DIY: Architectural Details to Improve Your Home's Aesthetic

by Joe N. Pollifrone 10/11/2021

Architectural details can add character and charm to your home. While these details might seem complex because of their decorative nature, they’re fairly easy to build and install. Adding a few of these details can instantly spruce up any room in your home. If you’re searching for ideas for architectural details to enhance your home, consider the following.

Crown Molding

Crown molding adds visual interest to the upper part of rooms. You might build crown molding to put at the top of the walls in your living room or bedroom, or you might use it to cap columns and cabinets. Choose sturdy pieces of wood for your crown molding, so they will stay in place and in good condition for years. You can give your crown molding a decorative design or keep it plain. Keep in mind that you can paint crown molding to match the rest of your room or paint it in a color that complements the room’s interior.

Baseboards

If your walls are looking plain, consider building and installing baseboards. These boards run along the bottoms of walls to cover joints between wall surfaces and floors. Depending on the design of your baseboards, you can add visual appeal to any room in your home, including living rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms. You can build baseboards from different wood, such as maple, oak or pine. Vinyl is another material to consider when building DIY baseboards, especially for bathrooms or other areas that get damp.

Ceiling Beams

Ceiling beams give rooms a rustic yet elegant appearance, depending on the wood you use and whether it’s more naturalistic-looking or polished. You can choose to add just a few beams going across one room, or add several beams. Your ceiling beams can all go in the same direction, or you can arrange beams in a pattern of your choosing, which depends on the way your ceiling is laid out. Lighter, polished wood beams can brighten up a room, while darker, rustic wood beams can give the room a charming touch.

Door and Window Trim

Trim around doors and windows can draw the eye to these parts of any room. These architectural details can liven up more plain rooms or add a decorative touch to any room in your home. You can make your door and window trim in different styles to fit the surrounding design and decor in a room. You can also paint your door and window trim to contrast the rest of your decor for a visually striking look or blend in with it.

About the Author
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Joe N. Pollifrone

For over 30 years, Joe Pollifrone has practiced real estate full-time as a licensed Real Estate Broker in California. Joe’s vast sales experience includes duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, apartment buildings, land, condominiums, townhomes, fixer-uppers, estate properties, and bank-owned properties (REOs). He also is active in selling non-owner occupied properties and is well-versed in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, property management, tenant/landlord issues, and local laws. During Joe’s career to date, he has sold in excess of $200,000,000 of real estate, including over $32,000,000 in REOs. 

Joe brought his deep experience to Sereno Group Willow Glen as a Broker Associate in 2012. He was the Sales Manager and lead a top-producing office. Joe would mentor new Sereno hires, making sure that they’re comfortable with the ethos of the office, plugged into Sereno’s network of contacts, and well-versed in the technology required of today’s real estate professionals. 

Joe prides himself on his proven ability to negotiate, extensive knowledge of contracts, and securing close of escrows in a timely manner. Both he and his clients credit his success to effective communication skills, honesty, and hard work. Joe is a native of San Jose and resides in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-seven years, Kimi, his daughters Milan and Micaela and their two Goldendoodles, Tony-Luca and Marco.