barn doors, as well as sleek, con­tem­po­rary doors that can be mounted on barn track hard­ware.

Why now? You won’t re­gret mov­ing this in­stal­la­tion to the top of your pri­or­ity list of win­ter home-im­prove­ment projects. Adding a barn door while you’re stuck in­side for the cold months makes an im­me­di­ate vis­ual dif­fer­ence in your home and can pro­vide a scenic back­drop for hol­i­day pho­tos.

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