Architectural Details Add Punch To Projects

As you plan your next DIY or renovation project, consider enhancing your space with an architectural detail that adds maximum visual impact without breaking your DIY budget.
Better Homes & Gardens has a great round-up of architectural additions, complete with tips for various space or materials considerations. Our favorites?

+ Ceiling beams, pictured here in a kitchen. You spend a lot of time debating your flooring options; why not dedicate the same amount of attention to a ceiling? Various woods, especially dark varieties, can add impact, or you can stain or paint the beams to match an existing color scheme.
+ Built-in storage adds much-needed space to any room in the house and is a better way to take advantage of existing space rather than purchasing shelves that may infringe on precious square footage. For an even more eye-catching addition, consider mounting a couple of small light fixtures around the shelves so that they’re illuminated.
+ A window seat is especially striking when installed under a set of bay windows, but this convenient seating will work with any large window. In addition to providing additional seating, window seats can disguise additional storage inside and, depending on your room’s layout, allow for recessed shelving to be installed on either side of the seat.
Have you incorporated any of the above design elements in your home? Or do you have other tips on how to add architectural impact?
Photos courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

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