VISUAL BENEFITS OF FRAMED DOORWAYS & OPENINGS

In the world of open floor plans its tempting to want to blow out all the walls and have the space be endless - but don’t underestimate the power of architectural framed-openings! They can add tremendous interest and dimension to spaces. 

So what am I talking about exactly? Actual interior doorways that are trimmed and wrapped in wood as opposed to openings without trim pieces and casings. 

VISUAL BENEFITS OF CASED DOORWAYS & OPENINGS

  • When done well, just by their sheer presence, wood trims add a custom feel and enhance the over-all richness of a space

  • They add depth, and visual weight by creating thickness and shadow lines around openings

  • They help to differentiate space 

  • They create a finished-look

  • They can update a space tremendously

  • They provide architectural breaks that allow for changes in wall colors or finishes

  • And my favorite - cased openings provide framed-in views, and if planned well, provide beautiful lines-of-site

PROJECT HIGH MARK

Being of late 1960’s architectural design and construction, Project High Mark, in its original form had very little wood trim. The original door casings and baseboards were narrow and plain. 

Take a look at all the changes we made in the progress photos of the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Notice how the cased openings add so much interest and depth to the spaces.

THE TAKE AWAY

  • A great way to update a space is by changing out the baseboards, door & window trims.

  • Keep this in mind though - no room in a house is an island. If you update one space with new trims and casings, keep the theme going throughout the house. Otherwise it will feel like a hodgepodge and cheapen things.

  • Choose wood trims and casings that compliment the architecture of the home. For example, rosette details don’t belong in ranch-style homes.

To see more abut this project, go here, here, here, and here.

Cheers!

Tami

Photo Credit: Lindsey King Photography