Architectural details that add interior interest to any room

What is it that’s so magical about interior architecture detail? What is it about the perfect wall panelling, interesting cornice implementation, or a uniquely-executed moulding that can turn a house into a home? Houses that have made the best of their architectural detail are homes that manage to look sophisticated and utterly inviting at the same time. Architectural elements should be used to create both a feeling and a look. In other words, a room that has been enhanced with architectural details should not only look interesting and beautiful to the eye, but it should make you feel like you’re somewhere significant and full of purpose. A bedroom should feel like a place of relaxation, of tranquillity and retreat. A home office should look like somewhere you could picture yourself being productive. A kitchen should look like and match its purpose – a place to cook, to nourish, a place to entertain, or a place for family to come together. Costly labour-intensive DIY projects are not necessary to achieve this balance of look and feel when it comes to interior design. Here are some easy home makeover projects to add architectural interest to your home...

Use wall panelling to create a modern or antique look, instantly

You don’t have to buy an old house to create a classic look. Using wood panelling, you could easily take any new off-plan modern townhouse and transform it into your own cottage-style haven. Or, if you’ve bought an old, rambling fixer-upper, you could even use wood panelling to completely modernise the entire look and feel. These days, wood panelling is all about texture, pattern, and colour. You can use wood panels in small doses, such as for a headboard, or an accent wall, or even use it to envelop an entire room. Dress it up or dress it down – wood is tasteful and warm. TIP: A DIY installation kit contains everything you need to do the job right.

The benefits of wood panelling

Since wood panels come ready-to-install, you don’t need a carpenter for the installation, you can do it yourself. Watch the video here:

DIY installation is far less expensive and also means you don’t have to put up with workers traipsing in and out of your home. Wood panelling is easy to clean and maintain and is more timeless than a coat of paint – a well-placed wood panelling design, with the proper care, can last for 10-20 years. The functionality of your walls can be enhanced with panelling as it’s much easier to drill holes into wood panels, and they can also be used to easily disguise/provide room for behind-the-scenes light fixtures and electrical points.

Use ceiling tiles, use your imagination

Textured ceilings add sophistication to any room. In bygone days, textured ceilings would have been tin ceilings and because of their intricate detail and design, they can be shockingly expensive. Never fear, there is a less expensive alternative in polystyrene ceiling tiles that are so cunningly crafted that they look like the real thing, but at a fraction of the cost. Where to use ceiling tiles? On the ceiling, of course. You could use them as a border around the edges of a ceiling, closest to the walls to create simple, but effective, space delineation. You can use ceiling tiles to create a gorgeous, stunning ceiling that just makes you want to spend ages looking up. Leaving your ceiling tiles plain and unadorned could be very effective in a room that already has a rich wall or floor treatment, but if you’ve kept the rest of the room fairly toned-down, creating a contrast with the ceiling tiles could be very interesting and effective. Think bold metallic paint finishes, for the ultimate in visual indulgence. With a bit of ingenuity, you’ll soon realise that ceilings aren’t the only place to use ceiling tiles to add architectural interest or eye-worthy focal points. Using ceiling tiles as wall art is a quick, effortless way to add another dimension to a bland space. Using an interesting paint technique or contrasting colours is also a great way to re-purpose ceiling tiles as wall art in any space – right from the living room to the kitchen. Why restrict yourself to the walls and ceiling when it comes to these versatile elements? You could even be using them for your furniture makeover/up-cycling projects, as well!

The benefits of ceiling tiles

Can be adhered to any painted/non-painted ceiling board or concrete surface, which means that an installation requires virtually no prep work – saving time, energy and money. Ceiling tiles come in interlocking patterns/designs which makes easy work of the DIY installation, provided that you have the right tools and adhesives for the job. Polystyrene is a material that’s useful for its insulation properties – keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Ceiling tiles can be painted with either acrylic or water-based paints – so you don’t have to go out of your way to find a paint type that’s especially suited. Using ceiling tiles does not reduce the height of the ceiling, unlike suspended ceiling installations. Polystyrene is lightweight, practically maintenance-free with a long lifespan. When it comes to adding architectural interest to any room in your home, you don’t need to hire a builder or prepare for months of inconvenient construction in your home. Most projects using wall panels or ceiling tiles could be easily completed in the space of a weekend – inexpensively, but with gorgeous results!

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