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Adding Character to your Home

Many homes in the 21 century are built to be a clean slate, waiting for someone to give them a personality. The years of use, abuse, and love we continuously impact on our homes cannot be replicated, but historic building techniques can! This blog post is about faux architectural features that add character to your home.

 

Decorative Molding

This is the type of project any weekend warrior could tackle with ease. Decorative molding has many uses. It could be the trim on your doors and windows, the baseboard at the bottom of your wall, or the crown molding at the top. Decorative molding also has a place on your walls to creates definition of your space. Maybe you are trying to draw attention to artwork, a fabulous sofa, or your bed. This is a worthy trick to keep in your back pocket.

 

 

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Beams

Don’t neglect your ceiling. It’s more than just white space, it’s a canvas just waiting for a creative idea. Adding a faux beam acts as a visual anchor. This guides your eye vertically around the room. Allowing every thoughtful detail of your space to be absorbed and appreciated makes your creativity stand out.

 

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You have two basic options when installing beams: They can blend in or stand out. Beams that look like natural wood are more common then beams that are white. But beams that blend into your ceiling create a unique texture and are equally magnificent in their own way.

 

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Arches

Arches have a personality all their own. Some are tall and grand, dwarfing those who walk under them. Others are whimsical and make your home feel like something out of a fairy tale or faraway place. Whatever feeling you want your home to evoke, archways will set your home apart from the rest. They naturally create a frame for interior or exterior spaces and work well with any design aesthetic.

 

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Corbel

Hers a fun fact for you: Corbels were originally used for supporting the structure of arches, vault ceilings, even roof systems. They often had carvings on them for decoration or religious purposes. Today we use corbels for decorative purposes but that doesn’t detract from their beauty. They add detail to normally mundane areas of your home.

 

 

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Thanks for taking our blog. I hope we continue to be a source of inspiration and information. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and all things interior design from Ida York Design Group. If you have an idea for a blog post please email idayorkinteriordesign@gmail.com