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Barn doors are a visually intriguing alternative to more traditional window treatments. This solution allows you to control the amount of light throughout the day while providing privacy at night.

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10 Ways to Get Creative with Barn Doors

Barn doors are an aesthetically appealing (and relatively inexpensive) way to address storage and size limitations in any living space. Here, we explore 10 ways to customize a barn door to express your personality through this growing design trend.

1. Get a Handle On It

Room view of barn door with decorative handle
Barn door with decorative handle

Enhance any barn door-whether rustic or ultra-modern-by adding a unique handle or repurposing a gate or drawer pull.

2. French Flare

Room view of barn doors with windowpanes
Barn doors with windowpanes

To add elegance and European sophistication to any space, incorporate a French twist into your barn doors. These classically stylish doors are versatile enough to complement any design style with their signature windowpanes.

3. Move Over, Curtains

Room view of barn door as a window treatment
Barn door as a window treatment

Barn doors are a visually intriguing alternative to more traditional window treatments. This solution allows you to control the amount of light throughout the day while providing privacy at night.

4. Chalk it Up

Room view of barn door with chalkboard paint
Barn door with chalkboard paint

Customize your barn door with chalkboard paint to create a kitchen menu or memo board. A barn door finished with chalkboard paint also makes a great addition to a kids' play room.

5. Picture Perfect

Room view of barn door with photo collage
Barn door with photo collage

Barn doors can be used to frame up the things you love. Add photographs, postcards or other mementos to a paneled door for a collage featuring your favorite people, moments or works of art.

6. Bold and Beautiful

Room view of exquisitely painted barn door
Exquisitely painted barn door

In line with one of 2016's hottest design trends, invigorate your space by painting your barn door with a dramatic or vibrant color like a golden yellow or a bright teal hue.

7. Pegged as a Winner

Room view of bedroom barn door with pegboard storage
Bedroom barn door with pegboard storage

Put your barn door to work as storage space in a children's bedroom. Simply affix peg boards to display hang clothing or artwork in a cool yet efficient way.

8. Bring the Outdoors In

Room view of barn door with live hanging plants
Barn door with live hanging plants

Use your barn door to embrace another of 2016's biggest trends-bringing the outdoors into your home. Mount terrariums or hang small plants to create a living wall. Low-maintenance succulents thrive indoors and can make a great addition to your barn door.

9. Movable Canvas

Room view of barn door with art display
Barn door with art display

For the artistically inclined, stretch canvas over a barn door and paint your masterpiece for a contemporary art display-the perfect way to combine style and function.

10. Cookout Hideaway

Room view of barn door for outside cooking
Barn door for outside cooking

Barn doors offer a stylish solution for concealing your outdoor grilling or cooking area-providing protection from the elements without a grill cover. Not only is this a clever way of shielding your gear, it will also make post-barbecue cleanup a breeze.