Upgrade Your Fireplace


Fire. We sit around fires and have been doing so… forever. If you have a room with a fireplace, then that fireplace is probably the focal point of the room. If it isn’t, it should be. Furniture and decor are placed in relation to the fireplace and a great-looking fireplace can “make” a great-looking room.

Take a look at your fireplace. Does it “fit” the room? Have you updated or remodeled the room or decor but did not know what to do about the fireplace? Does it look old and outdated? Ugly? Dark and moody? Would a homebuyer like it? Sooner or later, that may be an important consideration.

Buying a home is an emotional decision and fireplaces affect everyone, even if they never throw a log on the fire. A buyer “imagines” it being used, whether it is a mental image of an old Norman Rockwell painting, Christmas stockings hung on the mantel, or a romantic evening snuggled up to a loved one in front of a flickering or roaring fire. Fireplaces of today have been transformed from a heat and light source to an aesthetically pleasing accessory designed as an inviting focal point in any room as well as providing warmth. Aside from adding value to your home, a fireplace creates an oasis of tranquility and peace within your own private world.
Interior Columns

Just one well-placed interior column in your home will create a sense of drama and atmosphere. Columns date back to early Egyptian times, but it was the Romans who developed them and made them popular. The styles from those times are still created today. If you’re building a home, you can choose column styles that are both structural and decorative. Columns can be added for purely aesthetic purposes, as well.

Column Caps


Decide which style of column you want to use. Some classical styles are Roman Doric, Tuscan and Corinthian. However, you may prefer a square column structure. Columns have three parts, the “shaft”, which is either fluted or plain, and a “capital” and “base.” There are many choices of capitals and bases, so choose the styles that best suit the room where your columns will be placed.

Use columns to create definition between a less formal space and a formal one. This can be from an entryway or a porch, for example, to the main living area. Place columns in outdoor living areas set aside for private contemplation, either in pairs or evenly spaced groupings near a fountain or garden.Use columns to frame doorways, support fireplace mantels or use them in your kitchen to support a center island. Paint them in colors that work well with your existing decor. If you have existing, plain structural supports in the center of a room or at a half-way point between rooms, surround them with decorative column structures, called “column wraps.” These will completely cover unfinished architectural supports or unsightly pipes.