In recent years there has been an increased interest in classical architecture
and ornament among architects, designers and sophisticated clientele. Classical
assisting designers in highlighting interior architecture, defining harmony of overall living space. Using
architectural products like moldings, designer can divide monotone flat walls into separate section, stating classical proportional clarity
and definition of the space. Simultaneous us of different decorative architectural products like columns, pilasters, niches, ceiling domes
and medallions provide decorator of today's interiors beautiful opportunity of reinventing
the grand architecture of the past,
bringing the soul and sophistication of classical architecture.
Just as important as the tailoring of a man's jacket is the art of dignifying a
room with architectural products, including cornice and crown molding,
chair rail molding,
ceiling medallions, as well as
panel molding and other
architectural ornamentation on
cabinets and doors. Enrich both residential and commercial
interiors by combining these exquisitely detailed moldings with other architectural embellishments such us
Transformative architectural embellishments offer a simple way to
transform a ho-hum room into a finely decorated masterpiece. These details help
to create an interior environment in which people truly enjoy spending time
It's so easy to focus on the big picture items when thinking about decorating your home. Of course, the larger items are important in contributing to the look and feel of your home's interior, but too often the smaller embellishments are forgotten, and the opportunity to create an interior that truly sings is missed.
architectural details aren't complicated or pricey; instead, they are the simple touches that manage to provide the finishing elements that effectively tie a room together. Without these embellishments, a room can still look fine, but it almost seems as if it's a bit bland or that something is missing. Including small exuberant details such as panel moldings, stair brackets, or a strategically-placed wall niche can go a long way toward adding style and panache.
Take panel moldings, for example. These simple pieces frame a wall, a window, or another detail on a wall, and they can range from simple beveled designs to more ornate scrolled pieces. A panel molding embellishment can be easily placed and painted either to match the existing wall color or in a complimentary color for added emphasis. The resultant flair provides a sense of elegance and closure to any room's decorating style.
For homes with a staircase, the easy addition of
stair brackets dresses up the stair treads with a minimum of effort. These graceful embellishments, which come in right- or left-facing designs, help to define the staircase and draw the eye in an unobtrusive yet charming way.
Wall niches provide one of the most versatile methods in which to dress up a room or hallway. Once used to showcase works of art, a wall niche now has a myriad of uses in a home and provides interest and depth. Indeed, a wall niche can also add functionality in addition to artistic interest; consider adding a simple niche in an entryway as the perfect place for keys and the mail. A niche can blend in with the existing walls or can be painted in rich colors or patterns in order to serve as the artistic focal point for a room or a hallway.
Whatever the architectural details you choose to embellish your home, the finished product will offer a transformative impact and provide a feeling of
warmth and completeness.
Architectural Products History
Architectural products, deep relief ornamental decor has an very ancient history.
Architectural ornaments, moldings, ceiling medallions and other architectural
products were invented in ancient Greece and Rome. Designs of ancient
architectural products contained repetitive stylized floral and leaves motifs -
garlands and leaves of laurel, eucalyptus, acanthus, palm, and
grape vines... Joyful embroidery like leaves of western plants and bold flowers,
carved in marble or molded in gypsum with deep relief design are
impressive and picturesque shadows giving a majestic effect.
By the way, before architectural products with floral motif there was strict
geometric architectural ornaments. Geometric ornamentation highlights the
harmony and clarity of logical architectural shapes, intensifying uniqueness
of an interior. In general, strict, geometric ornamentation leads to grander
space presentation through highlight of existing architecture, while the
goal of figured architectural ornamentation is to bring visual delight and
emotional life of interior. The ancient cities of the Far East gravitated
toward multi-meaningful splendid architectural ornamentation. Architectural
decor was filed with intricate and tightly connected delicate details,
resembled of abundance subtopic nature forms - twisted stems, leaves, flowers
and sprouts. Most famous architectural ornamentation motives are stylized
sea waves, shells, fish, dolphins, friezes with garlands, horns-of-plenty,
medallions, cones, and flower buds. Each architectural motif carried a specific
meaning. Fruits and flowers, for example, symbolized fertileness, palm and laurel
leaves are symbols of glory, words and snakes - symbols of wisdom etc.
Impulse, given to decorative architectural details
by the Ancient World, weaved into all history of architectural embellishments with further
variations - classicism, renaissance, baroque, rococo, empire are always giving to
interiors the gift of balance, harmony, and festivity. And only
modern style drastically changed stylistic of architectural embellishments, bringing
elegant and capricious dynamics, extravagant asymmetry.
architectural ornament - the spiral scroll
One of the most naturally interesting and dynamic shapes used in architecture is the spiral. It has been studied in many ways for a long time. It is more than just a quintessential design form and an important symbol, it is also a keystone shape in the sciences and the world of mathematics. Many formulas came out from the existence of the spiral and eventually lead to the understanding and discovery of the
double helix in the DNA. Where did this amazing spiral phenomenon originate from?...
