Columns have added a timeless elegance to building for eons. Whether holding up ancient Greek and Roman temples, state buildings, or simply your dream home, columns are a significant addition to a space’s decor.

Given how easily they stand out, there are commonly asked questions in the quest to getting the ideal interior column.

1.   How can you tell that a column is load bearing?

A load bearing column supports the upper section of a house and is built into the home’s foundation. It cannot be removed from the space as that would affect the safety and structure of the home.

Often when we move to a new home, we are excited to remodel it to suit our individual taste. So how can we first verify that an interior or exterior column is load-bearing before knocking it down?

     Check the building plan

If possible, check out the original house plan for the columns that are marked as structural compared to ornamental columns.  A decorative column may not be included in the blueprint because it does not support any weight and may have actually been added later.

     Check for any visible seams

Look out for seams that run lengthwise on opposite sides of the column shaft. Sometimes, decorative half columns will be used to cover a structural column. Even in this case, the beams will still be visible after the two halves have come together.

     Consider the column’s material

The material composition of a column will speak a lot to its load-bearing capacity. Fiberglass, hardwood, and stone are some materials used to make structural columns. Lighter materials such as PVC and architectural polyurethane generally are not capable of constructional support and will therefore be decorative.

     Consult an expert

This will perhaps be the easiest and most conclusive alternative especially if you were not able to access the house blueprints and are having trouble finding the seams or the column material.

2.   What are adorning columns made of?

Decorative columns will be made from materials such as PVC, polyethylene or dense polyurethane. These materials are favored because they are resistant to extreme weather conditions and temperatures.

Dreamwall Decor interior columns are made from polyurethane that is moisture-resistant and does not accommodate the growth of mold or mildew. It does not warp or crack easily and will remain intact for a good, long while. The columns will be insect-repellent and will be easy to manage, further enhancing their durability.

3.   What shapes do columns come in?

Our interior columns come in round, half and flat designs. Besides these, columns have transitioned from the traditional round shape to include squared or rectangular columns. These squared columns are fast gaining popularity because they offer a more diverse detail and a unique touch to the space.

4.   Are faux columns easy to install?

Dreamwall Decor’s columns are designed to be simple even for a DIY’er to install using simple tools. Armed with a good saw, drill and screws, putting up the columns will be an easy task requiring minimal assistance.

If you are not confident to install the columns by yourself, a handyman or carpenter will do it for you without much difficulty.

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5.   How long do decorative columns last?

Any item is as good as how it is made and how well it is managed. It is an automatic assumption that load bearing columns will endure the test of time because they are made from sturdy material such as stone or wood that is naturally resistant to wear.

Can we say the same of decorative columns? All of our interior columns are designed to be long-lasting and to retain their quality throughout that time. They are resistant to warping, cracking, rotting, and insect damage. That they are moisture-resistant means that will be durable even when installed in places with high humidity such as the house exterior.

6.   Where can ornamental columns be installed?

Decorative columns are versatile and will rest magnificently both in the interior and exterior of the home. They will offer an elegant transition between open spaces such as the living room and dining section. They will also frame the front porch or the driveway.

There are countless ways to dress the columns up to suit the rest of the decor. Consider thin wood or brick layering for that outdoor feel. Give the columns a more functional purpose by making them the surface for works of art or photographs. Additionally, consider using them as a support for shelves or wine cabinets.


Interior columns are a great addition to any home. As with all other decor elements, they ought to be well thought out and well-placed.  Are there more questions you have in mind for interior and exterior columns? We would love to hear from you.

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