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

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

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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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