architectural details: the small touches that make all the difference
To complete the decor of a room, don't neglect the finishing details like moldings, ceiling medallions, and ceiling domes. While a small part of the decorating budget, these architectural embellishments can offer the biggest visual impact and unify the room's
overall design... continue reading >>
using architectural embellishments to add character and style
Interesting architectural details such as corbels and brackets, pilasters, and molding trim add character and pizzazz to your home. After all, shouldn't your home offer an inviting and stylish respite from the outside world and, in addition,
be a reflection of who you are?... continue reading >>
adding unexpected elegance to walls with ceiling medallions
If you’re considering a change in the look of the walls in a room, you may think about the more common or traditional elements of design. Wall decorations, including pictures, decorative shelving and other elements, are excellent additions to your decor. On the other hand, the implementation of design elements that are completely unexpected can transform a room into an eye-popping exhibit. If you have the desire to go down the road less traveled,
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MANY HOMEOWNERS PLAGUED BY "NAKED INTERIOR SYNDROME"
InvitingHome.com offers antidote: Dress up your home with architectural details. The design professionals at InvitingHome.com have a suggestion for today's homeowner: "Close your eyes, and visualize the interior of your home in its present state. Now, imagine your home stripped of your possessions, with no furniture, nothing on the walls, no window treatments...visualize your home stark naked. What do you see? What does the space convey to you, how does it make you feel?"..
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architectural details as the home's layers
If architectural details can be thought of as the layers making up a home's
image, then columns and pilasters can be thought of as the home's version of a power suit. These impressive architectural details are not for the fainthearted, as they can hardly be thought of as creating a subtle impact. Traditionally associated with the power of ancient Greece and Rome, today, more often than not, columns are readily spotted outside of government
buildings and grand, stately homes...read on architectural details >>
We are sure that like us, you have noticed the move toward more
environmentally friendly products. People have been more conscious of their
health as well as the health of the planet in the long run. We are
participating in the revolutionary move because we care for the safety and
health of our customers. We have the information for the risks and the
negative effects that many of the agents that are present in some of the
products that are offered by other companies. All of our moldings are PVC, CFC
and Formaldehyde free. CFCs are Chlorofluorocarbons (a synthetic chemical) –
they were used widely in all the industries since being first made in 1892. The
chemicals affect the ozone layer in a very negative way...
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the three types of Art Deco architecture
Art Deco architecture consists of three main types: zigzag, classic moderne and streamline modern. The first type to appear in America was zigzag (or stepping) and it is best understood when looking at the skyscrapers of the 1920’s. Zigzag is used in Art Deco architecture to make qualities of height more pronounced, and is an obvious choice for towering structures. The typical shape of the skyscraper is that of a wide base, that as the building grows taller, narrows gradually into a
stepped form until the tower extends into the sky at a consistent narrow width....
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Art Deco architecture
Art Deco’s most enduring legacy is undoubtedly in the American architecture erected when the Art Deco movement was in its prime, spanning 1922-1939. Architecture, as an art form, brings an aesthetic value to the public; since the majorities of erected buildings were public ones, such as skyscrapers, courthouse, schools, theatres and the like, Art Deco architecture served its purpose well. Even today, Art Deco architecture is prominently visible form throughout the American landscape, with many original structures still in existence and registered as historical landmarks. These
buildings are the fingerprint of the Art Deco movement....
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adding definition to exterior or interior of your home with quality pilasters
Most commonly pilasters appear on the
fireplace mantels, used as a door and window surrounds, or trim for built-in
cabinets and library systems. In other exterior applications pilasters form the
vertical support in archways or tie into a ceiling cornice. Pilasters have a
numerous deign benefits. Strong vertical lines of the pilasters adding stately
look to the interior as well making the room appear higher. Projecting face and
structural appearance of the pilasters add extra layer of architectural details
to the room. All and all pilasters are a highly visible embellishment with large
visual impact yet takes up very little space. This qualities make pilasters
ideal for adding a definition to the space, highlighting doors and windows
openings. Pilasters can also divide space along a continuous wall pane... read more about
enliven your home with architectural details
Any room can go from just another room to a stunningly beautiful showplace room just by the smart and creative use of interesting architectural details. Special additions like
wood carvings and
placed so they create a unique custom built-in cabinet look or a fireplace surround look all add that extra "wow" element. One of the best places to use these interesting architectural accents is
surrounding a beautiful fireplace...read on how to enliven your home with architectural details
capitals as a historical architectural elements
Emotions such as "come in" or "I am jubilant" were expressed with the animals
and plants that adorned the capitals sitting atop of the columns. Columns
adorned with capitals became visual
“words” in the Greek culture, certain columns and capitals fit certain building
sizes, shapes, and look. Capitals revamped the Greek architectural language. It
is so easy to bring home the feel the past decades, easily adding elaboration to
your entrance way or a grand room...read more about
capitals as a historical architectural elements