Oct 302014

I love to blog about how fashion and interior design parallel each other and predict trends in our life styles.    So I was really excited with the below excerpt from Point of View in the November 2014 issue of Vogue.

“What’s your FANCY?

Fashion continues its maximalist trend this month, with embellishments everywhere, silhouettes that are the reverse of skimpy, and a general sense of JOY AND PLENTY in the details.  The equation is really pretty simple:  Instead of narrow, GO WIDE.  Instead of plain, GO FANCY.  Instead of less, GO MORE.

The daytime mood is expressed with a certain CASUAL INSOUCIANCE.  Think fringe, folk embroidery, ruffles or poet sleeves, stripes like licorice candies, a FISTFULL OF RINGS, and a wristful of bangles…….””After dark, the embellishments turn richer and MORE OPULENT:  burnished gold beading, warm gold sequins…in a word, GOLD.

There is, admittedly, a DOLLOP OF HEDONISM in all this lavishness, all this decoration.  Don’t fight it–embrace it like an unexpected (but frankly, well-deserved) compliment.”

Classical Addiction Version for the Interior Design Point of View

Go Maximalist with embellishments everywhere………

ornamentation painted

grand living space with ornamentation

Or targeted Embellishments like this fabulous niche.  Notice the industrial heating and air conditioning grilles.  Beaux-Artes Louis XIV grille would be a handsome replacement .

niche embellished

Target the Entrances with grand ornamentation.

Door Header with ornamentation

Love this plaster piece from Decorators Supply to transform a door header 54-3/4″ x 12″ x 1-7/8″

Decorators Supply Louis XVI Plaster Ornament


Joy and Plenty in the details

fabulous walls and ceiling

door ornamentation

door hardware

door lever

Beaux-Artes Empire escutcheon

empire escutcheon

The master of  Joy in the Details, Howard Slatkin’s NY apartment see blog all about him.

Howard Slatkin dining room




Go Fancy

sitting alcove

Gorgeous headboard and damask wall

Embellish Architectural features

embellished architectural feature


Go More


painted ceiling

painted ceiling

custom closets

Think fringe, embroidery, ruffles

window treatment with fringe

chair fringe


sofa with fringe


beaded tassel

gold and window details

bedding with ruffles

aqua chandelier and window treatment


embroidered illows

embroidered fabric

great window fabric


gold color palette

gold mosaic

Gold Mother of Pearl

gold shell

Kelly Wearstler Closet various metallic leaf.


Kelley Wearstler gold dressing roomBeaux-Artes Arabesque Panels on Gold Leaf










 October 30, 2014  Posted by at 4:31 pm Ceilings, Interior Design, It's A Classic, Wall Treatments, Windows No Responses »
Oct 072014

Lots of choices when deciding what to do with your windows.  If you are not constrained by a need for privacy, making it beautiful is at the top of my list with dressing the window itself and the space around the window.  Here are some great examples of dressing windows using cornices, valances, swags.upholstered cornice

I love this design featuring a place for some outrageously gorgeous tassels.

drawing cornice side panels

This is a great combination with the shades, drapery and trim.


tie backs

Not sure about two different patterns on the drapery panels.  The cornice and fringe is fabulous.


Well if you can have this who needs fabric?



Or this….




original (2)

This fabric is gorgeous.  Shiny and billowy.



window seat

Sea Island Georgia_David Guilmet Design


53d8ea8369e59a0bd91e7a7f2b56eab1 drapery treatments

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 October 7, 2014  Posted by at 1:57 pm Interior Design, Windows No Responses »
Sep 222014

Rizzoli has just published a new book  Americans in Paris on the Ecole des Beaux Arts which was responsible for the beautiful architecture of our young country that we refer to as the Gilded Age .   This book presents a comprehensive overview of the seminal early work of a century of American architects who studied at the famous school before going on to design and build many of the nation’s most important buildings and monuments.

