Flooring and Ceiling Ideas For Your Rooms

If you were to walk into a room with no furniture, no paint on the walls, and bare floors – it would look bland, plain and boring.  Architectural products exist to help you take the plain or outdated and make them into aesthetically pleasing and cozy.  When you enter a room, the ceilings and the floor serve as frames that set the tone for the look of the entire room. What ways can you make the most of these features to enhance each room in the house?


Whether you consciously realize it or not, when a person enters a room it is nearly automatic for their eyes  to look down at the floor, then up at the ceiling.  If you want a good way to spruce a room up, here are a few options:

Wood Planks:  Wood planks can add depth, luxury – even design depending on the textural elements you choose to use.  Wood planks come in all kinds  of plank sizes, colors, and styles.

– Beams:  Another option that is both decorative and practical are faux wood beams.  These are U shaped with removable sides that not only add an extra architectural design to a room but they also “hide” elements of a room you don’t want people to see, such as pipes, wires, sprinkler heads, etc.

– Moulding:  Whether you want to place moulding on your ceilings to connect rooms or you just want to create a more comfortable and complete space, decorative mouldings add an extra visual to the look of the ceiling.


If you walk into a room with just flooring, and nothing else, it can still look pretty bland.  What ways can you use moulding to add to the frame of your floors?

Baseboard Moulding:  One idea to spice things up a little bit is to add baseboard moulding to the edges of your floors and lower walls.  Baseboard moulding is essentially the “trim” to your floor. Baseboard moulding comes in several different sizes, as well as designs and profiles from simple to more complex.

– Floor Moulding:   Floor moulding (sometimes called “quarter round” or “shoe moulding” goes between the floor and the wall and has a quarter moon shape to fit right into the crevice between the two.  To make an even bolder look you can use floor moulding in conjunction with baseboard moulding to create a totally different look for your floors.

For more information about floors visit Volterra Architectural Products to view our catalog or call 602-258-7373.

Interior Mouldings and Trim Make A Dramatic Impact

One of the biggest ways to turn a plain old boxed-in space into a beautiful room with character is to add interior mouldings.  Mouldings offer attitude, as well as style.  Not only can it add style to a room, but interior mouldings are inexpensive and easy to install.  So easy in fact, that they can be a DIY project. Here are a few instances of using mouldings for your rooms.


Baseboards are the moulding pieces that are closest to the flooring.  While we take them for granted,  they make a huge difference in keeping the room from looking naked.  Just by adding baseboards you can significantly change how a room looks.  Depending on the height of the ceiling, your baseboard can be anywhere from 4 to 10 inches high.  If the room has hardwood floors, consider adding shoe moulding.


A great way to differentiate rooms is by placing casings on doorways between entryways. The status quo in terms of size for casings is usually around 2.25 inches wide and 1.75 inches deep from the outside of the edge.  But, you can change this up depending on the look you like.

Crown Moulding

As with baseboards, these little details make such an impact. Crown moulding helps draw your eyes upward which can make a room seem higher than it really is. It goes at the top part of the wall and comes in all kinds of colors, shapes, design details and more.  Even an 8-foot room can become so much more dramatic with a simple 5 inch base addition of crown moulding.

Finishing Touches

Beyond just paint, there are also optional features you can add to interior mouldings such as tongue and groove products that can be added to corners to make the room look even more drastic.

For more information about interior mouldings or optional features visit Volterra Architectural Products to view our catalog or call 602-258-7373.

Ideabook: Incorporating Moulding With Textured Wallpaper

Chances are if you’re thinking about changing your decor or your decor style you will want to keep certain aspects of the room the same.  Tearing down walls and making spaces larger is great for remodels, but if you want to simply change how a room looks, you can and should keep some remnants of the room as is.

Wallpaper is something that tends to be tedious to put up so you wouldn’t want to rip it all down just because you want to change the look of the room.  Use the wallpaper to your advantage as a canvas.

