8 Ways to Add Architectural Interest to a Room

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If you have a room in your home that is just feeling “blah” lately, chances are some architectural interest can kick its style up a notch, especially if you live in a builder’s grade house. With farmhouse style being the latest big trend, many homeowners crave more character and charm. The good news is the many ways to add that architectural interest in a room are probably easier than you think. With some basic home improvement skills , you can transform any boring space into a charming and cosy room.

Here are 8 ways to add architectural interest to a room:
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1. Add Moulding Around Windows

If you know the basics of operating a circular saw, you can add craftsman-style moulding around your windows with just a few boards of wood, caulk, and paint. The best part is you don’t even need to use complicated angle cuts.

Finish off your newly trimmed windows with woven Roman shades and floor to ceiling curtains to create texture and make your room feel larger.   
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2. Install Faux Wood Beams

Whether you choose to install them on a doorway casing or on your ceiling, adding faux wood beams to your home establishes lots of rustic style in any room. Use 1’x4’ boards or plywood and cut them to your specifications using a table saw , apply a wood stain of your choosing, and hang up your beams with a pneumatic nail gun.

Or if you feel you don’t have the skills or time to build them yourself, you can buy faux beams for your home that are cheaper and more lightweight than the real deal ones.   
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3. Hang Shiplap or a Plank Wall

Since certain TV shows re-introduced the world to this old fashioned building technique, shiplap is now everywhere in modern farmhouse design. If you’re going for the farmhouse look but you have drywall already in your home, just cut planks yourself from plywood boards using a table saw and nail them up with a pneumatic brad gun. Stain your shiplap or paint it, depending on your preference. To finish it off, hang some rustic style artwork.
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4. Put Up Board and Batten

If you want to incorporate a more classic look in your home that will never go out of style, install board and batten on your walls. If you have smooth drywall, it can be done fairly inexpensively just using 1’x4’ boards. You can choose to have it on half of a wall in a hallway where you can install hooks along with a bench for convenient storage, or install board and batten from floor to ceiling in any room for a grand transformation.   
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5. Place Corbels in Doorways and on Islands

This project can be so simple but can make a big impact in terms of character. You can build corbels using just a couple of lumber pieces or buy corbels ready-made to hang in the corners of large openings, doorways, and under island worktops.
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6. Install a Sliding Door

Especially if your room is small and needs help with traffic flow, installing sliding doors is a great way to prevent wasted space. You can buy hardware track kits or purchase the hardware pieces to build the track yourself. Depending on your style, you can hang your existing doors or purchase authentic antique doors for extra character. If you want something a little unique, you can use them as window treatments too.
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7. Build a Faux Fireplace

If your home does not have a real fireplace, you can still build one to get the look you want. Buy a real antique mantel or build one from scratch to create a centerpiece in your living room or a romantic spot in your master bedroom. Style the mantel with decor of your choosing to make it a piece you can change with your mood and with the seasons.   
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8. Add Beadboard on the Walls or Ceiling

Beadboard is a classic detail that can work for many types of styles. Install it in your dining room for an elegant chair rail or add it to your ceilings for interest. You can even use beadboard wallpaper to mimic the look for less work and less cost. Beadboard is especially good for covering out dated popcorn ceilings.

As it is for any home improvement project, always be sure you do these projects safely and are using the proper tools necessary. It may take some time to add the architectural interest to your rooms to make it the home of your dreams, but the end result is completely worth the hard work and dedication.
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