Designers often use oversized mirrors in small spaces to help reflect light and make the spaces feel larger than they actually are. A twist on this idea is to choose architectural-style mirrors which create the illusion of an extra window or door.
A wet room-style shower takes advantage of a row of curving windows that overlook spectacular views. The Naples, Florida, home is the pinnacle of luxury, with rich architectural details and a traditional, elegant decorative style. A mirror above this custom vanity mimics the curving lines of the room.
To focus the room design on the fireplace in this long living room, designer Heather Hilliard custom designed a sofa to fit into the window niche. A modern coffee table tones down the traditional nature of the space, and recessed lighting highlights the architectural features of the space.
The castle centers around the monumental great hall. Architectural details include a 40-foot-high timber ceiling, marble columns, carved stone capitals and a stained glass window. The chimney was envisioned by Augustus Pugin who also designed the Palace of Westminster, where Britain's houses of parliament meet.
Artisan end tables made from reclaimed wood pieces can also be used as organic décor, a plant stand or stool. A large black and white architectural photograph from the Sixties adds modern personality behind the sofa. The den’s windows offer a look at the outdoor patio with pergola.
The five bedroom, five bathroom prairie style home has been fully restored to its original beauty but updated for today's living. Built from 1908-1912, there's a certain appreciation for the architectural details, including the gorgeous craftsman-style windows. The large reflecting pool adds a unique element to the design.
Soaring ceilings, polished marble floors and rich architectural details exude elegance in this Naples, Florida, home. The overall palette is neutral, allowing the lush tropical foliage visible through the many windows to create a focal point from room to room. Interior columns and elaborate moldings are among the space's defining features.
Graphic wall panels and tailored upholstery give this girl's bedroom a crisp, clean look. Black and white classics with a pop of yellow are toned down with hits of gray and silver. The yellow-painted tray ceiling and the bay window seat bring distinction and architectural interest to the space.
This home office offers the ultimate in kid-space function, with a built-in desk, built-in storage and rich architectural detail. Modern green chairs complement the fun, contemporary pattern on the windows, and colorful accents create a fun environment for kids to play and learn.
Clean lines and crisp geometry characterize this master bathroom in La Jolla, California. Classic architectural touches like crown molding and traditional windows are balanced by a sleek white countertop and modern gray tile set in a herrinbone pattern. Wood cabinetry warms up the space and adds a touch of traditional Mission style.
This Crow's Nest Mansion in Bronxville, NY, offers guests lots of architectural design upon entering the space, from the coved ceilings to the corner fireplace with a rich, detailed mantle. The bay window lets in natural light and features a bench for extra seating, while a large Persian rug lines the floor.
Board and batten adds architectural detail to the ceiling of this master bedroom, while plush carpeting brings style and softness underfoot. A rolled arm bench sits under the large windows for beautiful views, and an upholstered gray bed dressed in crisp white linens makes for a relaxing spot at the end of the day.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow lots of natural light to pour into this elegant cream-colored living room. White ceiling beams add architectural interest and emphasize the room’s height. Neutral furnishings, a traditional rug, full-length gold drapes and the baby-grand piano add to the room’s sophisticated, timeless look. Design by Kristi Nelson.
To create an architectural element worthy of a luxury hotel, Atlanta designer Rachel Greathouse started with a $30 mirror at a flea market. She painted the four-paned frame in a gloss that matched the wall color, and then hung the mirror at a 45 degree angle for an interesting visual effect. From its place above the bed, the mirror can appear like a diamond-shaped window because it reflects the windows on the opposite wall.
Large windows and glass French doors allow beautiful Florida views that inspire the design of this tropical living room. Distressed reclaimed elm grounds the space, while exposed ceiling beams and a vaulted ceiling add architectural interest above. The fireplace is the centerpiece of the room and made from tabby, an authentic Florida material combining crushed clamshells and plaster.
This traditional living room, in dark shades of orange and yellow, is guaranteed to brighten anyone's day. It features a built-in sofa with storage beneath, a distressed coffee table, small dining area and custom windows with clerestory panel and beautiful oriental rug. White columns add intricate architectural detail.
This city loft in Dallas, TX, offers a living-dining area with oak hardwood flooring, exposed concrete beams and clean lines. Architectural details act as art in this space, as the marble topped kitchen island draws the eye naturally to the dining table beneath the stairs and to the sofa placed in front of floor to ceiling windows.
This family-friendly kitchen features a large island topped by a row of beautiful and functional pendant lights. A built-in desk puts the home office right at the heart of the house, and a walk-in pantry is ultra-convenient. Transom windows and crown molding are traditional architectural details that fit the style of the house.