Book cover

“The first American to be accepted to the École, in 1846, Richard Morris Hunt (the brain behind the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal and the fabled Breakers estate in Newport, Rhode Island) led a line of students that included Guy Lowell (architect of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts), Julia Morgan (the school’s first woman and the designer of Hearst Castle), Charles McKim (of legendary firm McKim, Mead & White, whose creations include New York’s original Penn Station and the Morgan Library), and John Russell Pope (best known for the Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives in Washington).”

George Howe Post Office rendering

Here are some of those important buildings along with a collection of mansions from the Gilded Age.

The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

The Breakers Exterior

The Breakers interior

breakers interior

The Breakers Dining Room

Boston Museum of Fine Art

Boston Museum of Fine Art exterior

Boston Museum of Fine Art interior

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Museum of Fine Art interior gallery

Hearst Castle

HEarst Castle

Hearst Castle Entrance

Hearst Castle Tower

Hearst Castle

An iconic pool.

Hearst Castle Pool

Today’s icon Lady Gaga chose the Hearst Castle indoor pool for her video location.

Lady Gaga Hearst Castle Indoor Pool

Love that we have such magnificent places combining architecture, decorative arts and sculpture.

Hearst Castle Roman Indoor Pool

Hearst Castle Great Room

Morgan Library

Morgan Library Rencering

Morgan Library Exterior

Great sculpture.

Morgan Library Lions

Morgan Library

Morgan Library

Morgan Library Ceiling

Morgan Library Ceiling

Morgan Library


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 September 22, 2014  Posted by at 5:41 pm Architecture, Art, Artisan and Craftsman, Interior Design No Responses »
Sep 162014

I just love this look.  Classical wall panels with comfortable upholstered headboard and furnishings.  The walls need nothing else.  They look elegant , have artistry and establish symmetry.  The wall panels are available from Decorators Supply.

decorators supply wall panels

The panel center ornamentation #9894   24″ x 19-3/4″  $367

panel center ornamentation

Love large ornamentation that is beautifully carved as a center feature framed with  large multiple wall panels with decorative corners.

wall panels with ornamentation

Create your own panel design.  Here are some great centers from Decorators Supply and a Link to our Blog about Decorators Supply and Composition Ornament.

#27057  French Cartouche 36″ x 24″ x 3″ $301.79.  Available in Resin.

French Cartouche

#11628  8-1/4″ x 23-1/2″ $138.48.  Composition ornament.

urn #5538 Empire 28″ x 29″ x 1/2″ Relief $442.84.

empire ornament

Trend Alert  Look for lots of inspiration from fashion and design during the 1930′s, ’40s, and  ’50s; particularly the work of George Stacey.  He was a master of blending the old with the cutting edge.

George Stacey

Fireplace Surround

Fireplace surround

George Stacey designed for Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Babe Paley, Diana Vreeland and Frances Cheney.  Check out  Maureen Footer’s book,  George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic.

George Stacey

Ava Gardner

Diana Vreeland

Living Room by George Stacey

Babe Paley

Diana VreelandThat American Chic Style included glimmering satin banquettes; pale, painted neoclassical antiques; and bold-hued walls.  Check out today’s chic style setters using pale painted neoclassical antiques, shimmering metallics, yummy pastels and jewel tones.

satin banquettes

pastel chair

painted chest





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Pastel Pink for fashions and interiors.

pastel pink coat

panels-'wren scott paris apt vogue may 2012



19. lighten up

1930s Bed Design



Another great book; Veranda A Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration.

A Passion For Living Houses of Style and Inspiration

Blush handbags

Kate Spade

kate spade blush handbag

















 September 16, 2014  Posted by at 5:13 pm Inspirations and How To Get The Look, Interior Design 1 Response »
Sep 022014

My last Blog on Best Dressed Walls focused on period walls. Ever since I have had an eye out for beautiful walls created for today’s classical lifestyle.  I would love to credit this magnificent work.  If anyone knows please send it to me.

wall mural

Timothy Corrigan

Tented room with colorful fabric

classical library designed by timothy corrigan

Classical walls have so many possibilities.  Using molding to create a grid, panels and symmetrical designs are the beginning of turning the modern intrusion,  drywall, into beautiful walls.  

