The design professionals at InvitingHome.com have a suggestion for today’s homeowner: “Close your eyes, and visualize the interior of your home in its present state. Now, imagine your home stripped of your possessions, with no furniture, nothing on the walls, no window treatments…visualize your home stark naked. What do you see? What does the space convey to you, how does it make you feel?”
Homeowners who visualize a featureless, interior space absent of character, devoid of life, vacant of any sense of vibrancy are then diagnosed as suffering from an acute case of what these design professionals jokingly call “Naked Interior Syndrome”.
Although the syndrome is a product of the imagination, today’s multi-billion dollar home improvement market is reality. Even more indisputable is the scores of homeowners who drive the market in their relentless quest to impart their homes with a persona that reflects their own unique tastes. So, how does a homeowner begin to create such a lasting impression? “Character and interest lies in the architectural details of the interior,” says one design professional. “One of the easiest ways you can dress up your interior is through incorporating some well-placed architectural details; these are elegant ways to give your home a distinctive look and feel.”
Architectural details is an umbrella term used to describe a range of decorative architectural products ranging from smaller-scaled wood carvings such as rosettes to decorative friezes, functional wall niches, to the substantial columns traditionally associated with ancient civilizations. In recent years, corbels have become increasingly popular amongst homeowners looking for an independent, decorative element that packs a much needed punch in their decor.
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