Rooms owe their architectural identity to their basic size and shape, the balanced placement of windows and doors, and the millwork on the walls and ceilings. Today, most houses continue the minimalist trend. Decorating them usually involves “applied materials” – such things as window treatments, wallpaper, and paint – that homeowners can apply or remove fairly easily themselves.
The applied materials approach goes a long way toward improving the appearance of some houses, but it has its limitations. This fact becomes especially clear when you’re faced with the “Empty box syndrome” – walls and ceilings that are as featureless and characterless as the inside of an empty box. You can dress up rooms with curtains, paint, or carpeting, but plain and sterile walls will remain the major feature of a room’s background. If you are surrounded by ordinary white walls in your home, consider them a blank slate upon which you can create beautiful rooms.
Without resorting to major reconstruction, such as moving walls and windows, the best way to enhance the character of a house architecturally is to install or upgrade the trim. As you consider redecorating, you might be concerned that extensive millwork will make small rooms feel even smaller. However, the opposite occurs. Through an event known as “geometric illusion,” trims often make a room be seen larger and wider. For example, long horizontal lines can make you feel that a room is longer and wider than it is. Equally, long vertical lines can make a low ceiling appear higher than it is.
As Vancouver Island moulding & millwork professionals, we’ll work with you to give you an understanding of some design basics, and knowledge of how moulding and trimwork are applied. Our base service area includes Port Alberni, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Tofino & Nanaimo.