Columns have been with us for ages. As far as our memory can take us, ancient sculptors and ‘designers’ used columns to embrace their houses’ beauty in so many creative ways that this element of an architectural design has become evergreen.
Columns are essential for structural support in most buildings, hence, they carry loads of materials from the roof, upper floors or the ground support of your home. Fortunately, this does not mean that your columns should be covered.
It’s rather the other way round – if you’ve experienced the custody of having columns in your house, be proud of them and display this structural element of your home with our 10 creative ways of decorating columns.
1. Consider the structure before designing your home
If you are lucky enough to be handy with the design and you are good in managing the aesthetics of your home, you can turn to a structural engineer or an architect and ask them about options for creative column display. This matter is utterly important in the case of large rooms, such as living and family rooms or open plan kitchens, as there may be more to see to them from the structural point of view. Simply put, ask the design professional if you can plan the space around the columns so that they are not stuck in an odd place.
2. Plan the layout of the furniture around your columns
A column will make a perfect focal point if used with the right dose of common sense. Should you have exterior decks, you can see how stone, brick, stucco and wood can be displayed as columns wrap. With that in mind, the outdoor furniture arrangement can use similar materials and colors that resemble the column’s style for a matching and statement-making setup.
3. Embrace your columns with luxurious and elegant details
Glamor is always welcome, especially when it comes to columns. Actually, they are the best option possible for spreading some luxury around. Classical columns with characteristic capitals can be displayed as Tuscan and Doric style with plain lines or can be more decorative, like Corinthian columns with creative patterns and naturally sculpted elements with lots of details and swirls. You can use these columns in the main entryway or even in your living room, let alone a luxurious bathroom with a marble column in a Corinthian style.
4. Determine the style of columns and make use of it
Architectural periods, during which columns were used, are long gone, but the structures themselves remain nearly untouched. Given this, you should contact an interior designer who will be capable of determining the style of columns and adjusting them to the style, in which your home is finished. This will provide you with a unique, elegant area with a theme that has something to say.
5. Wrap your columns with greenery to make it an outstanding focal point
Columns may well be considered utilitarian structures; However, if one is to create a truly dazzling setup combined with nature, one has to take a look at the bigger picture. With that said, you should invest in greenery – ask a landscape designer what kind of foliage will suit your columns – will it be something of short leaves or rather an ivy or a wild vine that would cling onto the specific exterior material? The choice is up to you.
6. Choose the best material for the columns inside your house
It’s advisable to consider the material for your interior design that will fit your columns. The bad news is that columns will stay in your home no matter what (well, with the exception of demolition jobs or an earthquake). The good news is that you can adjust the interior to your columns in order to make your home elements match with one another.
Many chic urban lofts will favor exposed steel columns that can either be painted or unpainted, which is an inspiration for many industrial style lovers. On the other hand, if your home leans toward the more traditional interior, then a drywall will be a beautiful way to wrap your columns with, or to finish a large room such as an open basement.
7. Opt for faux columns for your interior
It may sound a bit weird as the original intent of columns is solely structural. Nonetheless, designers and architects have come up with the idea of using non-structural, also known as faux, columns to create a purely aesthetic appeal. They look gorgeous in foyers, as well as on outdoor porches.
8. Use columns as design elements or as storage space
You can modify your columns – using the hand of a professional, of course – to serve as the base for bookshelves, creative display areas in your house and other storage purposes. Also, a popular way of using columns for designer purposes is flanking a fireplace from both sides with one column. The other one may be used for having built-shelves to display media, books or little sculptures.
9. Don’t think you will remove a column from your design “just like that”
As much as columns are favored and appreciated in the world of interior design, you may not be a fan of them. Many homeowners decide to totally remodel their homes with the reckless assumption that they can just remove one column to open the space without having the impact on the whole structure of their interior. Before you undertake such an activity, it’s best to contact a structural engineer who will guide you through the conditions, in which the column can or cannot be removed. Never do it on your own without the foregoing conversation.
10. Break up outdoor spaces with columns
We’ve spent some time talking about interior columns; Now it’s time to talk about outdoors – in outdoor designs, columns are often considered nothing more than a structural element and, therefore, neglected in the overall layout. It’s disappointing, as columns are ideal for breaking up outdoor spaces, say an arrangement of columns on a terrace overlooking the pool along with the panorama of your neighborhood. Should you opt for an integrated look of your indoor and outdoor design, use the same material for your exterior, as you do with the inside furniture and decor elements to match the design of your columns.
Are you fortunate enough to have a nice set of columns in your house? If not, what would you do with them and how would you arrange these structural elements to merge into one with the overall home layout?