8 Ways to Add Architectural Character (When Your Home Has None)

Give your home the charm it craves with these eye-catching updates for ceilings, walls, doors, floors, and more.

Ceiling Medallions

Distinctive lighting is a key element of many room makeovers. Make a dynamic light fixture more dramatic with a glamorous ceiling medallion. These easy-to-install features are a stunning, effective way to lend prominence to chandeliers and pendants around the house.

How to Install a Ceiling Medallion

Rustic Beams

Take advantage of extra vertical height afforded by vaulted ceilings by capturing the look of hand-hewn barn beams. These dark-stained wood beams lend a modern-rustic touch to a neutral kitchen, setting the stage for minimalist, sun-soaked decor.

How to Build Rustic Wood Beams

Beaded Board

Impart a clean cottage look with beaded board. In this small neutral bath, beaded board brings pleasing texture to white walls. If you're using beaded board in a bath or high-humidity setting, consider imitation products made of durable materials like fiberboard.

How to Install Beaded Board

Embellished Cabinet Fronts

Roll up your sleeves and upgrade kitchen cabinets in a big way with molding. This treatment works for both wood and laminate cabinets, but the secret to a convincing look  is to make molding appear integrated. You can use either basic or decorative molding to create your desired style. If a DIY molding project isn't for you but you want to give cabinets fresh appeal, consider refacing them

Update Cabinets with Molding

Framed Fireplace

Don't settle for a cookie-cutter fireplace. Trade it out for a head-turning design that reflects your personality. Easy-to-install tiles achieve the beauty of dry-stacked natural stone for a fraction of the cost and weight of the real deal.

How to Frame a Fireplace

Faux Stairwell Paneling

Turn a flavorless flight of stairs into a look-at-me feature. A surprisingly simple DIY faux paneling project transformed this easy-to-overlook space into a showstopper. Use the power of paint to give stair treads and railing a fresh face, and you'll have an upscale look on a dime.

Add Faux Paneling to a Stairwell

Interior Doors

Spice up transitions between rooms with beautiful interior doors. Today's wide range of colors, shapes, and styles offers versatility within every decor style. This conversation-worthy sliding barn door with frosted glass obscures walk-in pantry contents while keeping the area bright and accessible.

Picture Rail

Want an easy and affordable way to bring architectural character to your home? This simple DIY molding project fits the bill.

Unadorned walls are a blank canvas. Look for opportunities to add architectural character with molding. Here, a DIY picture rail treatment turned this once-boring bedroom into an eye-catching retreat. Watch and learn how to do this project at home.


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