4 Barn Door Finishes to Fit Any Home

Considering a new focal point for your space? The latest round of trendy home additions has brought us the charmingly sleek barn door option, a cross between a room divider and a true door. While they may all seem to mimic the same style, barn doors are quite diverse and can be paired with many different furnishings and decor. Before you decide to install one of your own, take a look through these four options to pick the perfect barn door for your space.

  1. Reliably Rustic

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The right rustic design can appear lovingly worn-in, cozy and when well applied, it’s the quintessential barn door style. If you’ve been leaning towards earthy elements juxtaposed with copper-hewn metals, you might consider your taste to be rustic, and a matching barn door is the perfect choice to unify your home’s design.

To complement your signature style, we suggest incorporating a barn door with unfinished wood and matte black hardware. Installing an unfinished barn door allows you to stain it to your desired warmth, or paint it for a more whimsical effect. Matte black hardware details add masculinity and uniqueness, making it the perfect pairing for a relaxed and rustic home.

  1. Reclaimed Revival

Unknown-3Not to be confused with rustic, reclaimed doors are all about recycling and reusing. If your style focuses on re-sourcing decor and furniture from consignment stores, auctions and helpful friends, a reclaimed barn door might be the cherry on top of your upcycled style. Sustainably designed, reclaimed barn doors use recycled wood from previous buildings or furnishings to create a charming style. Add a bit of history to the design of your home by incorporating a door manufactured with old beams, boards and baubles. We love the way a reclaimed barn door looks with gray-stained steel hardware. Complement your sustainably styled room with contemporary decor, like abstract art, for a balanced look.

  1. Oh So Sleek

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Modern style is all the rage. Sharp lines, stark contrast and conflicting textures build on one another to create a perfectly polished look that beautifully complements a streamlined barn door. We suggest choosing a door with a smooth surface for an industrial feel. A bright white door is eye-catching, and it harmonizes well with any surrounding decor. Stainless steel or brushed nickel hardware will accent the simplified frame.

  1. Totally Transitional

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Is your style a combination between old and new, streamlined and soft? The transitional look is a perfect mixture of traditional and modern, showing off sleek fixtures and tufted furnishings.  If you’re looking to finish your room’s design with a barn door, we suggest using faux reclaimed wood to balance the contrasting elements in your home. The rough-hewn texture paired with light and dark staining creates a versatile styling element.

Pair your transitional door with arrow-style hardware in a brushed bronze finish to bring the look full circle. Because transitional style is so varied, complementing your new barn door with decor is easy. We love mixing textures in transitional spaces to achieve balance and flow.

If you need more barn door design inspiration, check out this slideshow from Home Depot on Homes.com. A barn door can be a charming addition to any house, and there are plenty of styles to choose from. Which look is the right one for you?

**Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer who has many years of experience advising clients on barn doors. Kerrie writes online for The Home Depot. To research Home Depot’s complete line of barn doors, you can click here.

 

Bathroom Vanities to Keep Interior Style Flowing

No matter your interior design style, it can be difficult to keep your chosen look homogenous throughout the home. This is especially true when decorating your bathroom.

You may be able to translate your tastes to unique elements and décor—installing a furniture-like vanity in the bathroom makes this easier by commanding stylish focus. A special vanity sink instantly updates the room and can easily incorporate the rest of your home’s style into the space.

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite furniture-like vanities to feature in your next bathroom project.

Sleek and Modern

Many contemporary vanity styles focus on clean lines and stark contrasts.  For an eclectic twist, choose one with a sturdy structure and a unique basin, or look for a washstand with metal details if your style is more traditionally modern.

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Traditional and Craftsman

If you like displaying your prettiest china and creating lavish dinner party settings on your solid oak dining table, you might have a traditional eye for style. Craftsman and traditional designs feature elaborate detailing, intricate woodwork and sturdy composition.

To incorporate this style into your bathroom design, opt for a luxe vanity boasting sophisticated cherry wood with decorative molding. Embellish your traditional vanity with modern décor to lighten the room, or enhance the antique style with an heirloom soap dish and matching accessories.

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Cool and Cottage

Cottage design sometimes evokes thoughts of Old World houses and outdated furniture. However, with a crisp color palette and neutral accessories, a cottage-style home can have a cool and contemporary design that’s easily transferable to any room in the house. Create a seaside cottage escape by fitting a freestanding vanity that features recessed panels, louvered doors and a cool granite countertop. Play up the antique vibe with rustic wood design elements and organic greenery sprinkled throughout the room.

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Rustic and Refined

Similar to cottage, rustic style has a tougher, masculine element that plays well with bathroom projects. Select a furniture-like vanity with a weathered-looking body and a sleek granite countertop to balance grit and grace in your washroom. Choose metal-finish hardware for a slightly more urban tone, or opt for antique details to go full-out farmhouse. Finish accessorizing the room with plush linens and bright greenery to round out the look.

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The right bathroom vanity can provide the perfect link between your home’s style and this often hard-to-decorate room. Once this key piece of furniture is installed, everything else seems to fall into place!

Written by: Kerrie Kelly, ASID. California interior designer Kerrie Kelly heads up Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, and is the author of the book Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. Kerrie has worked with many clients on bathroom design, and writes about her experience for Home Depot. A wide selection of Home Depot bathroom vanities, including styles reviewed by Kerrie, can be found online.

