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Put a personal signature on home design with customized wood trims

February 20, 2014

Hand-Scraped FloorsHomeowners don't have to be satisfied with plain walls when there's a wide variety of pre-made wood trims available to them at home improvement centers. By fashioning their own moldings, they can come up with wall accents as unique as the texture and finish of Anderson's Vintage 5-inch flooring collection.

From wainscoting to handmade mantels, homeowners can build architectural features where none exist and give their homes an impressive, customized look. They can match their room designs to their home's architectural style or go in an entirely different direction.

At the top
An obvious place to start is with crown molding to frame rooms where the ceilings meet the walls. Depending on what size molding is used, and whether it's painted to match the walls or the ceiling, homeowners can create the illusion of higher ceilings. If the house has high ceilings, crown molding draws the eye upward to see a decorative touch that encases the room.

With hanging kitchen lamps and chandeliers, another embellishment to try is a ceiling medallion, which creates a centered design to offset the lighting fixtures.

Wall decor
With very simple, inexpensive types of trims, homeowners can make chair rails in dining areas and kitchens. That approach opens up the opportunity to decorate with a dual color scheme, add wallpaper or install beadboard paneling.

Wainscoting is another option that allows homeowners to come up with a design that's simple and rustic for country or cottage-style decorating, or more elaborate for a formal decorating scheme.

Window add-ons
Adding wooden shutters to windows is like having an architectural touch and a window treatment in one. They can be painted in any color, although white or natural wood tones work best with most styles of home design.

Shutters that cover only the bottom half of the window can be closed to limit bright sunlight coming into the room without shutting it out altogether. They also provide some privacy at street level, while retaining a view at the tree line.

Artistic trim
For artistic home decorators, there's also the option of creating room trim by painting it onto walls. A latticework design is appropriate to less formal decor, while trompe l'oeil - a paint technique that presents a realistic representation of an item - creates wall decor that's more intricate.

By painting a trim on their walls, homeowners can produce a one-of-a-kind decoration that truly puts their signatures on their home styles.