The frieze is a really old idea — as old as the Parthenon, the original source. Today it can be used on embellished walls as a band of pattern that creates a deep border for the top of a wall just below the ceiling. If a room has crown molding, the frieze sits just below that. It’s a stunning effect in the right room and one that can visually raise the height of the ceiling.
While the idea of a frieze could be considered historical or architectural – which, technically, it is – it can be combined with paint. The contemporary La Forêt frieze [top] from the luxe French design house Emery et Cie, comes in 33-1/2 x 41-1/2-inch wallpaper panels (about $130 each) with a wall painted in a compatible color below. It’s a stunning effect and completely modern – something similar could be produced with stencils.
More stately and abstract, the ochre hand-painted frieze was used to create another layer of richness in a historically significant London house with elaborate original plaster moldings and ceilings. Designer Robert Couturier brought in artist Paulin Paris from California to create the embellished walls. Elegant!
As it happens, the Black and White Smallbone Kitchen featured several years ago is in the same London house.
(Source: House & Garden)
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