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Build up and add moulding for texture and interest

Our house is a split level, which means you walk right into a short landing and you either go down the stairs to the basement or up the stairs to the main level right away.

Right at the top of the stairs that go to the main level is a huge opening into our dining room and kitchen. It is a dramatic opening that makes it so we don't have to knock down walls to open up the place, huge money-saver right there! However, of course I wanted to make this archway a little more impressive since it's the first thing you see when you walk in.

It was relatively simple. We tore down the existing trim around the opening and replaced it with some thicker boards on the sides and a thicker board with a little bit of moulding on the top. Some paint and voila! A more dramatic entrance!