Mr. Corrigan used mirrors with a lovely patina, great moulding in this elegant hallway.

patina mirror paneled hallway

This is so special.

fretwork panels

Vintage Best Dressed Walls – Villa Perosa, The Chinese Gallery, Architectural Digest September 2014

Chinese Gallery - Villar Perosa

Majolica Plaques ornament the walls of the Dining Room in the Villar Perosa Estate

majolica plaques ornament dining room walls

painted panels

coffered effect on the walls

Plain drywall with a lovely collection of framed images.  I would go further and add panels which I would then organize the collection in.

drywall with framed prints

panels with artwork

wall grid with panel moulding


Alidad Embossed leather





Venice Luxury Hotel, Gritti Palace

Gritti Palace Panels

Gritti Palace Panels

gritti palace paneled guest room

Love the color palette.

Gritti Palace wall panels

The Gritti Palace used very similar styles for the panels in the guest rooms with different color palettes.

Gritti Palace

wall panels and mirror

wall panels with lovely faux finish

blue and white porcelain







Aug 192014

This month’s issue of  Traditional Home focuses on the influence fashion has on how we decorate our homes.  According to Ann Omvig Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home, “The fabrics, the textures, the colors, the patterns and the intriguing detailing spotted on Fashion Week’s runways have a way of popping up in the home. ”  Fashion design and home design have a symbiotic relationship, each looking to the other for creative inspiration.  Here are some of my observations from Fashion Week Spring and Fall 2014 and interior designs.

Dolce Gabbana

Dolce Gabbana Mosaic inspiration fabric

Dolce Gabbana mosaic fabric fashions

Dolce Gabbana mosaic inspired fabric fashions


Ravenna Mosaic


gold mosaic tile

gold mosaic

gold mosaic



rome mosaic gold cupola



fashion week marco outfit



mosaic shoe-tub



mosaic tile-tub


fireplace sitting area




Oscar de la renta





library of congressLibrary of Congress-14






Martyn Bullard


valentino fashions











living room-













 August 19, 2014  Posted by at 3:17 pm Interior Design 1 Response »
Aug 142014

Richard Hampton Jenrette  a self-proclaimed “house-aholic”, established the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (CAHPT) and Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation in 1994.  Mr. Jenrette has spent the last forty five years acquiring and restoring homes.  Some were sold and given away but he kept 6 of the finest.   This not-for-profit organization will eventually own, maintain and manage sharing the homes with the public. In additon to the restoration the next logical step was the collecting of period antiques to furnish the houses. Today, Mr. Jenrette owns hundreds of antiques, almost entirely American and many original to the houses.

map of the locations of the jenrette houses

1.  Ayr Mount

Ayr Mount- Exterior

“Ayr Mount is a Federal-era plantation house built in 1815 in Hillsborough, North Carolina by William Kirkland.   Kirkland, named the house in honor of his birthplace, Ayr, Scotland. Unlike the other houses in the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust collection, Ayr Mount looks deceptively simple, even austere on the outside. There are no soaring columns proclaiming its classicism. On the other hand, Ayr Mount is far grander – especially in the interior – than one might expect from a first look at the exterior. The ceiling height of 14 feet is unusual for this period as is the elaborate Federal period woodwork and plasterwork found throughout the house. Ayr Mount also was the first major residence built of brick in this area of predominantly colonial era wood frame houses. At the time of its construction at the end of the War of 1812, Ayr Mount was considered one of the finest residential structures in Piedmont, North Carolina. 

Ayr Mount - interior

Ayr Mount interior dining room

This home is currently open to the public.  Information for visiting the home and its beautiful grounds are here.  The preservation of the land surrounding Ayr Mount is an important part of Mr. Jenrette’s mission.   Ayr Mount was originally a 503-acre plantation, but today the house is surrounded by approximately 60 remaining acres of gardens, woodlands, pastures, and serene riverside lookouts. These grounds, plus the trails opposite it across the Eno River, total to over 287 acres.  There are three distinct trails that are privately maintained without governmental funding by Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.  Enjoy year round.

