Classic panel molding above
Keep things simple in your approach to decorating your
house for a traditional atmosphere that is both sincere and attractive. When
you select molding for your
wall decor ask yourself a few basic questions. Will these moldings add to the joy of living? Are they well crafted? Is the material good quality? Can I envision this molding living with me for a lifetime? Do these moldings have a timeless charm, a classic shape and form? Be wary of current decorating trends that encourage you to buy molding or make changes that are not truly you and that you'll tire of within months. Also keep in mind that you can respect the
authenticity and integrity of a culture's art while recognizing that it does not fit your aesthetic. For example, if you appreciate the artistry and precision of modern architecture, but would rather not live with it around the clock, you should continue to admire it in books and at museums. If something isn't you, don't bring it into
It is necessary to remember that the question of how traditional wall decor can be justified is not merely a contemporary problem but one which all historical periods have had to address. This question of traditional as an awareness of the contingency of one's own period has been with us from the earliest times. Indeed this dialogue between new and old, often expressed as a desire to break with one's immediate past, always arises when a new claim is made against the tradition that has been guiding our everyday lives.