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Creating Architectural Interest To Your Home


Do you find yourself drawn to architectural features from arched hallways, charming windows or stone wall features? If you appreciate these details, consider the architectural elements of your home and how you could utilize them to your design advantage. Could you showcase millwork, high ceilings or stained windows? You could also create new architectural features with a statement piece. When debating a statement feature, consider the impact, focal point and purpose. The use of textures, stone and colors can add sophistication, warmth and definition to the design. If you have high ceilings, tall windows or mouldings, consider using these as a focal point. Research the colors, textures and styles that draw you in and use these to accentuate your space. The options are truly endless.


Interior Trims

Crown moulding, baseboards and trim work are all significantly impactful in creating architectural interest. Applying a more intricate design to your ceiling through the application of crown moulding or even a waffle ceiling is a savvy strategy in adding height and texture. Cornices have also been long admired as an architectural detail generating interest and elegance. Its the added touch allowing the room to look complete and well thought out.

Baseboards also play a similar role covering where the wall meets the ground. With the various options available today, one can add up to ten inch baseboards creating a sense of grandeur and increased dimension. Not to be forgotten, another interior architectural feature is trim work such a decorative edging, window trims or wainscoting.


Rectangular wall panelling is also an efficient method to break up the space and add height. Applying interior trim details will generate increased attention to the architecture and craftsmanship of your space. Interior trims are some of the simpler and yet most impactful ways to creating architectural design details to your home.


Windows & Doors

Window architecture is key to home design. The more windows in your space, the grandeur the statement. Windows frame the perfect views for outside your home, they are inviting and serve as a source of natural light. They could be applied in architectural design through the use of skylights, positioning as well as the trim. Many homes are valued for the beauty of their charming and characteristic windows, especially those with stain glass details. The same can be applied to the doors in your home. Introducing architectural elements to your windows and doors serves as an interesting way to add an depth and interest to your space, especially with the options in shapes and sizes. They allow you the opportunity to play with the frame and trim features, from metal to wood from pops of color to muted tones. Consider height, material, color and design when selecting these key features in your home. They can be truly impactful and dynamic to your design.


Stone Feature

There are numerous architectural ways to incorporate stone features into interior design. To create visual impact and a sense of sophistication, consider a marble slab as a wall feature in a foyer, powder room or more commonly also used in great rooms and entertaining spaces. You also have the opportunity to use a porcelain tile with a marble design or a textured tile of any design. A stone wall will provide a focal point with a modern edge creating a bold yet graceful look.


Personally, we love the elegance and sophistication of marble, especially as the tones of greys and whites lend themselves effortlessly to any space. It has long been one of the most beautiful materials used in both ancient and modern architecture. It demands attention with its durability and timeless style. In an open concept space, a marble feature could be the common element which ties all the colors and tones together. There are multiple marble finishes available from a more subtle dolomite design with light veining to a more graphic calcutta design with darker tones and noticeable streaks in the patterns. Each piece bringing forth visual impact through its tones, geometry and design intensity, giving you the opportunity to go as subtle or intense in your space. A marble feature characterizes sophistication and is one of the most coveted architectural features in a home.


Hope you are inspired to create some of these architectural details to your home. You will love the results. Look forward to hearing which strategy best appeals to you in your space. Leave your comments below.


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