Small House Decorating Ideas
In modern buildings, that is anything built after the 1920s, architectural details need to be added with great sensitivity. Houses in a self-consciously modern style were designed to be free of mouldings and ornament, because this was thought to reduce the places where dirt could collect, and it is perhaps best to keep them that way.
However, such single-mindedness seems inappropriate for a modern house that apes traditional building styles, or one with a smattering of ‘period’ features. In such cases, perhaps the safest option is to forget historical accuracy, and only add ornament where it serves a practical purpose. You might make a narrow room seem wider by dividing the walls with dado and picture rails, or install a fireplace in a room to provide a focal point. If the fireplace works, and you can comfortably arrange seating around it, it is much less likely to look out of place. Similarly, hanging paintings from the picture rail will make it look like a planned decision rather than an afterthought.
Whatever the age or style of your home, it is vital to use details that correspond in scale. Their size should reflect the height of the room, or the ceiling area in the case of roses and cornicing. It can be fun to exaggerate their proportions slightly when creating a themed or theatrical scheme. For example, you might widen the door and window architraves in a modern house so that they ‘go’ better with period furnishings, but they should not be so large that they become visually distracting.