Traditional Dining Room

If you want to make a dining room a little more cozy, luxurious, or more traditional you can add wood mouldings to the entire wall space and use the moulding to create panels on the walls. These can be stained as a neutral color that goes well with a lighter ivory textured wallpaper.

Dramatically Modern Living Room

On the other hand, if traditional is not your style, you can also go with a more modern look. Try a few darker tones such as heather grey and black. Stain the flooring hardwood planks in heather grey and paint the walls in  a similar shade, while the millwork pieces should be stained in black. Inside the millwork frames include a very light geometrical textured wallpaper pattern.

3 Panel Moulding As A Backdrop

If you have something like a large table in your living room and the space behind it seems incredibly plain or boring, you might think about painting it.  Instead, why  not add something a little more creative?  One idea is to create three separate panels using hardwood moulding and then add textured wallpaper. inside of the panels

As you can see from the limited examples above, the sky is the limit when it comes to hardwood moulding and textured wallpaper. If you are looking for ideas on how to implement hardwood moulding into your home design, contact Volterra Architectural Products at 602-258-7373.


What is Mid-Century Architecture?

Mid-Century may not be a term you often hear, but this style of architecture is still common today.  Built from 1945 to approximately the mid-1980s, mid-century homes were created because they are simple and minimalistic, while using natural materials.

Key Elements

As with any style, mid-century includes specific key elements.  As a homeowner, you can include all of the elements, but some people find it very overwhelming in trying to create a replica.

– Functionality is Important

– You should have minimal ornamentation

– A variety of traditional, as well as nontraditional materials, can be used

– Uncluttered and organized with sleek lines

– Both organic and geometric forms

In terms of purchasing pieces such as furniture; one of the biggest reasons its actually okay to veer off from an exact replica is that a lot of the pieces from that era can be very expensive!  If you can find a piece that is similar or find a piece that has been copied, that would be a better fit for your budget.

Common Materials Used

One of the most common materials used in a mid-century home that is considered a traditional material is wood.  However, you can also use non-traditional materials such as faux wood.

Famous Examples Of Mid-Century Homes

Not only are there famous mid-century architects like George Nelson, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard, but there are also homes that are still standing to this day that you can check out to get a better feel for what mid-century really means in terms of materials, colors used, and of course, architectural details.  Some of the homes you can check out are either still standing as residences, turned into museums or house organizations.

Some of These Homes Include:

Farnsworth House – Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951

Stahl House – Designed by Pierre Koenig in 1960

Neutra VDL Studio and Residence – designed originally in 1933 by Richard Neutra but was rebuilt after a fire in 1966

The Philip Johnson Glass House – Designed by Architect Philip Johnson in 1949.

If you would like more information on ways to use architectural products to create a mid-century look for your home, visit Volterra Architectural Products to view our catalog or call 602-258-7373.

Coffered Ceilings and Their Benefits For Smaller Homes

When it’s time to design and build your dream home, you might be going through all the different aesthetics in order to make your home feel bigger and more spacious, especially if you will have a smaller home.  One of the aesthetics you should look into are coffered ceilings.

Coffered ceiling allows you to present architectural elements to a large plain ceiling, plus they can make the space look larger than it really is.  Coffered ceilings still allow you to choose the type of material, how the beams look and they are meant to blend in with the homeowner’s style.

Here are a few of the benefits of adding coffered ceilings to your dream home.

An Illusion of Space

Not everyone can afford or even wants a really large home, but if you want to create an illusion of space, coffered beams are the best way to go about that.  Boxed beamed ceilings, especially when they are installed closer to the ceiling, can create an illusion of space.  Make sure that you paint the beams a different color than the recessed panels.  This works a lot like painting a room – by painting the walls vs the ceiling 2 different complementing colors, you can create an illusion of space that fools your eyes.

They Absorb Sound

Coffered ceilings can also absorb sound in a way that a regular ceiling cannot.  In fact, if you plan to have wood floors in your dream home – which bounce sound around and are not good at absorbing echoes, coffered ceilings would balance it out.  For this reason, coffered ceilings would work really well in a living room, media room, theater room, etc.

