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Interior Architecture Elements with Big Impact

Character-adding and jaw-dropping, architectural details transform spaces from blank boxes to rooms full of charm, warmth and panache. These 20 spaces are sure to inspire some stunning updates to your home.

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Take Advantage of Your Home's Character

Built in 1927, this Kansas home was renovated for modern-day living while retaining the timeless character of the home. Hand-hewn beams accentuate the cathedral ceiling and also continue into the kitchen, where they complement the exposed brick walls. Porthole windows flank the carved stone fireplace, and a spectacular candelabra hangs overhead.

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Photo: Harry Norman, REALTORS, a member of Luxury Portfolio International. From: Harry Norman, REALTORS and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Gravitate Toward Historic Design

Set on the river in Savannah, Ga., this home blends classic southern style with Greek Revival architecture. The 14-foott-tall vaulted ceiling in this living area is finished in knotty wood and frames the high arched window that overlooks the Spanish moss-covered trees and river.

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Go for the Impressive + Bold

The combination of the vaulted ceiling and exposed stone wall makes a dramatic statement in this colorful and pattern-filled studio. Bright white window headers generate a striking juxtaposition against the wall and adds a burst of lightness into the space.

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Photo: William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, a member of Luxury Portfolio International. From: William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance and Luxury Portfolio International®.

Consider a Modern Vision

Often visions of architectural elements are for the traditional or the rustic, such as timeless crown molding, exposed wood beams or elegant archways. However, contemporary and modern homes also have a handle on elements that bring in character and definition. Low-profile gray ceiling beams set in a grid pattern mimic the windows in this contemporary abode. Eye-catching chandeliers and light fixtures add to the overall effect.

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