Lifestyle, Q&A

What can I do with a house that lacks architectural detail?

Jess Bettenay by Jess Bettenay
August 28th, 2014

How a home makes you feel is really important, they should be lived in and loved.

In order to create this feeling I honestly don’t believe that architectural detail is as important as you might think.  Sure we would all love to have amazing features such as; huge steel frame windows, high ornate ceilings, or impressive architectural lines, but in reality, most homes are far more simple.

It is therefore important that we add the character and detail to our homes to help them tell a story, evoke emotion and create a sense of warmth.   The possibilities are truly endless but here a few of my favorites:

 

Paint is one of the most under utilized ways to decorate and it is an easy and changeable way to add interest, colour and detail to your home. And no I’m not suggesting a feature wall, in fact quite the opposite.  It does require some guts but try it, you won’t look back!

Try painting directly onto a wall or the floor.  This can be much more cost effective than buying Art or Tiles and you can see the impact it has on the space.

Picture via: Old Brand New Blog

Picture via: Old Brand New Blog

Try using paint in different ways to define spaces in your home.  These rooms would be far less interesting without this bold use of paint.

Picture via: Anthology Mag

Picture via: Anthology Mag

I know this building has great bones as well but you get the idea!

Picture via: Coco & Kelley

Picture via: Coco & Kelley

Picture via: Marie Claire Maison

Picture via: Marie Claire Maison

If not paint then what about Wallpaper?

You all know I am a huge fan but it is actually another great way to add detail and depth to a home.  It doesn’t have to be about the obvious print either, try some of these options:

A 3D Geometric Wallpaper - Picture via: www.inhabitliving.com

A 3D Geometric Wallpaper – Picture via: www.inhabitliving.com

A 3D geometric paper

Picture via: Thedesignfiles.net

Picture via: Thedesignfiles.net

A heavily textured handmade paper

Picture via: chictip.com

Picture via: chictip.com

Or even papers that replicate wood paneling or tin tiles.

Picture via: interiorator.com

Picture via: interiorator.com

Specialty Bathroom Wallpaper

Another fantastic option is to add decorative details to walls and ceilings using any of the following:

Wall paneling or dado panels

Plaster ceiling roses or ceiling panels

Pressed tin

Timber paneling or exposed timber beams

Exposed brick

The list really goes on and on…..

A little tip: make sure you paint added details like paneling or ceiling panels the same colour as your walls and ceilings.  Having one colour over all these different surfaces and textures make the space feel more modern and grand.

Picture via: lincrusta.com

Picture via: lincrusta.com

Lincrusta Art Nouveau Dado Panel (would have been better with everything in one paint colour).

Picture via: thedesignfiles.net

Picture via: thedesignfiles.net

Timber paneling

Plaster Moulds for ceiling roses or ceiling panels – or even on your wall like this!

I really could go on for weeks on this topic and I feel like I have only scratched the surface!  But any more and my brain just might overload…

So I will end with this – just remember that it’s primarily about creating interest – giving the eye plenty of things to look at so…be clever, be bold, have a go and dare to be different.

Jess x

Thank you for this great reader question Becky Smith….it is awesome!

Keep the questions coming…these are super dooper great!! Email questions to: stacey@showandtellonline.com.au

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