 

The Top 9 Dos and Don’ts of Outdoor Lighting

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Most interior designers agree that lighting can really make or break a room, and the same can be said for outdoor lighting and the exterior of your home. Having a well-lit exterior not only increases safety and security, but also does wonders for your curb appeal. When your home’s façade has attractive and complementary outdoor light fixtures, you are sending a friendly and welcoming message to your guests and neighbors.

Backyard living spaces like decks and patios are no exception either. Before you buy your first lantern or sconce, read these essential do’s and don’t’s of outdoor lighting:

DO’S

  • DO opt for LED fixtures. They use much less energy than incandescent bulbs, last longer and come in a variety of color temperatures. You no longer have to stick with the cool, bluish light of the original LEDs—they now come in warmer temperatures that give off a more yellow light, if you desire that look. LEDs also come in clear finishes rather than just frosted, so you can still achieve the elegant, sparkly look of exposed bulbs while remaining energy efficient.
  • DO choose fixtures with finishes that complement your home’s exterior color scheme. Bronzes go best with earth tones and brown trim and accents. Black is appropriate with most color schemes and white fixtures work well on houses that have darker bodies and white trim.
  • DO space out the light sources on your deck or patio. Several small fixtures with low wattage will always look better and create a more welcoming ambience than one fixture with a bright bulb.
  • DO stick with a mounting height that is slightly above eye level. A general rule of thumb is 66 in. above the threshold for the front of your house.
  • DO use post lanterns near your driveway. If light from the front door or garage fixtures does not extend the length of your driveway, post lanterns offer another source to warmly greet visitors.
  • DO your homework and research to find a consistent, quality line of lighting fixtures.

If you’re looking to reinvent your home’s exterior by upgrading your outdoor fixtures, consider a line of options like Progress Lighting’s wide selection of high-quality, energy-efficient exterior solutions. Their selection includes variety of fixture styles and finishes to meet design and budget goals of any scope.

 DON’T’S

  • DON’T choose fixtures that are too small. This is the most common mistake that homeowners make. Your front door should be the focal point of your home’s façade, so it should have the largest and most ornate fixture. If you use only one light fixture by the door, aim for one that is roughly 1/3 the height of the door, and if you use two, aim for 1/4 the door’s height.
  • DON’T use light bulbs with wattage that is too high. Using bulbs with 40-75 watts or the equivalent thereof is best for outdoor fixtures. Choose the wattage based on the fixture, but never use more wattage than you need because it could create glare and daunt your guests rather than welcome them.
  • DON’T skimp on light fixtures at the back door. They should be less important than the front door’s fixtures, but they should match the rest of your home’s lighting and not be too small.

*Sarah Kellner is a writer for The Home Depot. With a background in art and design, she writes on a wide variety of home improvement and decorating topics. To shop outdoor lighting options, visit the homedepot.com selection online.

DIY Friday: Five Easy DIY Office Upgrades You Can Accomplish in a Weekend

Remember how getting a new backpack or Trapper Keeper in grade school helped you get excited for going back to school? It’s the same feeling we get when we repaint a room in our home or rearrange furniture — change is invigorating.

That concept can also lead to more productivity. Just as a new desk with built-in storage can clear away clutter and help you to focus, improving your workspace can motivate both you and employees to tackle every job with a bit of extra enthusiasm.

Winter can be a great time to devote a weekend to projects around the office you’ve been putting off, while you’re less likely to be outside on the weekends when it’s cold. Putting in some time now to tackle that paint job or floor refinishing you’ve been thinking about will carry over into spring, making it easier and more enjoyable to be indoors at the office even when the weather improves.

A small time commitment can make a big difference in your office atmosphere. Here are five quick and easy projects you can tackle in a weekend:

Buff Your floors. Years of chairs and tables scratching their way across your floor can leave the surface you walk on an ugly mess. Buffing brings back the shine and can open up the room and make it feel new again. Start by mopping the floor to remove dust, before using a rented buffing machine in a concentric pattern around the room, overlapping each band by a few inches (like mowing a lawn). Don’t forget to periodically check your buffing pad and change it if it wears out.

Clean Your carpets. It’s smart to shampoo carpet every year or so, pulling out stains and gunk that the vacuum can’t quite tackle. You’ll also remove any odors hanging on by threads, literally. Vacuum your carpet first, and then use carpet shampoo in a carpet cleaner, thoroughly covering the room. Allow 24 hours for the carpet to dry.

Liven up the walls. A new coat of paint can bring new life to a room. Knock out the project quickly with an airless paint sprayer. Just remove or cover all your furniture along with the floor and windows and get to work. Use paintbrushes for baseboards and trim, and ensure that you choose a paint that works with a paint sprayer and that you have the correct spray tip for the type of paint you’re using.

Redo your entryway. A little tile goes a long way in creating an inviting passage into a room, building, or bathroom. Sketch out your design on graph paper to keep track of your square footage needs; then measure your tile and use a tile saw to cut pro-looking angles and lines.

Spray down your exterior. Although you may want to wait for a weekend that’s not literally freezing outside, pressure washing your building’s exterior is a relatively easy and fun job. For laminate and wood siding, a 2,000 PSI pressure washer is sufficient, but for concrete or metal you’ll want a 3,500 PSI machine.

From sprucing up your floors to adding color to your surroundings, it’s well worth taking a weekend to re-inspire your office space and yourself.

Source: Chris Long is a store associate at a Chicago-area Home Depot. Chris writes truck rental tips, steam cleaner rental tips and a variety of other equipment tool rental topics.

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