Inspiration for How to Add Character to a Builder Grade House

 Source: Helmick Hacienda

Source: Helmick Hacienda

Our house was not built with a lot of remarkable architectural features like old moulding (the dining room and entry are the only rooms with crown moulding), transom windows over interior doors, wall paneling, etc. We did, however, install new base boards all downstairs when we had our bamboo floors installed and it really makes a nice transition from wall to floor. The good news is that it is not out of the question to add some character back into your house. Let me explain.

Lately I’ve been brainstorming little things that we can do to our home that really elevate the architecture of the house from builder grade to looking a bit more custom without breaking the bank. Moulding and wall paneling are great ways to infuse some character in an otherwise plain house. Here are 3 of my favorite ways to add visual interest to your home that are affordable and DIY friendly:

Wall paneling - THIS. Don’t be surprised if you see a variation of this wall treatment in our bedroom sometime in the future. I’m in love!

 Source: Amber Interiors

Source: Amber Interiors

 Source: Room for Tuesday

Source: Room for Tuesday

Board and Baton - Chris Loves Julia has a great tutorial on how to add this wall treatment. I love how it gives dimension to the walls without being overpowering. 

 Source: Studio McGee

Source: Studio McGee

 Source: Chris Loves Julia

Source: Chris Loves Julia

Ceiling beams - JoJo sure loves to add beams (faux or real) to the homes that she and Chip renovate and I totally agree with her. They add a great visual interest even if they are not functional or structural. Ceiling beams draw your eye upward so that you can appreciate a vaulted ceiling.

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Source: Fixer Upper

 Source: Studio McGee

Source: Studio McGee

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