Discover new ways to boost your home’s style and increase its value with these architectural details. Incorporating features such as crown molding and custom millwork into your home will not only enhance its beauty but also can boost your home’s appeal to prospective buyers when it comes time to sell your property.
Custom Millwork Makes a Statement
Custom millwork adds grandeur to this home’s library, which is the first room you see when you enter the home. Pilasters with capitals occupy each corner of the room and frame the doorway. Banks of shelves on each end of the room are topped with identical sets of arches that give the room exacting symmetry. The rich cocoa wall color, which repeats inside the shelves, highlights the architectural detailing and also grounds the room’s color palette.
Draw Attention with Crown Molding
Attention to detail is a hallmark of this handsome ocean-side home. Designed as the most formal room, the dining room features a handsomely detailed built-in that combines a sideboard-style server with furniture-style bun feet and cabinets.
Try a Box-Beam Ceiling
Usually found in more formal areas like living and dining rooms, a box-beam ceiling adds a touch of elegance to any home. Because box beams lower the ceiling height, they work best in spaces with a ceiling that’s nine feet or higher. Most decorative beams are hollow boxes made from finished boards and applied molding.
Create More Space
Give small rooms in your home a welcoming, spacious feel with an open staircase design. A contemporary backdrop with natural materials provides the perfect stage that lets this open staircase, made from salvaged wood planks, steal the show.
Repeat Shapes Throughout Your Rooms
Repeating shapes create movement and strengthen the design statement of spaces in your home. A scalloped stair wall follows the curved lines of an upholstered banquette in this home’s dining room.
Showcase Natural Light
Clerestory windows and a triangular skylight installed at the roof hip over the main sink invite in even more light and present views of blue sky, giving the kitchen and family room of this home a sense of elevation—much like an urban loft.
Focus on a Fireplace
A fireplace wall is often a home’s architectural signature, and a symmetrically designed fireplace surround makes a strong traditional statement. Here, quartersawn oak paneling with a whitewashed finish enhances a limestone fireplace tucked into an arched inglenook.
Customize Wood Panels
Customize floor-to-ceiling wood walls with unexpected materials. In this home’s den, faux-leather panels add subtle texture to walls while keeping within the same warm color palette. For a bold look, use nailhead trim around panels.
Emphasize Room Height
Tall vertical beams emphasize this room’s soaring ceiling and stunning views. Pegged, mortise-and-tenon joinery and flooring of reclaimed barn beams adds farmhouse character to this house.
Divide Spaces with Stately Columns
Traditional detailing is strongest in this home’s spacious room, where two columns both unify and separate the kitchen and dining room area. A nuanced paint palette gives the space a clean, cohesive demeanor. White on the trim and columns creates the illusion of greater height.
Create Elegant Curves in Your Home
Add interest to tall, wide entrances with beautiful archways. Magnificent architectural millwork crowns the entry hall leading to this home’s library. Staying within the same monochromatic color palette gives a nod to traditional style.
Expose Wood Walls
Fully exposed honey-hued pine walls and ceilings emphasize craftsmanship in this home’s inviting office. A white box-beam ceiling, modern fabrics and upbeat colors keep the space fresh and light.
Boost Your Home’s View
Don’t make the great outdoors do all the work. In a subtle reference to a ship’s porthole, this kitchen’s oval window was purposefully placed low to better frame a view of the horizon. The extra visual emphasis plays up the home’s surrounding beautiful natural scenery.
Define with Curves
The square footage added by bumping out this home’s kitchen went primarily to a roomy alcove with a large banquette. A curved entrance adds visual interest and distinguishes the area from the rest of the kitchen. The banquette seating flips open to reveal hidden storage.
Up the Contrast
A wide arch, framed with substantial moldings and columns, provides an elegant introduction to this home’s staircase. Achieve architectural interest by setting white risers and spindles against stained treads, newels, and railings. A carpet runner adds to the look and guards against wear and tear.
Repetition of shapes and textures within a room creates harmony. Here, a vaulted ceiling defines the dining space between the home’s kitchen and living areas. The table and light fixture introduce varying wood finishes but stay within the basic elements: wood, stone, and plaster.
Blend Rustic & Modern
Quirky pairings can quickly and effectively bestow style in a home. A hallway easily combines rustic touches—such as a wall of timbered cabin planks and a cowhide rug—with modern art.
Draw Eyes Up
Adding architectural touches to your home shouldn’t feel ostentatious or overdone. Here, a polystyrene ceiling medallion and a crystal chandelier give the dining room an air of both formality and fun.
Enhance Your Home’s Entry
Architectural trims found in older homes, such as crown moldings, are fairly easy to replicate with stock trim from your local home-improvement store. Trim on a wide archway emphasizes its waving curve.
Highlight a Curved Staircase
This home’s dramatic staircase is known as a bridal staircase for the sweeping curve and wide, gown-like base. The homeowners chose high-quality materials and old-world architectural elements to give their new-construction the feel of a century-old home.
Layer On the Structure
In addition to emphasizing this room’s soaring lines, wooden beams frame the home’s other architectural elements, like an entryway and tall stone fireplace. Pay attention to proportion. These hefty beams are weighty enough to have an impact in this spacious living room.
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