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The art of the free-standing pillar

When I first heard of bringing tall columns into our homes, my thought was, “why”? I’d only ever noticed them popping up in Roman courtyards on film, or mossy pillars standing proud within various flower show gardens.

Now that I’ve seen more of them within the home, I’ve changed my mind about them looking their best in an outdoor setting. There’s no rule for where they should be placed. Here are some of my favourite uses around the home.

In a doorway


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Here, the two pillars either side of the doorway frame the space and make that transition from living room to kitchen appear seamless. Thanks to their white coating, there’s nothing odd about their placement inside this more contemporary home.

On a kitchen counter


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I bet you didn’t expect this to work! By stretching the entire length from the counter-top to the ceiling, this pillar adds architectural detail to the space and draws your attention to the impressive ceiling height. It works because it matches the Scullery cabinet style. It just goes to show that they don’t always have to come in pairs.

Next to seating


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It’s not just a pillar, it’s a wine rack too! I like how this pillar helps to section off the seating booth. The wine rack would definitely make things easier if you weren’t fussy about cooling your drinks too. Just let the host sit on the end and reach up for another bottle…

Middle of the room


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The idea of having pillars taking up the centre of a room might seem strange but these are needed for the extra ceiling support. They work visually because they fall in line with the rest of the basement’s styling. Vibrant, punchy colours set off the built in storage, while the door and staircase posts match the same pure white shade as the pillars. The surroundings always have to be taken into account and this home gets its right. It wouldn’t make sense to build brick pillars within a space like this, for example. They would be far better suited to an English-Tudor style home.

On a partition wall


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This pillar is mounted on top of a surface, just like with the kitchen counter-top placement. The end result here though isn’t just one of added height and architectural detail. The idea was to make that divide between the living spaces, just as with the first set of doorway pillars. The main pillar may be secured on the partition wall but there’s also a subtle pillar to the right which could almost disappear into the wall if it wasn’t for the eye-catching detailing at the top of the post.

Dividing a table


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While I feel that this pillar could benefit from a finish to match the style of the room, I applaud its innovative use. By dividing up the table, the counter and stools are separated to give each diner enough room to eat. Brilliant for a small family, not so great if you wanted to squeeze in one extra however!

By the fireplace

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This is my favourite set-up for a number of reasons. First of all, the pillars make the fireplace into a focal point and secondly, they’ve got moss balls on top of them. I’m a big fan of introducing greenery into a living space for those finishing touches and the cut-out detailing to the pillars opens up the space and ensures that they don’t seem to make a small room smaller. They make a nice change to the white pillar and give this room an upmarket air that’s worthy of a home magazine spread.

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