Mad About Millwork
Whether your home is a magnificent mansion, a traditional townhome, or an artsy apartment, millwork can transform the walls and ceilings of any structure. From simple picture frame woodwork to ornate patterns, it adds depth and adds finish and focus in a room.
In technical terms, millwork is a building material made at a factory or mill. It includes interior trim, doors, shelving, stair treads, even molding and floors.
Get inspired for your next project by some of our favorite millwork:
TRADITIONAL PICTURE FRAME
Looking for a more traditional vibe? Try picture frame moulding. It brings a warmer touch to walls than board and batten and offers a bit more texture.
If you have ever watched Fixer Upper featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines, you know a little something about shiplap. Technically, shiplap is a style of wooden wall siding characterized by long planks that are mounted horizontally with a slight gap between them in a manner that evokes exterior shiplap walls.
Once used to make ships, it features the same overlapping joint that makes true shiplap tight and weatherproof in a house made for a water-tight ship, too.
For a new twist on shiplap try some variations like:
- Vertical instead of horizontal
BOARD AND BATTEN
A simple square board and batten makes any space feel stylish.
Originally, board and batten siding was designed in order to solve a problem. In the colonial days, rain and cool air would seep through the board siding on homes. The batten was added to cover the cracks between the boards and seal the interior of the home from the exterior weather. - craftivitydesigns.com
In a warm pink like above, it adds a modern appeal with clean lines while also adding decorative trim and molding.
Make a fun, bold statement in a room by getting creative with shapes, patterns, and color.
A solitary color seems the most popular way to use split color, one for millwork, the other for field areas. Often, millwork looks just as beautiful in the raw to convey a low-key modern vibe.
Like with paint, we need to consider the 5th wall as an opportunity to use millwork unexpectedly. It immediately adds depth and focus. Pair with simple off-whites and highlight with a modern light fixture. But as with any millwork installation, plan out your surface carefully, being mindful with a sense of scale and crisp straight lines and mitered corners.
Consider millwork as a creative expression that enhances the design in any room. There are so many options, even faux paneling and shiplap wallpaper! With any millwork installation, plan out your surfaces, being mindful of scale and choose the style that matches your home's personality.
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