Wood carvings and the application of carved wood onlays, which include scrolls, drops, swags, and rosettes range from the diminutive to the bold. These elegant trimmings add interest as focal points and elevate ordinary interior elements to something remarkable.
Adding architectural wood carvings is a simple way to embellish any existing woodwork anywhere. Even the simplest wood carvings can dramatically change the look and feel of a room. Some popular spots to apply these onlays are on kitchen cabinets, on staircases, fireplace mantels, doors, doorways, or any other place that could benefit from a little added interest.
Woodcarvings are the adornments; the little accessories that really make it look special. Spruce up the corners of windows and door casings with rosettes and it’s easy to see how prettily they punctuate where one room ends and the other begins.
“When homeowners are first introduced to woodcarvings and their ability to transform, you can almost see something go off in their eyes, as if all of a sudden, a new idea has sprung in their minds. I know that they immediately go home and look at their interiors in a new way; they go home and look around and start embellishing their spaces mentally.”
In a way, learning about architectural details and then going back to your architecturally detail-less home can be a somewhat uncomfortable experience. Gradually, a general feeling of self-consciousness begins to creep into the psyche: have you ever had the dream where you are out in public, and you suddenly become keenly aware that you are stark naked? It is that sensation of being caught in a state of bareness, of the embarrassment that comes with the traumatic knowledge that others have noticed something obvious about you that you have never noticed yourself. Call it a very sudden onset of homeowners’ self-awareness; and with all of the effort today’s homeowners put into making their homes reflections of themselves, this realization can be somewhat painful.
“Naked Interiors Syndrome is often treated superficially,” says the Julia Delaney with a tone that is half joking, half serious. “Everyone can relate to attempts made in trying to create a mood in a space through just the use of furnishings and decorative accessories. While the homeowner may succeed in filling the room with “stuff”, all he or she really succeeds in doing is glossing over the issue with vanilla frosting. Real substance lurks beneath it all. If you take it all away and are simply left with an empty, featureless room, you realize that there was never any real substance to the character of your home. This is a classic case of Naked Interiors Syndrome.”
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