Gate to Ayr Mount

Ayr Mount landscape

Video on Poets Walk.  Publication available on this house,  The Kirklands of Ayr Mount chronicles the rise and fall of Kirkland’s fortunes and his descendants’ efforts to retain the family mansion for 150 years after Kirkland’s death. The book also provides a detailed picture of the small but historically important town of Hillsborough.

2.  Millford Plantation

“Millford Plantation, built in 1839-41, is considered by many to be the finest example of Greek Revival residential architecture in America. The grandeur of the house, located in such a remote section of rural South Carolina, seems to come as a surprise to first-time visitors, who must drive over miles of dirt roads and through moss-draped forests to reach the house. Suddenly the house appears out of nowhere, in all its classical glory – six massive fluted Corinthian columns, 16-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a domed rotunda enclosing a spectacular circular staircase – all the features to impress that are inherent in Greek Revival architecture. Surrounded by live oaks, magnolias and green lawns, Millford seems as though it might be part of a dream.”

Millford Plantation exterior

Millford Plantation interior

How did Millford survive the Civil War? It was a miracle. On what turned out to be the final day of the War before Lee’s surrender, Northern troops, under the command of Brig. General Edward Elmer Potter, arrived at Millford. Gov. Manning met the Yankee General at the front door and observed: “Well, the house was built by a Potter (Nathaniel Potter, the architect) and it looks as though it will be destroyed by a Potter.” General Potter responded: “No, you are protected. Nathaniel Potter was my brother.”

Millford plantation staircase

Although their fortune was destroyed by the Civil War, the Mannings managed to hold on to Millford until 1902 when it was sold to Mary Clark Thompson of New York, who later bequeathed it to her two Clark nephews. The Clarks owned and loved Millford for the next 90 years, enjoying it as a winter residence with ample opportunities for hunting and fishing. The Clarks sold the mansion and 400 acres to Richard Hampton Jenrette in 1992, but they still retain several thousand acres of timberland in the vicinity.  Visit Information.

Millford Plantation - gardens

3.  Roper House

Roper House, was built in 1838 on the recently completed High Battery with a commanding view of the Charleston, South Carolina harbor.  The house is an outstanding example of early 19th Century Greek Revival architecture in a city better known for its 18th Century Georgian-style architecture. Roper House is built on a monumental scale, with massive, two-story-high Ionic columns raised above a first floor, arched loggia pedestal base. Ceiling heights are 18 feet on the piano nobile, with tall windows extending to the floor. The piazza, opening off the double parlors, has the finest view in Charleston.

Roper House exterior

 It is said that Mr. Roper intended his showcase home to be the first residence seen by visitors approaching Charleston from the sea.

Roper House water view

The architect of this imposing house is undocumented, but some architectural historians have attributed its design to Karl Friedrich Reichert, a highly regarded German who was working in Charleston at the time on the new Charleston Hotel.

roper house-interior

roper house furnishing


Richard H. Jenrette’s new book about the Roper House is now available for orderColumns by the Sea: The Roper House takes a closer look at this National Landmark and National Registered Historic Place with full-page images of the house and its collection.

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 August 14, 2014  Posted by at 2:55 pm Architecture, Interior Design, It's A Classic No Responses »
Aug 012014

Grilles  the beautiful decorative solution to filling spaces such as holes, for heating and air conditioning, speakers, gates, railings, security protection, privacy and separation and decoration.  When form and function combine a decorative grille is a thing of beauty.  Please visit us on Pinterest to see our entire collection of magnificent decorative grilles, investment castings and iron work.

