There’s a lot that goes into making a home special, and many people put all their attention into choosing furniture and paint colors. But one of the things that can take a home from builder’s grade to truly unique is personalizing your home with hardware and trim.
This is one of the areas that separates the ordinary from the exceptional, and details can be added over time as your budget allows. A great place to start is with crown moldings, like dentil or egg and dart, pictured above. In my home, we also took care in selecting rods for our window coverings that had the character of our room design. The finials here evoke a sense of European elegance that sits comfortably with our French country decor.
Decorative brass door handles work well against these mahogany stained closet doors. They’re the first thing you see when you enter my front door and become a focal point in the entry foyer, setting the tone for the house.
Architectural woodcarvings can be added to various flat surfaces, lending a delightful flourish to your trim. We added this one from Enkeboll Designs to our fireplace mantel for a playful yet pretty touch.
I’m one of the few people who can get all excited about a shower door handle, but it’s one of my favorite details in our master bath. Yes, we could have easily gone with the plain curved one that you see everywhere, but I like for everything to look like it was designed with care.
Another one of my favorite trim details is our wood tie backs in the dining room. They were stained to match the rod finials with a distressed gilded finish.
In the living room we carried through the grape leaf theme that you saw on the mantel carving, with chunky finials in a gold tone finish.
Our front door handle is an aged brass. It’s a lovely shape with decorative edging and plays nicely against the mahogany door. This sits directly opposite the entry closets you saw above and reflect the same sensibility.
The French doors in our library have beveled glass panes, but I particularly like the bead trim knobs.
In the kitchen we added a little towel bar to hold our dish towels in a convenient place. We selected a pineapple finial and ribbed dowel with tiny bits of bead trim.
For the door handles on our library cabinets I wanted a pretty brass pull that would contrast against the wood stain.
Even this little hook that holds the center of the long drapery rod has a wonderful bit of flourish that’s in keeping with the upgraded details. There’s no end to the details available that can personalize your home. They are the tiny bits of jewelry that add polish to a room and pedigree to a home. What trim details have you added to your home?
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