Homes in Ridgewood are known for their stately appeal. The houses' "bones" already do all the work for you, leaving you with a beautiful base to work with. Still, many of us dream of lavish additions to complement these stunning architectural masterpieces — though we may think they take much more effort than they actually do. If you want to make your home feel grander, more regal, all it takes are a few simple elements. Here are 4 elegant ways to make you feel as though you just stepped into a prestigious manor the moment you walk in your door.
Books — More Books!
A home library brings to mind extensive renovations, the repurposing of an entire room, and impossibly high ceilings which prompt you to use a ladder in order to reach the top shelf. But it's easy to create your own cozy version of this; you don't even need a spare room. Opt for a cozy "reading nook", characterized by floor-to-ceiling shelving, a handsome armchair, and soft lighting.
Favor Climbing Plants
Growing a climbing vine such as ivy or wisteria can add a beautiful element of prestige to your home. While growing ivy on established brick homes — like many of those in Ridgewood — isn't recommended, that doesn't mean you can't fill your fences with the lush foliage. Climbing hydrangea also makes for a lovely, luxuriant look reminiscent of country estates. Remember to ensure that the particular vine you choose is allowed in your neighborhood; some blend well with their environments while others are invasive and can harm local trees and woodlands.
Install Faux Wood Beams
Sure, your home may not already have a gorgeous vaulted ceiling like that of a grand cathedral. But there are a number of ways you can make your ceiling look as impressive as those chapels and cabins that seem to stretch upward endlessly. Light wood beams can be installed to give your ceiling a luxurious boost. Accompanied by a sparkling, tasteful chandelier, the effect can be truly stunning.
Bring Stone Veneer In
Want the interior of your home to resemble a grand hall? Opt for stone veneer or cladding — but bring it inside. Usually designated strictly for exteriors, a hint of stone veneer inside the house can give it the ambiance of a cozy English cottage or a majestic French castle, depending on how it's used. Encase your mantelpiece in the stone for an unbelievably cozy effect, or opt for an accent wall. Floor to ceiling bands of stone veneer add a luxe treat to any room without compromising the warmth of the space.
What do you do to make your home feel more grand? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!