Refurbished barn - what is it about barns that has entranced us?

A Refurbished Barn

There’s something about old barns that has captured the attention and the imagination of everyone in the past few years. Is it the history of the building? The rustic charm?

There’s been a resurgence of DIY enthusiasts bent on refurbishing old barns into event halls or houses.

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Photo credit Toadstool-Pond


refurbished barn

Photo credit Swedish and French Decorating

I mean, can we talk? Barns are perfect for hanging over the top chandeliers. The ceilings are high and vaulted making them absolutely perfect for whatever decorative lighting suits your fancy. The ones pictured above are a good combination of rustic elegance. Of course, if you’re leaning more towards luxury elegance grab some chandeliers dripping with crystals. Think of all the rainbows that would dance over the walls when the sun came through those windows!

This got us thinking about renovating barns, and then we came across these photos by Belgium architect Alexis Herbosch and they sealed the deal. Anyone know of a barn that needs redoing??


These pictures epitomize modern country style. The cool, crisp colors, the marriage of paint and wood, and the combining of natural materials make us want to move in immediately.


The use of the original barn structure is so unique. Why waste all those architectural details?


The color pallet so muted with whites, creams, and grays, with accents of muted blues. Of course, with the neutral palette, there are so many opportunities to add lots of different pops of color. Bright oranges and reds, vibrant greens, or soft yellows come to mind.

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Modern country barn renovation Chalk Paint color palette:

Pure White chalk paintOld Ochre chalk paintGraphite chalk paintParis Grey chalk paint

Louis Blue chalk paintDuck Egg Blue chalk paintPaloma chalk paint

Pure White, Old Ochre, Graphite, Paris Grey, Louis Blue, Duck Egg, Paloma.



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