Petit Palais, Paris

The Petit Palais was built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition.   It became a museum in 1902. Designed by Charles Girault, it is based on a trapezium shape and is made up of four wings around a semi-circular garden bordered by a richly decorated peristyle. The architect achieved a successful blend of traditional and modern architecture which is evident in the natural flow of visitors around the building and in the bold openings he created onto the Champs-Elysées gardens and inner courtyard garden.  The main entrance gate, designed by Girault himself, was immediately praised for its elegance and the virtuosity of its craftsmanship. He also created the banisters for the staircases in rotundas and the garlands and swags of wrought iron decorating the peristyle and balconies.

A Bold Opening

petit palais
Petit Palais Paris

Through September 14 there is an exhibition,  Paris 1900, City show as an opportunity for the Petit Palais to honor its architect, Charles Girault (1851-1932) . The Petit Palais, is recognized as one of the architectural jewels of the Universal Exhibition.   In 2012 the Petit Palais received a significant donation from the descendants of the architect . 

petit palais exterior

petit palais exterior

There is beautiful iron work on the interior as well.

petit palais interior iron work

petit Palais stairway

Petit Palais detail iron work

petit palais stairway

stairway detail Petit Palais

Gates are so grand. If you closely examine the railings above as well as the gates below, you can see that it is a combination of wrought iron and lost wax castings. The wrought iron is welded together from iron bars

which are mostly painted black in the gate below. The finer decorative parts shown in gold leaf, was made from molds cast in the lost wax method, which produces much superior details.

pc-gates 1



gate drawing

iron banister

grille room divider

grille walls

iron work porches


National Cathedral

Grille National Cathedral

Palmer Grille

Palmer Grille

Here are some of my collection from traveling in Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana. These grilles and railings are generally made of cast iron in sand castings. They have a rough surface, due to the nature of cast iron and the grainy nature of sand which is used as a temporary mold.

iron railing

iron work railing

iron work



The top of the line when it comes to fabulous grilles is Investment Casting.   These are from Stuart’s Dream Grille file. At the top of my list is this second Empire grille (Napoleon III of France, 1863).  Eighteen of these grilles were used in Grand Central Station, New York City. They were apparently removed when air conditioning was installed in the late 1950′s.

Notice the fine details, which could only be achieved through the labor intensive lost wax method in combination with a fine casting metal like brass or bronze. The original had to be carved in wax, then it was coated in a plaster of Paris type mixture.  Next the wax is melted out of the plaster mold and bronze poured in it’s place  at a temperature of 2200 degrees.   Once the bronze cooled, the plaster mold had to be broken off with a hammer. This method makes a near perfect casting, but was expensive, even in the 1800′s.  That is why it is referred to as investment casting, because it takes a major investment to create one.

Second Empire Grille

Second Empire Grille closeup

Second Empire Grille Grand Central Station

The grille below is one of the few good Art Deco Grilles I have seen. Maybe because Art Deco came of age just before the Great Depression.   The money wasn’t as available for expensive investment casting in expensive metals. Never the less, it is a very fine grille indeed.

art deco grille

Art Deco  Grille from Marshall Fields store in Chicago

art deco marshall fields store

roman arch

For those that have radiators,  Antique Radiator Covers are an inspiration.  The three radiator cabinets below are all from England. They all have the investment casting look. The top one looks like four investment cast grilles were attached to a cabinet made from a different material.


antique radiator

Antique Brass Radiator Cabinet with a marble top.  Splendid!

brass radiator cabinet with marble top

English design radiator cabinet in polished pewter.

English Radiator Cabinet

A client sent us this picture of their radiator cabinet using our Arts and Crafts grilles.

radiator cabinet with arts and crafts decorative grille

radiator cabinet with decorative grilles

radiator cabinet with Louis XIV decorative grille

Here are some more beautiful examples of Beaux-Artes‘ grilles that we manufacture. For years we have tried to find a foundry in the USA to cast our wonderful grilles in iron, brass and bronze. Unfortunately,  the iron ones are just too grainy and cannot be sold to a high end clientele. Using Brass or Bronze in investment casts places them out of most consumers price range. Having to break apart each mold after just one use, slows down production too much for profit margins.

