Add style & texture with custom millwork accents!

But what is millwork?

Custom millwork accents are woodwork that adds to the style or functionality of a room depending on the design. From wood beams and crown molding to shiplap and built-ins. Generally speaking, any type of woodwork that is trimmed or cut in a sawmill from raw lumber – falls under the term “millwork”.

Here are some of the best places to add these accents to your home, according to design experts!
Ceiling Details

Ceiling features can be some of the most unexpected and impactful elements of a design, and are a great place to add in custom millwork accents! There are a lot of different places to inspire your design, there are many different styles of paneling, coffered ceilings, and so much more!

Custom millwork accents - coffered ceiling in white - Latham

Wood beams are one of the classics when it comes to custom millwork accents. Whether you are sourcing wood from a 100-year-old bard, reusing railroad materials, creating a “faux” beam, or looking for something new and modern. There are many ways to incorporate wood beams into your space – read more here on different types of ceiling beam accents!


Shiplap is a great custom millwork accent that has the ability to blend well with a large variety of styles and looks. From classic, even, crisp, white boards to mismatched widths, or even painting your shiplap a moody color, the customizations are nearly endless. Whether you go with the traditional 5-6 inch board or decide to add your own creative twist, the design options are versatile.

Wood Paneling & Feature Walls

Wood paneling is a great way to add character to a space, and it can range from cozy to sophisticated depending on the application and finish. It’s a great way to break up a large stretch of wall or feature a specific space.

  • Wood paneling can range from clean recessed panels with a transitional smooth feel or can become more traditional or formal with more decorative molding or raised panels.
  • Wainscoting tends to feel more traditional or formal but can lean more modern with flat panels and a pop of color
  • Feature walls usually have more of an artistic pattern, such as raised shapes or designs, instead of decorated panels.

Use creative color for a more custom look with these design tips!

While millwork was traditionally painted to hide the poor quality of wood and provide a stronger finish or colonial homes – these days adding a splash of color to your millwork is an easy way to change the whole tone of a room! Designers recommend a few ways to use color to your advantage when adding custom millwork accents to your home

  • Coordinate with your wall colors for a softer look by using something a few shades darker for paneling.
  • Accent architectural features with a pop of color to draw attention to arches, vaulted ceilings, built-ins, and more!
  • Moody jewel tones can add a more modern look to your custom millwork accents, especially in rooms with plenty of natural light.
Custom cabinet designs by Latham

Any home project can start to feel overwhelming, whether its a new garage addition with built-in storage, or new custom cabinets for your kitchen. But at Latham we are here with you every step of the way! From start to finish our team will walk you through the design, build, and installation processes until project completion.


Whether you are just trying to figure out the details or already have a design in mind, our team is ready to engineer and custom build any millwork, cabinet, or staircase project for your home!