Architectural accents can make your home more visually interesting. But there are various kinds of architectural accents out there. If you want to know which ones are the cheapest, easiest to install, and most impactful, here are a few of the different kinds of architectural accents for your home. You don’t have to erect massive columns or install grand fountains to improve your home’s facade and interior—you just need a few tiny details.
A medallion is an oval or circular frame with an insignia or design in the middle. Medallions are commonly used to encircle light fixtures on the ceiling or as outdoor décor, but you can use them for other things, too, such as decorating your doors.
Appliqués, also known as onlays, are three-dimensional designs you can adhere to a surface. They come in a variety of designs and are ideal for framing doors or adding depth and texture to your furniture.
Corbels are decorative supports that jut out from the wall. Some corbels can actually support weight, but others are meant exclusively for decoration. Use them as quirky centerpieces or underneath countertops, fireplace mantles, and shelves.
Plinth blocks are small pieces of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) designed to smooth the transition between doorframes and baseboards. They make the area around your doors look cleaner, smoother, and grander. For a cohesive look, we recommend pairing plinth blocks with the next kind of architectural accent for your home on our list: corner blocks.
Corner blocks are square pieces of wood or another material that are placed in the corners of door and window trims. They serve both a functional and cosmetic purpose. Corner blocks make fitting window casings easier by eliminating the need to carefully measure and cut corner pieces. They also add personality and interest to the casing.