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Friday, July 8, 2011

"It's all in the details"

Architectural details can really put the finishing touches in a room. These decorative products can add elegance and beauty to any interior or exterior space. They are primarily used for transforming ordinary rooms into unique and dramatic interiors. These products are inspired by classical architecture of the past. However, there are many modern applications that can be used. They are defined as decorative millwork which includes wall niches, ceiling medallions, brackets, and corbels. Others include moldings, architectural columns, arches, window heads, and more. They can be applied to walls, ceilings, doors, windows, and floors. The possibilities are limitless, if you really want to make your space one-of-a-kind.

I recommend that you hire an architect or carpenter because millwork requires lots of detailing and precision. Once you have determined your style and budget contact your local architect or carpenter to discuss possible options. If you're working with a modest budget you can always use a dealer or manufacturer instead. They normally have better deals and have an in-house design staff. Here are some really great examples of architectural millwork, and how it can be applied to our space.

Cheshire Foyer Navy Blue and White traditional entry 
Alexandra Rae Interior Design; Photography by Kent Wilson Photography, Los Angeles
If you have a blank wall or corner space that seems a little drab, wall niches is a great option to create a focal point. It is also an opportunity to display art pieces, flowers, or any personal items for display. Wall niches can add a touch of elegance to your foyer, hallways, stair landing, or any space in your home.

east lake traditional entry 
 Designed by Atlanta architect Castro Design Studio
Wall panels is a great option if you are tired of the typical paint applications. Wall panels give  depth and dimension to an otherwise boring surface. Most designers like to use this detail because of the elegance and ambiance it creates in the decor.

Murphy DIning Room traditional dining room

Designed by Minneapolis interior designer Martha O'Hara Interiors
You can take an ordinary ceiling to the next level with a coffered ceiling. Coffered ceilings are very dramatic and appealing. A coffered ceiling system gives a room a look and feel that is unmatched by any other suspended or painted ceiling. 
 
Coffered ceilings will also add value to your home. So, if you want to add style and touch of class to your space this is a wonderful option.

 Buckhead traditional living room
Designed by Atlanta interior designer Dillard Design Group, LLC
Doors and door openings may look utilitarian at times, but you can always jazz it up with a door surround. Arches can be used if you want a more elegant look.

Foyer traditional entry
Designed by Seattle architect Paul Moon Design
Columns is a great way to introduce an architectural element to your decor. Columns can be used to define a space or make a statement. There are many design options such as doric, corinthian, roman, tuscan, and more. They can be used for structural and decorative purposes. However, it is recommended that you use columns for decorative purposes only. 
Family Room traditional family room
Designed by Minneapolis general contractor Stonewood, LLC
Just imagine the impact your home can have if you add ceiling and wall panels. Adding these details is a wise investment if you plan to sell your home in the future. Ceiling panels really compliment wall panels, so you should continue the detail through your home.

William Hefner Architecture Interiors & Landscape mediterranean hall
Designed by Los Angeles architect William Hefner Architecture Interiors & Landscape
This hallway is a great detail example of what you can do with ceilings and walls. These features can really enhance your home. To create an open-aired feeling you can use a vaulted or groin vault ceiling. If you need to bring in natural light you can continue that detail with arches. Arches are very classic and chic. Arches can be used with windows, doors, and door openings. It will also add value to your home as well.

Built-ins can be both functional and aesthetically appealing. Built-ins can be customized to your taste and style of your home. They are made to display personal items and art pieces. One of the great qualities of a built-in is that you can add a fireplace, wall sconces and plasma television. Built-ins have really been revolutionized over the years. The design options are endless.
Coastal Living contemporary entry
Designed by Boston architect Gleysteen Design
You should also continue the detailing to the exterior as well. This will be a great opportunity to make an impact to your visitors and create curb appeal to your home.

There are many ways to add depth and interest to your ceilings. They include coffers, beams, vaults, moldings, faux finishes or a combination of moldings and finishes. 
There a lot of fresh and traditional ideas in the market. Just make sure that your detail match the style and period of your home. This will definitely create an impact and add style to your space.

Machine carvings can be very expensive, but there are substitute options in the market. Like, hybrid architectural molding which uses resin castings to create moldings. The price is half the cost of wood carvings, which is good if you're on a budget.

You can enhance your ceiling, if you have an unattractive ceiling and want to add a modern yet chic finish. Your ceiling is like a fifth wall and should be treated with a finish as well. So, don't be afraid to go bold and modern with the details.

If your home has ceiling heights less than 9ft tall, ceiling panels and/or bead board offer a great alternative option to enhance your decor. There are numerous designs to choose from with paneled wainscoting and ceiling details. With these details you have the option to create a traditional or a truly unique finish in your home.
There are three basic ways to orient the wainscot panels in a room, and they are horizontal, square and vertical orientation. However, horizontal orientation offers the most visual appeal. This is because it creates an impression that a space is longer than it may actually be. So, if you are looking to create a bigger space this is a good option to use.


Attention to details traditional entry
Designed by Chicago architect Mandy Brown
Wainscot panels can be used if you want to create a 'wow' factor in your home. Wainscot panels offer a high-end look and can immediately elevate the level of elegance to your space. 

Cheshire Foyer Navy Blue and White traditional entry
Wall panels are typically installed at a finished height of 32 and 42 inches (in rooms with 8ft ceilings). However, if you want to apply the panels higher you can do so.

Your space can really make a statement with architectural detailing. Architectural details will elevate your home to the next level if done correctly. Just remember it's all in the details.

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