On a two-acre property in Glenco, Ill., a modern barn is built for year-round entertaining. A pitched roof, beams and skylights make for a stunning architectural display overhead in the open floor plan entertainment room. A low sectional and curvy chairs gather together for a chic conversation area, and around the perimeter of the room are fun recreations, like ping pong and foosball.
This large great room is the perfect place to entertain or just hang with the family. We added so fun details to the space by wrapping the entryways with a reclaimed barn wood. The art niches were highlighted with brass sconces and a large barn wood beam ran the length of the room.
The cozy and conversational living room from HGTV Dream Home 2011 features a green sectional sofa, shaggy rug and kitchenette for quick access to snacks and drinks. A vintage barn door serves as both a conversation and an art piece.
Raw steel railings are paired with hardwood floors to create a contemporary staircase and hallway design. Black shutter barn doors open up to a sleek master bedroom, featuring a canopy bed, cozy white area rug and yellow abstract art.
Bohemian floor pillows sit next to the main living area to be used as extra seating when needed. A prized piece of art hangs on its own wall for maximum appreciation. The white barn door adds a rustic cottage element.
The state of the art modern weight room is separated from the rest of the basement by glass panels and a sliding glass barn door. This allows the spaces to be visually connected, while giving the gym a measure of privacy and keeping the spaces physically separated.
This spacious and luxurious game room features faux-weathered walls, a pitched, beamed ceiling and barn-style doors, giving the space a rustic charm that fits its woodsy Lake Arrowhead, California, setting. Farming implements serve as wall art, and comfortable sofas and traditional rugs add warmth and homeyness to the game area.
There's no way to look past the eye-catching art at the heart of this dining room. The piece brings color and vibrancy to an otherwise-neutral design scheme. Industrial-style barn doors and lockers bookend either side of the space; each is utilitarian and art in and of itself. Using stools for dining chairs means more seating space: It's easier to cram more of them under a table, as they tend to be smaller than traditional chairs.
When designing small task spaces, create visual interest through the art of layering. Here the back wall is given depth with a linear-patterned wallpaper that looks like rustic barn siding. For contrast, the closet doors are covered in a fabric with a more fluid pattern that pulls in the same blues and whites.
The home gym, which is separated from the rest of the basement by a glass wall with a glass barn door, is equipped with anything a workout guru might need. From a place to store yoga mats to a weight rack to a rock climbing wall, this state of the art space is perfect for exercise.
A large map of the world is appropriate wall art for a family who loves travel. Track lighting above the map draws the eye to that section of the room. Sliding barn doors match the wood flooring and coffee table and allow for the option of privacy or open connection to the adjoining room. A cushy leather armchair is an inviting and fitting design choice.
The family room boasts a collection of vintage furniture, finds and artwork curated to reflect and meet the needs of this young, modern family. The triptych above the sofa, a product of one of the Stansell’s art installations, manages to bridge all of the room’s colors successfully. The 1970s settee was recovered from a barn and brought back to life with the brightly colored teal upholstery. Whitney’s current most prized possession is the Candice Greathouse photograph above the fireplace.
Not every home is blessed with the grand volumes of a loft space, but you can use space-saving tricks to make rooms feel more expansive, as designers Jamie Hamilton and Greer Nelson of Oliver Simon Design did in this project. “We loved the idea of an antique map in this dining room because it was a small space but we still wanted it to be bright and interesting. Not losing valuable space to framed art on the walls meant that every inch was used in the smartest way possible. The custom barn door was also a space saver, and a bright hit of color adds good bang for the buck.”