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Easy Ways to Add Character to Your Home

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It’s easy to add architectural elements to your home to increase its style and value. Installing wainscoting, moulding and shiplap are just a few of the affordable DIY projects you can learn how to do to add character to your home.

Decorative flat-panel wood trim and moulding painted white creates a beautiful backdrop for a console table display in this home entry.
Cover popcorn ceilings with easy-to-apply plank panels.

Install a Plank Ceiling

Here’s a cure for the common ceiling: Cover it with affordable, easy-to-apply ceiling plank panels and paint for a fresh look.

Paint a wall in a faux brick design to add a modern design element.

Paint a Faux-Brick Wall

You don’t need real bricks for the look of a painted brick wall. Just use the same painting technique to any faux brick surface—apply a base coat, let dry, sponge on a top-coat wash, let dry and then sand and wipe clean.

Shiplap planks on the wall of a home entry add rustic character, tone and texture. Learn how to install them yourself.

Add Texture with Shiplap Panels

Add rustic character to your home with shiplap walls. Use easy-to-install shiplap paneling to cover an accent wall—or an entire room—to give your home the look of a reclaimed wood wall.

Barn-style sliding doors painted a dramatic aqua color separate a bedroom and bathroom.

Put in Modern Sliding Barn Doors

Stylish sliding doors have flair to spare. From rustic to polished, they give rooms a dramatic and distinctive look. Do it yourself in a weekend.

Wall-to-wall picture shelves are used to display a collection of artwork in this modern living room.

Install Picture Shelves

These narrow picture shelves allow you to instantly change or rearrange photos and art. Build them in a day with basic tools.

Wood blocks as a decorative wall treatment in this living space add texture, design and warmth.

Create a Wood Block Wall

Lend dimension, texture and the warmth of wood to a room with this decorative wood wall treatment you can make in a weekend.

Geometric wood moulding frames a round mirror over a console table to create a unique accent wall

Try a Geometric Moulding Wall Decoration

Relieve bland expanses of walls with a decorative moulding treatment that’s simple to cut and install.

Colorful splatter-painted MDF planks and aluminum trim create a modern background in this home office.

Hang Horizontal Plank Wallcoverings

Give a dull wall wow power. Make this hip plank wall treatment in a weekend using fun and colorful splatter-painted MDF and aluminum trim channel.

Learn how to install wainscoting yourself to add interest to a room.

Install Wainscoting

Looking for a stylish way to makeover your walls? Add Old-World charm and the warmth of wood to any room with wainscoting. All you need are a few basic tools.

Decorative moulding in a dining room.

Install Moulding

Adding moulding is a great way to refresh or redefine a room. You’ll need a miter saw, basic carpentry tools and some basic woodworking skills.

Learn moulding terms.

Moulding Glossary

When shopping for moulding, know the language. Use this moulding glossary to make sure you get the right moulding for your project.

Add architecture and character to your home to increase its value, style and comfort.  --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

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