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Guest Picks: Adding Architectural Interest Around the Room
I'm a huge fan of adding architectural elements in spaces where none exist. Just by adding some of these beautiful and textural items to your surroundings, a room can be transformed from blah to beautiful. Some of these ideas are for the wall, some for the ceiling and some are furniture-inspired, but all will add fun and layered interest to your spaces. I hope you get some great ideas. Enjoy! — Rhoda from Southern Hospitality
Add some soft clouds to a child's room for fun and dreaminess. Most kids love to be visually inspired in their own spaces.
If you love vinyl wall words, how about adding a textural branch with blossoms to your space? My niece did just that in her loft apartment.
Most homes have built-in vanities, but one of the ways to bring personality to a bathroom is to add a free-standing version. This one is a bit contemporary — lovely!
This pretty traditional vanity looks like an antique found and turned into a special piece for your space. I've even done this with a real vintage find by cutting out and adding the sink to personalize my bathroom even more.
Corbels are so useful for adding architectural interest. Use them under an overhang on an island, in a corner of a doorway, or as freestanding shelves in the kitchen. There are lots of possibilities with these beauties and they can be painted any color!
Textured grasscloth wallpaper has always been a favorite of mine. It's been used successfully for many years to bring some style and warmth to a room.
A freestanding column is great for adding that architectural interest too. Place a live plant on top and you've got a show piece.
This column is Greek- or Roman-inspired and we all love those historical elements just as much today.
I've used this wallpaper successfully in a small office nook and loved how it made my space pop with excitement. Only one wall was done and it was one of my favorite spaces.
Freestanding shelves are so pretty and functional at the same time, and can be used in any room: kitchen, office or even the bathroom.
How about adding real stones to your backsplash? Earthy, textural, neutral, and fun, this rustic element just keeps gaining popularity.
Another great-looking simple bracket for a shelf, this iron beauty is a standout. I can see this with a rustic shelf in the laundry room.
Oh my, these rustic coffee tables are all the rage and they just keep getting better and better! The iron industrial wheels just make this one special.
House Parts has been around for a long time, and they make the most amazing architectural elements to add anywhere in your home. From garden goods to inside shelves and brackets, this company does it right.
Have a beautiful chandelier that needs showing off? Add some jewelry and bling above to make it pop even more!
I heart old doors! Changing out a standard front door (or inside door for that matter) with a vintage one is an instant way to add that personal touch to your home.
These shutters are beautiful and the color sure grabs my attention, too. I love the shape and the fact that these could be used on an outside window or stacked on top of each other to highlight a mantel. Or how about as a headboard? I can see that too!
This fantastic beadboard wallpaper is my very favorite way to accent a space. At $25 per roll, it can instantly update a room — just combine it with chair rail on top and paint it all in your favorite trim color. Yes, it's totally made to be painted! You will love this product as much as I do!
This trellis wallpaper is neutral but very beautiful, and I can definitely see this as an accent in a room with a bold contemporary feel or even a traditional room with its soothing palette.
Oh, how I heart subway tile! This beautiful white and glossy tile is so classic and understated, it's a great accent to use in so many areas. As a kitchen backsplash it makes an elegant statement, and I successfully used it around a tub surround to totally update a blah bath. It worked like a charm and is very DIY friendly, too. All you need is a wet-saw and you're in business!
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