Creative Ideas for a Support Column in the Family Room

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Creative Ideas for a Support Column in the Family Room
Support columns give you a chance to decorate or show off a classic look. (detail of old carved cement column image by Stephen Orsillo from

Sometimes a support column in a room is an eyesore; other times a column adds beauty and a chance for creativity. Consider decorating a pre-existing support column in the family room or adding a column to the space as a pillar for artwork or shelving, or to flaunt a classic look.

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Greek Columns

Think about adding a classic Greek column to your home. Encase an existing support column with a historic column or rearrange the family room space to fit a larger column. Choose a Doric, Corinthian or Ionic column, depending on whether you want a simpler or more ornate column crown, or top, design. Think about redecorating the room with busts, old Greek and Roman texts and other classical decor to complement the hefty column.

Creative Ideas for a Support Column in the Family Room
Greek columns work as support systems and decorative elements. (ancient-style columns image by Georgios Alexandris from

Seating Area

If you already have a support column, like a pole, in the family room, consider boxing it in and building seats around it. Add a square case for the column; add seating around the solid casing. Consider a small, wraparound sofa or chairs with their backs against the encased column. Or, to create a tabletop area, add a narrow table top around the column so that family room guests can have a snack and rest their drink classes on the countertop.


Consider building a bookcase straight into the column. Add shelves to a boxy column or, if it's a pole or narrow solid beam, add bulk by encasing the column with more wood. Think about the number of books you have: you can make two sides of the column into bookshelves and two sides into mirrors, or make all sides into shelves like a narrow library. If you only want to fill one side with books, add artwork or hanging plants to the other sides of the column to add decorating and flourish to the room's centre.

Add books to a bare column.
Add books to a bare column. (bundle of books image by DLeonis from

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