Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, there are several options available to you that can really add some style to the rooms in your home. The dining room for example, often gets excluded and overlooked when it comes to remodeling, often because there doesn’t seem to be a lot you can do with it. Because of the inexpensive costs and wide availability of styles, trim has not only become a popular option to dress up a dining room, but other rooms in the house as well.
Form Follows Function
When you’re choosing design options for your home, most things are purely decorative, serving no other function than to add style, depth and volume to your home. A chair rail, however, is an exception to this. Chair rails are not only decorative, but they can also serve a practical purpose, keeping chairs from bumping, scratching and denting walls. When it comes to the dining room, chair rails are typically about 3 feet or 36 inches (just under a metre) from the floor (standard chair height) which can to help keep the chair from hitting the wall. Another reason for chair rails is it visually divides the room, creating a sense of dimension and space. If you really want to breathe some life into your dining room, consider using trim to build shadow boxes beneath the chair rail. With even and uniform spacing, the form and shapes created by these shadow boxes and chair rail keeps the eye moving around your dining room. This not only makes the dining room a bit more interesting but also suggests a stately or refined appearance.
Use Crown Molding to add even more style to your home
Crown molding is another popular choice for homes both new and remodeled. Due to the fact that it is cheaper to manufacture now than it was before (crown molding was once made entirely by hand, making it very expensive) crown molding is a great way to turn a normal doorway into something elegant. Crown molding also helps to keep the eye moving around the room, turning something as simple as your dining room into a showcase of refined elegance. Another advantage to crown molding is the ROI if you ever decide to sell your home. Because of this, crown molding is not only a great choice for new homes, but a fantastic and fairly simple DIY project, great for sprucing the place up before it goes on the market.
Tray and Drop Ceilings
If you’re really looking to add a little wow to the dining room, consider building a tray or a drop ceiling. This creates a tiered effect that really catches the eye. If you’re building a new home, a drop ceiling leading to a skylight creates an awesome effect, giving you a perfect window to take in the sky as you enjoy a meal. Other options can be to install rope lighting creating an ambient effect or even use of wallpaper to highlight the tiers. Trim and crown molding also help to add some volume to the various levels, transforming your dining room from ordinary to extraordinary.
One of the joys of owning or building a house is the little choices and changes you can make. Trim really is fantastic because it works to break down the large vast emptiness that comes with blank walls. By giving the eye something to take in, it better defines the room, making it more personable. With a little creative application of trim, you can do a lot to transform a house into a home.