Architecture and interior design go hand-in-hand.
Interesting interior architecture - like French doors and mill work – always add to both the aesthetic and real estate value of your home. But as beautiful as they are, if they’re used incorrectly, they can look awkward or just plain wrong.
That doesn’t mean you have to part with those wonderful architectural features. Take a fresh look around to see if there’s a better way to use them, then let your creativity run free.
Here’s an example of how to repurpose interior architecture.
A client of mine in Basking Ridge, NJ asked me to redesign her formal bedroom suite. One of the first things I noticed was a set of French doors between the bedroom and the master bathroom – a beautiful piece of interior architecture, but definitely in the wrong place. While clear glass French doors in a master suite may be nice in theory, bathrooms and bedrooms require some privacy.
First I replaced the French doors with a single raised panel solid wood door. I used the French doors to close off an expanded linen closet within this very large bathroom, then covered the glass on the inside with tight shirred panels in a print that matches the window drapes. Besides being functional, the panels added a soft element to the room while effectively concealing storage space.
Not only does repurposing interior architecture save you money, it's also a very sustainable and environmentally friendly way to refresh and redesign your home’s interior.