Many homes need a structural column or two, especially in today's open-plan spaces. Here's how to turn them into superstars
It’s a common conversation between contractors and homeowners who hope to create an open floor plan by knocking down walls: The architect says an all-important structural column or two must stay, and all parties start to grieve a little for the perfect open space that now feels tainted. If you find yourself in this position, take heart. That column that first looked like an eyesore can be transformed into a feature in its own right with these clever design moves.
1. Greenery. This one works especially well outdoors, though varieties like Hedera helix (English ivy) have also been successfully grown inside. Training your ivy to grow around a column is no different from training it up a fence or a wall. Besides looking stellar, ivy is a novel solution that works quickly to cover the column in no time.
2. Tile. Mosaic tile or even wallpaper with an interesting texture is another way to spiff up your functional columns with a minimal investment of time and money.
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Source: Houzz.com, 6/4/2016