Last year, Express Homebuyers paid cash for houses in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. We renovated more than 75 of these homes. Each property has its own personality, challenges and opportunities. Some may have cool architectural details already incorporated in their design. Others provide us with the chance to create them.
Here are some of the more popular architectural details that add visual interest to your house.
A coffered ceiling has sunken panels or recesses. You most often see this type of ceiling in kitchens, dining, living and family rooms and basements. Depending on the style of your home, your choice of materials ranges from weathered wood to metal.
Coffered ceilings are great for hiding beams, ducts, pipes, and wiring so they can become a practical detail for a basement remodels.
Round or square columns are a nice way to separate a room without using walls. Whether you need to use them as load-bearing elements or you simply want to create a visual additions, there are a variety of materials you can use. I’ve seen columns made of wood, logs, stone and marble. You could even use a light weight foam type product, provided the columns aren’t load bearing!
Our Director of Operations saw an opportunity to add architectural interest to this house with both a coffered ceiling and columns.
Crown molding gives any room more character and provides a decorative transition point between the walls and the ceiling. Crown molding draws the eye upwards, creates length, and unifies a room’s space. When choosing materials, size and design, make sure you take into consideration your room’s dimensions and overall style, as well as the overall style of your home. You don’t want to use an oversized molding, as that will overwhelm a smaller room or one with lower ceilings. Nor do you want to use something too small in a larger room with higher ceilings.
The most common materials for crown molding are wood, medium-density fiberboard (aka MDF), polyurethane and plaster. And then there are many different styles of molding which to choose. The style of your home will help you determine which one is the best option for you.
Wainscoting and Beadboard
Beadboard and wainscoting are two kinds of wood paneling installed on the lower third of an interior wall. People get confused by the two terms, but essentially, beadboard is one type of wainscoting.
Beadboard is a row of narrow wood planks lined up vertically. Between each plank is a little indentation or ridge, known as a “bead.” Originally, you had to install beadboard plank by plank. However, now beadboard comes in long panel sheets that are easy to install and still look like individual narrow vertical planks.
One of the simplest ways to add architectural interest the good old standby known as paint. Consider effects such as stencils and color washes to create a manner of unframed artwork on your walls.
Lastly, you can always add a splash of color to neutral walls by painting one wall a different, often contrasting, color from the other walls.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s ” My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.