Aesthetic Appeal

You can easily transform a plain looking room into one that is visually appealing with coffered beams.  They add a touch of class and elegance to living rooms, kitchens, even den’s.

Types Of Materials

Depending on the style of your dream home, you will want to choose a material for your coffered beams that complement your style.  Thankfully, these beams come in all sorts of wood types such as maple, red oak, poplar, and oak.  The type of wood you choose will also depend on your budget.  The more expensive, but durable option would be cherry.

If you would like more information about coffered ceilings or other architectural features, visit Volterra Architectural Products to view our catalog or call 602-258-7373.

Is Your Dining Room at Its Best?

The dining room is the focal point of nearly any home. It is the place where we gather to share meals and have family meetings. It can also make a big difference in the visual appeal of your house during a sale. If your dining room is suffering from boring paint and plain decor, consider how faux wood products can make a difference.

Matching Your Dining Room Table

While your dining table is where all the action happens, many times the tables we choose don’t quite mesh with the style and color of the house. Adding faux wood accents to the dining room, even in the form of crown moulding, can help the dining room table look more at home. You may also want to trim your doors or windows to better match the table.

Wood Beam Ceilings

Nothing is quite as classy as a large room complete with a beamed ceiling. Wood beams on ceiling make the room look longer and more open. They also add a bit of a traditional touch to the space, so it will feel warm and welcoming. Wood beams can be added to nearly any ceiling using a cross hatch pattern or simple brackets can be used on walls to give the illusion of full beams. These beams look even better with a chandelier that will light up the room.

Tying in Your Kitchen

A doorway between the kitchen and the dining room that is too cramped or narrow can make life around your home more challenging and uncomfortable. If you have a pass through window or a large kitchen island, consider accenting with faux or natural wood moulding to add continuity.

Whatever you have in mind, don’t forget to check out Volterra’s complete line of faux wood beams and planks and give every room in your house the elegance it deserves. Visit us online or calling Volterra Architectural Products at 602-258-7373.


Commercial Design with Volterra Architectural Products

Have you been searching for the right way to dress up your office space or lobby? Volterra Architectural Products offers a number of commercial design options that will give any space a high-end, classic look. You can quickly do away with bland, white walls and add an element of warmth to any room using these three tips.

1.     Trim the Doorways – A quick way to spruce things up is to add trim around your doorways and windows. As guests enter your business their eyes will be drawn to the doorways and it will give the vision that beyond those doors is a private, professional space.

2.     Draw Attention to Your Reception Desk – If you have a reception desk at the front of your office, you can use corbels, faux wood beams, and paneling to create a more up-scale finish. These warm, natural looking materials help build a sense of welcome and inviting that is often left out of modern, cool office spaces.

3.     Adorn the Hallways – With the help of crown moulding and faux wood corbels, you can make long barren hallways appear less intimidating. These accents will break up the walls and help lift the ceiling so the walk back to your office feels short and comfortable to your clients.

The perfect commercial design is a balance of elegance and thoughtful planning. You don’t want to overdo your space by adding too many accents, but you also don’t want a dull and uninviting office space. With a few simple faux wood accents, you can strike this balance just right. Your guests are most likely to notice when you highlight your reception desk and dress up your doorways.

Volterra Architectural Products offers faux wood beams and accessories to fit any office space or lobby. You can choose from a wide selection of colors and finishes that look and feel just like real wood. These products are affordable and easy to install in any space. Visit us online to learn more today!

Luxury Design on a Budget

When it comes to redesigning a space with luxury in mind, there are a few clues that pull you in.  Crown moulding is the first sign of an upscale room. Finials, natural wood finishes and other accents add to the overall look and feel. Most people would say that adding all of these details to a bland old room would cost a fortune, but the truth is there are many affordable options for luxury design today thanks to modern technologies.