In order to replicate the fine details Beaux-Artes developed a stream-lined method of investment casting using a high quality and expensive thermal resin. Our method of manufacturing gives the finely detailed look that we desired, without the outrageous cost of investment cast bronze.  In may respects,  the urethane resin we use is superior to metal since it will not rust, corrode or grow mold like metal grilles do. Rather than just making one grille per mold, we produce 50 to 100 grilles per mold. Our grilles can even have a bronze, brass or pewter face since we dust our molds with metallic powders prior to pouring the resin. The resin bonds or fuses to the metallic powder to form a thin brass,  bronze or pewter surface on the front of our grilles. Times change, manufacturing improves and new materials are introduced. Today Beaux-Artes grilles are as finely detailed as the best grilles made in the lost wax method of the 1800′s.

Here are just a few of our grilles in two of our styles. Visit Beaux-Artes  to see  28 different sizes of our Louis XIV grilles and 47 different sizes of our Arts and Crafts Grille, plus 26 different size of our Venetian Rope grilles.

Louis XIV 14″ x 14″ $159

decorative grille louis xiv style

Louis XIV 18″ x 28″ grille $599

Louis XIV 18 x 48 decorative grille

Arts and Crafts 20″ x 30″ $369

decorative grille 24 x 30 arts and crafts

Arts and Crafts 6″ x 30″ $159

decorative -grille arts and crafts style 6x30






Jul 232014

Beaux-Artes offers online Wall Panel Layout and Design Services.  It is so easy with technology to take pictures of your room and send them to us along with measurements indicating placement of modern intrusions; such as heating and air conditioning, switchplates, speakers and lighting.  Here are some recent projects.

Powder Room

This client sent us pictures of the foyer, foyer hallway leading to the powder room and all the rooms off the foyer and hallway.  The powder room was under construction, so we were provided with measurements to lay out the panels and custom vanity.  She also provided us with a sample of the hallway wallpaper and the paint color for the hallway trim.

entrance foyer

hallway to kitchen

hallway to dining room


The client had selected our Georgian Architectural Wall Panels.  Her Wall Panel Layout.

wall panel layout design


In addition, we also provided her with design options for the inside of the panels.  Grisaille canvas panels were an option which she did not choose.

georgian wall panel layout

Because of the patterned wallcovering  in the hallway we recommended a custom textured faux raw silk in metallic champagne for the panels.  This gives her flexibility to add artwork inside the panels if she chooses to at some point.

textured metallic

Stone Gold Her color palette looked great with our Gold Stone Finish.   Finish samples were provided along with additional paint and glazes for her painter to use on the door trim, chair rail,  carpenter boxes and her vanity.

powder room finish samples

Installation went great following the instructions we provided for installing the canvas panels and wall panels.

powder room vanity wall

powder room vanity wall

powder room corner

powder room panels

Wall Panels for a Hallway

This client contacted us after searching for quite some time for the perfect wall treatment for a hallway between her formal dining room and kitchen.  Our  hand painted Georgian Canvas Panels shown in our Harvest Gold finish were perfect with her decor and color palette.  She provided us with pictures of the dining room and hallway with measurements.

Dining Room and connecting hallway



We also received closeups of her rug and upholstery.



There was no need to do any custom color palette for this project.  The Georgian Canvas Panel in our Harvest Gold finish was indeed perfect for her hallway.  We advised her on the dimensions for the canvas panels at no additional cost.


georgian wall panels and georgian canvas panels

georgian panels

georgian panels

georgian panels

We also customized the crystals  on our Recessed Chandelier  to match the crystals in the dining room.

recessed chandelier


Beaux-Artes on TV

Adding to our list of appearances on TV is Alpha House, a comedy featuring John Goodman.  Amazon Studios, said “Alpha House” will return for a second season, with filming set to start this summer, after it became “the most popular TV season” on Amazon Instant Video.  The set this season for the US Senate will have our Arts and Crafts 24″  x 24″ grille in Bronze.  We have been to the US Senate specifically to tour the Brumidi Corridors and our grille is a perfect choice.  

arts and crafts 24" x 24" decorative grille

Brumidi Corridors

See my Blog about  Constantino Brumidi, The Artist of the Capitol.

