If you're looking to add character, architectural detailing is just the place to start. Whether you're reviving an older home or want to give a newly constructed house a timeless flair, molding can work wonders. In this living room, a white surround features columns with recessed panels as well as decorative star molding pieces along the top. The custom look pairs nicely with the room's wainscoting.
For more ideas, see Ways with Wainscoting and Paneling.