Your remodeling options do not stop at custom kitchen cabinets, a chic new shower or fresh faucets; you can update your home’s architectural details as well. Home Artisan’s member Doug Marvel of Marvelous Woodworking is a custom woodworking expert, and he suggests three additions that can improve your home’s architecture:
Crown molding is the wood trim over the seams where walls meet ceilings. Adding molding to your rooms quickly gives a plain space architectural flair. An interesting thing to do with crown is to lower it a few inches from the ceiling and add lighting behind it. Add a dimmer switch to the lighting and you get a soft effect that’s perfect for media rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms or any room where soft lighting is desirable. Crown moldings are available at various Home Depot stores, but finding a custom builder will give you that well-fitted look and more style options.
A coffered ceiling adds dimension and a bold look to any room, and is particularly nice in kitchens, dining and family rooms. Coffers in higher ceilings are especially striking. There are many options when it comes to designing coffered ceilings. The ceiling inside the coffer can be painted a different color; coffers can be outlined with crown molding that is lighted from behind; and grid patterns can be small or large. Again, custom may be the way to go if you have a very specific look in mind, or want an exact match with your existing home décor.
Staircases are often overlooked in a home renovation, but updating them can transform the look of your home. If you want a dramatic look, take out the carpet and replace the steps with stained wood treads. Wrought iron balusters, and decorative handrails and newel posts can also alter your straight-lined staircase into an intricate and lovely focal point of your home.
For a custom woodworking expert ready to service your home architectural needs, reach out to Doug Marvel, Marvelous Woodworking.