I have a fantasy of owning an old farmhouse...
or a chateau in Provence...
or a cottage by the sea...
as long as it was built before 1940
before the millwork and mouldings began to disappear
and the ceilings and walls became non-descript
and the windows lost their charm
and the front of a house became... a garage
A house that was built when pride in craftmanship
took precedence over speed and profit...
(Pardon my rant - I get a little passionate about these things...)
my readers from other countries my not have the 'tract home' woes -
but it really doesn't matter when or where your home was built -
it probably could use a little more character.
Trimwork and moulding details take a home from ordinary
some nice hefty crown molding
(I like to beef up the baseboards, too)
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some panelled walls
in areas that could use a little punch - like the entry
wainscoting or board and batten in fresh white
keep an area from becoming too dark, and are easy to clean in semi-gloss
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a nice high wainscote creates interest in ANY room
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White is not a pre-requisite for trimwork.
Painting walls and trim all one tone can bring in a more contemporary vibe
while still adding the detail to otherwise uninspired flat walls.
or create a handsome mantle over the fireplace
Don't forget to look up...
an interesting ceiling
can add big architectural interest to a room
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take advantage of vaulted ceilings and raise the eye by going a little higher with the paneling
add some flat columns or
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Headers over doors and windows create a sense of importance and fresh
white lets you get a little more dramatic in wall color without overpowering the room
All these details and finishing touches
create a feeling of permanence..
Its not ALL about good looks
function is important, too
and we can all use some attractive storage
to display our pretty things..
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or to organize our life a little
Its kind of amazing how little decorating you need to do
when your room is prettier to start!
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most of these little upgrades don't take a lot of skill
in fact, there are dozens of tutorials and
diy helps in blogland and pinterest
I'm ready to add a little more character to my home
How about you?
if only.... :)