Californians have accepted and grown to love the ranch style. But it can be more than that. There are ways to make your rancher special. First of all, be realistic. Your home is never going to be an Italian villa or an English tudor. You have to be true to the bones of the house. That doesn’t mean you have to be boring.  Beef up the base and crown mouldings to 6 or 8 inches from the 3 inch standard builder issue. Add trim around doorways, windows, even cased openings between rooms.

Use colors and tones that evoke a rich and warm palette. Give the rooms an identity by texturing the walls with striated patterns or glazing. Replace carpet with hardwood, rough stone or slate, even breaking up the standard living/dining room area with a curved hard surface walkway.

When it comes to furnishings, use a few large pieces that make the rooms look bigger and more important. Off white sofas with industrial chic is a hip look right now. Throw in an antique chair covered in rich velvet and you’ll end up with a room that looks sophisticated, modern and very architectural!

Embrace the mid-century aura of your home and be proud of what it represents!