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Hardwood flooring and architectural elements can be part of design plan

July 02, 2013

People tend to think of windows, doors and other architectural features of their homes as part of a structure and nothing more. But ignoring hard elements of a room, including hardwood flooring like Anderson's Lincoln Plank collection, overlooks the beauty they can bring to a decorating scheme.

Hardwood FloorsPeople tend to think of windows, doors and other architectural features of their homes as part of a structure and nothing more. But ignoring hard elements of a room, including hardwood flooring like Anderson's Lincoln Plank collection, overlooks the beauty they can bring to a decorating scheme.

Homeowners intent on finding unique focal points for their room designs should look no further than the ready-made elements in their houses that can serve as inspiration.

The architectural elements of a home - doors, windows and overhangs on a patio or deck - can be played up beyond their practical use. For instance, well-placed greenery can create a vignette with windows as the frame. Adding shutters or a valance draws flattering attention to parts of the home's structure that are often ignored. They can be chosen in a style that complements furnishings and accessories already in place.

The Fifth Wall
Frequently, the ceiling is overlooked in decorating. But more home decorators are starting to color their ceilings in hues that complement their rooms. In effect, it becomes a "fifth wall," and integrates better with color than when it's painted in standard white ceiling paint.

The colors for the top surface can easily reflect the hues used in the furniture and other parts of the home design. More adventurous home decorators might consider painting the ceiling in a pattern or a bolder color than in the rest of the room.

Homeowners can aim for either an expansive or intimate atmosphere based on the color they choose. Warm hues - reds, pinks and oranges - tend to make a space look cozier, while cool colors such as blues, greens and purples can visually enlarge a space.

Adding decorative elements
According to This Old House Magazine, homeowners can add hard elements that create architectural interest in parts of their homes where they don't exist. A stained glass panel, for instance, will cast light from indoors and outside when it's hung in front of a window instead of curtains or shades.

Floating glass shelves attached to a wall - or within a window frame - seem to disappear into the background, allowing items placed on them for display to get all the attention. They have a very contemporary look, but can tie into traditional decor depending on what type of collectibles are placed on them. Whatever the home design, they create an airy illusion of more space.