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Beyond crown moulding, how can I add design flair to my living room? Add to ...

The question

My living room already has crown moulding. What are some other ways of adding architectural interest?

The answer

Crown moulding, which runs along the seam where a wall meets the ceiling, is just the beginning when it comes to embellishments. For instance, modernist designers often create a “reveal,” which is a measured gap between a wall and ceiling. This feature requires extremely careful installation.

Generally, I find there is more leeway when adding layers, such as simple panel mouldings, that give extra dimension and provide the opportunity to use a contrasting finish.

Ceiling medallions can also softly enhance a room. I love the idea of applying silver leaf to the ceiling and leaving the medallion white and moon-like.

There are so many creative ways to use architectural enhancements, so forget today’s sterile ultramodern rooms; indeed, give me an embellished room and I will install a slick, minimalist white sectional, sit back and enjoy the juxtaposition.

Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace’s new e-book, Dee Dee’s Rules, is available on iTunes. Follow her on Twitter: @ddtaylordd. Have a design problem? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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