WORK­ING WITH COLUMNS

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columns bear the weight of a build­ing and en­sure its struc­tural in­tegrity. how­ever, when it comes to in­te­rior de­sign, not all columns are wel­come el­e­ments in a space. at times, they can over­whelm the en­tire room as op­posed to be­ing just a part of the whole pic­ture. in cases where the col­umn is an ob­struc­tion, ar­chi­tect an­gelo siochi shares tips on how to work around it. 1. Con­ceal it. “By build­ing, say, cab­i­netry around a col­umn, you are able to hide it and add to its func­tion­al­ity at the same time.” if you have enough space, you can also con­ceal a se­ries of columns with a false wall.

2. High­light it. “you can also make a bold state­ment by high­light­ing the col­umn and treat­ing it as an ac­cent for the space. ideas range from paint­ing it with an ac­cent color, cov­er­ing it up with tex­tured ma­te­rial (such as dec­o­ra­tive plaster, stone, brick, or even plants), or turn­ing it into a mini art gallery.”

3. Cam­ou­flage it. “cover each side of a col­umn with full-length mirrors, and you in­stantly have more of the space and less of the col­umn. you may also ap­ply nos­ing to the cor­ners of the col­umn that aren’t con­nected to any walls in or­der to soften the edges and cre­ate a seam­less over­all look.”

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