New Classical Ceilings
Ceilings are the most ignored surface in interior decoration. As discussed in Classical Interiors Historical and Contemporary, Elizabeth Dowling elaborates on the aesthetic of simplicity that developed with the focus on machines and technology which inspired a design style without classical elements. “The contrast of simplicity, for many, offers less fascination than the delights of complexity.” Her book’s goal “is the coverage of the other face of the present: the spirited pursuit of beauty …”. I just love that goal. So enjoy this post on the spirited pursuit of beautiful ceilings using ornamentation, coffers, millwork, tracey designs, medallions, and painting along with resources.
Beauty, Ornament and Classical Ceilings
Leon Battista Alberti distinguished between beauty and ornament, beauty being “The intellectual and primary framework–the essential idea–while ornament is the phenomenon–the individual expression and embellishment of this frame.” Beliefs of this kind prevailed until the birth of modernism in the twentieth century. According to Ms. Dowling; “Adolf Loos published his influential rant, “Ornament and Crime” in 1908 believing that “Ornament is wasted labour and hence is wasted health,” He claimed that because it is “no longer a natural product of our civilisation, it accordingly represents backwardness or degeneration.” But he was confident that “we have conquered ornament, we have won through to lack of ornamentation,” so that “no-one can create ornament now who lives on our level of culture.” He came to the extraordinary conclusion that “lack of ornament is a sign of spiritual strength.”
Fabulous ornament. A crime?
I used this image as an example of the classical language of detail and it is worth showing it again to focus on the beautiful classical ceiling design. The large center ornament is the perfect proportion for the chandelier and the double frame and four corners balance the design beautifully with the heavy crown.
Great example of a classical ceiling design. The fabulous ceiling and floor make this space complex.
A painted classical ceiling design accelerates the beauty and impact of the ceiling in the room.
This gorgeous room really needs decorative grilles to camouflage the radiators. I know the perfect grilles for this room.
Here are some examples of Beaux-Arts hand painted ornamentation for classical ceiling designs.
Shell Ceiling Medallion in a Custom Finish. This medallion comes in 5 sections. Which is very helpful for the installation. It measures 87″ x 35″ $1,095. The dimensions of this medallion may be all you need for a spectacular ceiling.
Louis XIV Ceiling Medallion in Stone Gold Finish 32″ x 38-1/2″ $585.
Louis XIV Side Ornamnent 34″ x 14-1/2″ $445
Louis XIV Ceiling Corner Ornament 20″ x 20″ $370
How degenerate would we be to add gemstone cabochons to strategic locations to conceal installation screws and just because it looks great.
14MM Natural Mother-of-Pearl cabochons are $10 for a package of 2.
This is magnificent. The louvered industrial grille should be replaced though with a Louis XIV style decorative grille from Beaux-Arts.
Beautiful Ceiling design. White River provides a wide range of millwork design services (preliminary sketches, CAD elevations, sections and plans, and construction details) for residential and commercial projects, ranging from a detailed mantel to an entire room to a whole millwork package. They will work with you, your architect, or your builder from initial concepts and build-ups to whole house millwork designs and estimating. $75 per hour.
Stunning Coffered Ceiling Designs
Decorators Supply offers 4 different Gothic inspired tracery patterns.