Faux Wood Options

One of the greatest advancements in the home design world is faux wood beams. These lightweight beams come in many styles and colors to perfectly mimic the look and feel of real wood. Whether you use these beams for ceilings or to add columns in your house, the addition of natural looking wood elements speaks to a luxury design.

Flexible Moulding

Crown moulding is typically expensive to install, not because of the materials but because of the complex cuts and installation process involved with real wood moulding. Today’s flexible moulding options make the installation process much simpler, especially with radius corners and round rooms, without taking away from the true beauty that crown moulding adds to a room.

Other Accents

As you wrap up your luxury design, it’s important to add tasteful accents where they seem fit. This can include anything from small decorative supports under countertops, window and door trim, vent covers, and so much more. The best luxury designs are the ones that strike a balance between these accents and a clean, simple look. Remember, if you add too many accents in one space the room will look busy and overdone.

Any room can be given a luxury makeover with products from Volterra Architectural Products. Visit our gallery today to get some ideas of how you can use faux wood beams and moulding products to dress up any room in your house. We have a wide range of products available in many colors and wood styles to fit your needs, and we have a full range of accessories so you can treat your room from bottom to top.

Is Exterior Crown Moulding Right for You?

When we think of crown moulding, we often think of its use on the interior of homes with large open ceilings, laced with layers of woodwork. However, crown moulding is a feature used on the exterior of homes in places where we can appreciate its value, yet we rarely think of it as separate from the rest of the house’s trim. The addition of exterior crown moulding can make a big difference in the way your house looks from the road.

Hide Plain Soffits

The area where a roof overhangs the exterior walls of the house are often left plain or simply covered by a simple plastic trim which doesn’t enhance the finished look of the roof line. This oversight can be remedied with the help of exterior crown moulding. Exterior crown moulding can be applied just beneath the soffits and gutters to create a gentle transition into the sides of the wall instead of a harsh line.

Breaking Up Long Lines 

Many roof lines and the length of a home is made up of long, uninterrupted lines which fail to draw the eye. By adding exterior crown moulding which includes some vertical elements, you can break up long flat stretches and add intrigue. If you have flat, painted walls with relatively little texture, a strip of exterior crown moulding can help break the look of the house into top and bottom sections, while adding contrast.

There are many ways exterior crown moulding can give your home a fresh new look. The most important part is the knowledge that crown moulding isn’t only reserved for interior use. Volterra Architectural Products carries faux wood crown moulding which can stand the test of time in all climates without becoming badly weathered. To see more of our crown moulding products, check out our online catalog today or contact with your questions by calling 602-258-7373.

Why Add Window Trim to A House?

It’s hard to estimate how big of a difference window trim can make on a home until you see the results for yourself. While we love the idea of large, open windows that bring the great outdoors into our living room, we often leave the space around windows relatively bare. Adding window trim is one way you can build depth and interest, while truly highlighting windows as a picture perfect frame to the outside view.

Give the Exterior of Your Home a Formal Facelift

Adding trim around the exterior of a window can instantly boost the curb appeal of your home. Exterior window trim can be fairly basic and painted in a contrasting color or it can be layered and intricate. Whichever type of trim you decide to use on the exterior of your home will break up the long horizontal lines which tend to flow with brickwork or siding and add a vertical contrast.

Frame the Outdoors with Interior Window Trim

A layer of window trim around interior windows can create a focal point around the picturesque view from your living room. While some people choose an exotic, regal look by adding a large header, there is still plenty of drama to be gained with a simple trim that matches on all four sides. This process can take no more than a few minutes if you purchase the window trim pre-painted. The result is an updated, elegant look that looks like a million bucks.

Whether you plan on selling your home in the near future or just want to renovate and give your home a more sophisticated look, window trim is the answer. This project can be applied throughout your home in less than a day when you purchase pre-finished trim options to fit your desired look. Volterra Architectural Products offers window trim in many different styles and colors so you can quickly dress up your windows inside and out. Don’t spend another day with dull, unfinished window frames. Contact us today at 602-258-7373