Ideas for adding decorative wood posts in wall openings

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Ideas for adding decorative wood posts in wall openings
(Church columns image by Paul Herbert from

Wood posts offer a grand and elegant look for any room, and especially if used as dividers for rooms. With some creative planning, you can add decorative wood posts and make a bold statement to the entire area.

Full Wood Posts

Use full-height posts or columns in a wall opening to a room. Space them every 3 to 5 feet or more on an upper level room with one or two steps down to another room. This makes the entryway more pronounced and grand.

Full posts can be thick or thin, with twists or smooth and be square or round. Posts are often used for outdoor accents such as on porches, but can add a refreshing decor when used indoors. You can paint them to match the room colour or leave the posts natural wood to match the trim in a room.

Half Posts

Posts or spindles can be cut to a shorter length and used in a room opening to make a type of indoor decorative railing. Add a 4- to 6-inch top railing made out of granite, marble or solid surface for a beautiful place to display vases or other items. The half posts or spindles can be used to divide rooms that are adjacent with no walls, such as a dining room and family room, while still giving a feeling of openness.

Half Wall with Wood Posts

Another way to divide two rooms is to build a half wall with a wood post at the end of the wall near the room opening. This type of interior designing was done a lot in the 1970s but it is still an interesting way to divide two adjacent rooms. Add fancy spandrels--decorative woodwork across the top of the entryway next to the half wall--for a dramatic accent, as seen on

Wood Posts Surrounding an Area

Decorative wood posts and larger columns make a bold statement in wall openings where there are many stairs, or a fountain or other area that you want to draw attention to. shows how this focuses attention to a central wall fireplace with openings on both sides and several steps surrounding the fireplace. The posts, spindles and columns add a grand theme to the decor

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