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Do you dream of buying a barn conversion when you next move, or are you the lucky owner of a beautifully converted building already?
The architecture of a barn conversion can introduce interesting design elements to an interior. The property may have areas linked by glass, or mezzanine levels that have been created to make the most of soaring, vaulted ceilings and large living spaces.
Decorate your barn in a style that will flow seamlessly from one room to another. It’s a good idea to create zones to break up a large living space, with spots for relaxing and a smart eating area. Also use lighting to define each space and create atmosphere. Combine striking chandeliers with sets of pendant or exposed-bulb lighting, and mix standard and table lamps to lend a cosy feel.
While barns may be located in the country, there’s no rule that says you have to opt for country style when it comes to the interior design. Modern country decorating schemes will complement the exposed wood beams and rustic features of a barn conversion, however sleek furniture can also look great in large open-plan spaces with polished wood floors and high ceilings.
Make the most of beautiful views with a picture window. French windows or bi-fold doors that open on to a garden are another common feature of barn conversions, so consider your outdoor furniture and terrace as part of the overall room design.
Whether it’s the architecture or peaceful countryside locations that you love, browse through our gallery of family homes and rustic retreats, which are all packed with character and original features.
This 19th century terraced barn features large glass windows and a landscaped garden ? adding an elegant, modern feel to the property.
The extra skylights in this 19th century barn conversion add much-needed light inside, while the large patio increases the living space outside ? making it the perfect family home.
The original beams in this converted barn is made even more impressive by opening up the height of the building to create a bright and airy living space.
This huge Victorian barn is the perfect country home. The exterior features traditional black clapperboard mixed with original stone.
This stone barn conversion features a striking semi-circular window ? perfect for adding a modern touch to a country building.
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The grand entrance to this barn conversion creates quite the impression upon arrival. A stylish mixture of materials adds interest to the large building.
Situated in front of a perfectly manicured lawn, this barn conversion is sleek and stylish whilst still managing to retain lots of character.
The clean-cut, modern windows in this home work beautifully alongside the traditional brick walls, and the fountain in the garden adds a touch of grandeur.
This thatched converted country barn comes complete with a cow shed. Built originally around 1615, this house is packed full of history.
This farmhouse is bursting with character! The wood panelling, bricked wall and tiled roof combine to create a traditional-meets-modern look.