Clever Ways to Dress Up Support Columns

June 07, 2016

The unsightly structural support column in the middle of your beautiful open floor plan is a common tale of woe. The engineer says it has to stay, the homeowner says it has to go, but the designer says, "How can make it work?". See our tips below for dressing up a support column in your home. 


Image via Visbeen Architects

1. Bookshelf or Wine Rack

Disguising a support column is easy when you enclose it with cabinetry, such as a wine rack on bookshelf. It makes the post look intentional, if placed in line with the function of the space. 



Image via Paul Moon Design

2. Natural Stone

No matter the style of your home, natural stone gives the feeling of luxury, while creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 


Columns6.jpgImage via England Street Construction

3. Custom Carpentry

Custom woodwork can be created to match the stain and style of your kitchen cabinetry. By being of a similar woodtone, but not the exact match, it gives the look of intentionality, without blending in too much with the surrounding space. 



Image via Asher Associates Architects

4. Island Storage

By adding storage at the end of an island, it gives the look of purpose, while maintaning functionality of the overall space. This clever solution added additional storage for oversized kitchen items that may not be used everyday. 



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5. Built-In Buffet

If you have an open floor plan, where your dining and living room connect, try adding a built-in buffet. It will anchor the space, while still keeping with the open floor plan. Paint it the same color as your walls or a complimentary color tone for a seamless view. 



Image via Wentworth, Inc.

6. Slatted panels

Slatted panels are a great idea for a kids or bonus room. Not only are they fun and versatile, but can be used to hang everyday items on, such as coats and hats. They make a great place to hang childrens artwork. 




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