Brumidi Corridors

Brumidi Corridors

Alpha House sounds entertaining so I plan on checking it out.  I am interested to see what the set is.  Regardless if it is a hallway or the Senate, industrial louvered grilles would not work.  An industrial grille would definitely stand out in a classical space.

US Senate








Jul 082014

A relatively easy way to achieve the symmetry of adding wall panels is with board and batten panels.  This statement wall uses the existing wall with boards (vertical) and battens (horizontal) only which is called a flat panel design.

board and batten wall panels

Board and Batten Wall Panel Options.

board and batten wall panel options

Board and batten wall panels using a cove molding.  Any decorative molding such as an egg and dart would work well.
board and batten style wall panels

Simple 3/4″ cove was added to this board and batten wall paneling.  I also like the height of this wall panel layout rather than a wainscoting style.

board and batten wall panels

Beaded Panel Wainscoting


I love it when there is a ledge.  This double board and batten design is very nice.

board and batten wall panels

Pictures look great.

board and batten wall panels

The board and batten panels offer flexibility to size your panels to achieve the symmetry necessary for your walls.

board and batten tutorial

board and batten wall panels

board and batten wall panel design

board and batten wall panel design

Board and Batten Wainscoting


board and batten wall panel specifications

Beaux-Artes offers a perfect embellishment to standard board and batten paneling.  This historic Spanish Empire style ornament is a beautiful and easy addition to board and batten style wall panel installations.  It comes in over 20 finishes for $45.  Dimensions:  7-1/2″H x 12-1/8″W

board and batten wall panel ornament in the Spanish Empire style

It is perfect for hallways.

board and batten wainscot hallway panels with Beaux-Artes Spanish Empire ornament

board and batten wainscot panels with Beaux-Artes Spanish Empire ornament

board and batten wainscot paneling with Spanish Empire ornament

Dress up a kitchen island.

board and batten panels on kitchen counter with Beaux-Artes Spanish Empire ornament

board and batten wall panel with Beaux-Artes spanish empire ornament

Borad and Batten Wall Panel Installation Instructions

Lovely hallway wall panel layout done by Phoebe Howard.

board and batten wall panels

Most often the board and batten panels are painted white.  The white panels work well with anything;  but with a dark color the contrast can be a very nice effect providing the color while maintaining a lightness.

board and batten wall panels

This panel layout has quite a narrow batten which repeats the crib.

board and batten wall panels

board and batten wall panels

Kips Bay Show House 2014 room with a decorative molding and custom digital wallcovering on the background wall area.

board and batten wall panels

Board and Batten Panels are also great for stairways.

board and batten stairway panels

board and batten staircase wall

board and batten staircase panels

board and batten stair case panels

board and batten panels

board and batten staircase

Bathrooms with board and batten wall panels

board and batten wall panels

board and batten wall panels

board and batten wall panels

Exterior Board and Batten applications

board and batten exterior

board and batten exterior

board and batten exterior

board and batten exterior

board and batten exterior

Here we eliminated the bead board and replaced it with our Spanish Empire Panel Ornament

board and batten exterior

My inspiration for this blog was a lovely new home in North Carolina featured in Traditional Home this month.  I love the board and batten fireplace mantle and wall design.  Looks like it conceals a TV.

board and batten fireplace

board and batten wall panel design


board and batten wall panel design

They carried the board and batten paneling throughout the home.

board and batten design

Notice the kitchen cabinet door style.

board and batten cabinet doors

Board and Batten Accent Wall

board and batten wall design

board and batten wall panel design








 July 8, 2014  Posted by at 1:44 pm Architecture, Interior Design, Wall Treatments 2 Responses »