Style-Setting Architectural Features
Discover new ways to layer on style -- whether it's rustic or traditional -- with architectural details, trimwork, and textured materials.
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Make a Statement
Custom millwork adds grandeur to the 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.
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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 here. Because box beams lower the ceiling height, they work best in spaces with a ceiling that's 9 feet or higher. Most decorative beams are hollow boxes made from finished boards and applied molding.
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Give small rooms 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.
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Repeating shapes create movement and strengthen the design statement of a space. A scalloped stair wall follows the curved lines of an upholstered banquette.
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Make the Fireplace a Focal Point
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.
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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.
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Create Elegant Curves
Add interest to tall, wide entrances with with beautiful archways. Magnificent architectural millwork crowns the entry hall leading to the home's library. Staying within the same monochromatic color palette gives a nod to traditional style.
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Trend Spotting: Paneling
Paneling is an easy way to make a style statement. Learn how to incorporate this hot trend into your home.
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Boost Your View
Don't make the great outdoors do all the work. In subtle reference to a ship's porthole, this kitchen's oval window was purposefully placed low to zero in on a view of the horizon. The extra visual emphasis plays up beautiful natural scenery.
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Up the Contrast
A wide arch, framed with substantial moldings and columns, provides an elegant introduction to the 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.
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Repeating shapes and textures within a room creates harmony. Here, a vaulted ceiling defines the dining space between the kitchen and living area. The table and light fixture introduce varying wood finishes but stay within the basic elements: wood, stone, and plaster.
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Blend Rustic and Modern
Quirky pairings can quickly and effectively denote style. A hallway easily combines rustic touches—such as a wall of timbered cabin planks and a cowhide rug—with modern art.
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Draw Eyes Up
Architectural touches don't have to pricey or overdone. Here, a polystyrene ceiling medallion and a crystal chandelier give the dining room an air of both fun and formality.
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Enhance an 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.
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Highlight a Curved Staircase
This dramatic staircase is known as a bridal staircase for the sweeping curve and wide, gownlike base. The homeowners chose high-quality materials and old-world architectural elements to give their new-construction the feel of a century-old home.
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