When you think of home design, your mind probably goes to the bigger structural elements–things like ceilings, cabinetry, exterior stonework or lighting. And while these elements are certainly important, they shouldn’t get all the credit for making your home a beautiful space.

When it comes time to spruce up your home with a renovation or upgrade, it’s important not to overlook equally important design elements. 

Check out Stratton Exteriors’ unsung heroes of home design. 



Have you ever been in a room that had decorative paneling on the walls? If you have, then you’re familiar with wainscoting.

Wainscoting–a design feature which dates all the way back to the 14th Century–was originally conceived as a way to protect the lower portions of walls from moisture, shoe scuffs and other nicks and scrapes. It also helped seal in heat during the winter and cool air during the summer.

Today, most homes are built with foundations and central heating, but the design value of wainscoting has remained.  It’s an easy way to provide a room with dimension, sophistication, and a look that is truly unique.

Accent Walls

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Maybe you don’t have the funds to install a stonework fireplace or add wood paneling to your ceiling. Maybe a total bathroom remodel is a few years off. That doesn’t mean making any improvements to your home is out of the question.

Consider accent walls. 

They’re easy–simply choose a paint, wall paper or wall finish, and then choose the wall or walls you want to transform. Accent walls can make huge difference in how a room looks and feels. They can make small rooms seem larger. They can take a boring, stifling room with few distinguishing features and create a sophisticated and welcoming space.

Bold colors or textures like wood paneling or metallic wallpaper are ideal for adding that extra pop to any room in your home.

Masonry-Faced Foundations

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When it comes to a home’s exterior, the siding (whether it’s brick, stucco, fiber cement or vinyl) generally gets all the attention.

But have you ever thought about the impact your home’s foundation has on its overall look? For many homeowners, a plain cement block foundation detracts from their home’s curb appeal and overall design. For others, wooden latticework meant to hide the unsightly foundation actually contributes to the unsightliness.

Contemporary design values the rustic and sophisticated look of masonry–and few materials successfully camouflage a foundation quite like a brick or stone veneer. If you’re searching for a way to spruce up your home’s exterior, masonry for the foundation can have a huge design impact.

Ready to explore some of these incredible design upgrades for your home? Stratton Exteriors of Nashville is proud to specialize in accent walls, exterior upgrades, stonework, custom wall design and more.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule your estimate.