Windows, doors and baseboards
As I’ve mentioned in past articles, adding trim to existing doors, windows and baseboards can transform them from dull to dramatic. It can be a fussy job because of all of the corner cuts and exact measurements but if you’re good at this sort of task then it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve beefed up the trim, simply fill in any small gaps with paint-able wood filler and paint the entire surface in one colour to unify the look.
The fireplace in the background of our photo is no slacker when it comes to additional detail either. If you have a fireplace that needs a little drama, you can purchase ready-made mantels that can help you create the drama you desire. Do some research on the type of materials you can safely use when adding trim and decorative elements to a fireplace. Safety first.
The half wall at the entryway in our photo also benefits from architectural touches. This feature is common in many homes from the 1960s and is often a bone of contention. Often there is decorative glass on the top half (usually in a dated gold colour) or spindles that are too fussy. If you can, remove anything on the top portion of such a wall and treat the bottom half with a decorative element (such as wainscoting) and a fresh coat of paint. Adding a decorative ledge will not only add to the look but will also help cover up any unfinished surfaces left by removing the top half treatment. Because this is such a small area to treat, you can spend a little more for high-end details and get a lot of bang for your buck.
Turn dark and gloomy into light and breezy with soft paint colours and neutral touches. It’s a look that is both relaxing and sophisticated.