Architecture, Best Dressed Walls, Ceilings, Fireplaces, Great Products, Interior Design, Ornamentation, Wall Treatments
Architectural details are the architect’s and designer’s art. Throughout history we have adorned our homes and public buildings with decorative details. Through the language of architectural detail or ornament; style, character and personality are created. The word detail has its root in the French verb tailler, “to cut,” plus de, meaning “apart.” Details are small, secondary, or accessory parts of larger entities. In both clothing, architecture and design the pendulum of fashion swings back and forth between the lavishly ornamented and the stark and simple. That is certainly the case today. Though the timeless and enduring architectural details of classicism are never out of fashion. There is a trend toward ornamenting. Contemporary fashions and furnishings are photographed in classical spaces. Why? I think because they are beautiful and it makes whatever is in the space look beautiful.
I am very excited to share a new sponsor and a great resource for hardwood mouldings and handcarved architectural details, White River Hardwoods-Woodworks, Inc., located in Northwest Arkansas.
They have been in business since 1977 and manufacture 10 Product Collections for everything from interior millwok to accoutrements for custom cabinetry and furniture.
Great design for the bathroom mirror.
One of their collections are coffered ceilings. A strong, beautiful, and versatile design element typically found in luxury interiors throughout the world. Unfortunately, their distinctive look has always required experienced artisans to spend countless hours onsite designing, measuring, and constructing the patterns of intersecting beams and moldings one piece at a time. Over the years these outdated fabrication methods have hindered the use of coffered ceiling treatments in modern construction and has limited them to a select group of specialty installations only.
White River’s Tilton Coffered Ceiling System is a patented process that solves these age-old problems. Their exclusive process combines the best of custom design with the efficiency and precision of a modern production facility. The result is superior fit and finish with dramatically reduced installation times versus all conventional methods. They have made coffered ceilings more accessible than ever before.
They offer tools on their website to assist with the design process; such as 3D renderings.
They also have 2-D CAD design drawings for review and approval for every Tilton Coffered Ceiling. Design drawings help to ensure that there are no oversights or misunderstandings regarding the final product and are also a very useful resource for presenting the project to clients. Visit here to see a gallery of Coffered Ceiling designs.
Visit White River’s Blog to read about the design process and architectural details used to create this magnificent ‘Crown Jewel’ of a coffered ceiling.
These installation images are great inspiration for adding details to your projects.
Love this header.
What a great base. Looks like a base moulding then probably 1/2″ MDF finished like the trim and then chair rail type moulding.
The fireplace is an important focal point and perfect for architectural details.
This gorgeous ceiling and room remind me of the reason we created our first product; the award winning decorative trim for recessed lighting. This great room would look fabulous with a recessed chandelier.
Beaux-Arts Classic Products offers the perfect solution to the industrial returns in a space that has given great attention to architectural details.
Louis XIV Style Decorative Grille is perfect with the fireplace screen. Shown in Rubbed Bronze.
A missed opportunity to complete the attention to detail and replace the industrial louvered grilles with a decorative grille.
At this scale it is difficult to see the difference a decorative grille can make.
So here is the choice between an industrial grille and the Arts and Crafts style decorative grille:
Lovely ceiling treatment with an industrial grille.
Louis XIV decorative grille looks great with the architectural details.
Visit White River’s retail site which has the largest selection of carved wood mouldings in multiple wood species, sizes and popular designs. These products are designed to be used alone or combined together to create larger scale details. These handcarved mouldings add immeasurable depth and drama to any room- including ceiling crowns, beamed ceiling , mantels, libraries, kitchens and bath cabinetry, or custom furniture creations. All profiles are in-stock in Maple and Cherry at 96″ lengths. They ship unfinished and can be stained or painted. Curved work is available for handcarved mouldings in resins.
The site also has overstock items at 50% off retail for select mouldings, overlays and rosettes. Love this lindenwood urn, retail $77.99 on sale for $38.80.
White River has a wealth of information on designing with architectural details. Visit their Designer’s Corner with Peter Salerno. A 15-time award winning kitchen and bath designer who has formed an alliance with White River to provide the design community with new products and educational resources on how to design with White River Products. He has instructional videos which are very informative.
Here you can also visit galleries of some major projects such as Dromberg Castle.
Entrance to Dramberg Castle
One of my favorite designers is Linda Floyd. Please see my blog I did on her body of work. The May 2016 issue of Traditional Home showed her design project titled “Happily Ever After”. A new home with an old world attitude. It is a beautiful example of the power of architectural details.
The walnut-paneled library is one of my favorite rooms.
I am very pleased that she has shared these close ups of a current project with amazing architectural details. Elegant, timeless and classic. The narrow panel for the sconce, the niche, wall panels, crown and ceiling are total eye candy, but yet it is done with beautiful proportion and scale with excellent choices of mouldings and ornament.
Another home featured in the May issue is a historic Detroit home by Designer, Corey Damen Jenkins. The architectural details really pop with the color palette.
Love the pilasters and crown used in the dining room.
Great architectural details but the industrial return?? Before the decorative options a faux finish was all you could do. Now we do have options!!
Lots of great homes in the May issue of Traditional Home. This Palm Beach home reflects a design collaboration with Manhattan interior designer Frank de Biasi. The owners wanted a beautiful and functional space for their family. The house is awash in handcrafted touches: ornate ceilings and moldings—even walls striéd by a Brazilian craftsman. A free-flowing layout with a wall of elegantly draped French doors facilitates indoor-outdoor living and invites in tranquil views of the vibrant lawn and ocean beyond.
Elaborate coffered ceilings, intricate crown moldings, plinth blocks, and Old World antiques also say this is a house rich with history. “The devil is in the details,” Bob says. “There are so many little touches in this house that people don’t notice the first time around.”
Walls of hand-tooled leather really compliment the ceiling.
Interior Design certainly is an art form and when I say Beyond Interior Design – The Art of the Room is in my humble opinion a room which is unto itself a work of art. It will usually have one of more of these ingredients:
- Embody classical elements
- Represent the work of skilled artisans and craftsmen
- Demonstrate creativity in the use of materials
- Regardless of personal design preferences be recognized for its contribution to interior design
- Include the decorative arts
Iksel Decorative Arts – All of their work is amazing!
The furnishings are not contributing to the artistry of the room in this example.
Petworth House Marble Room
Gianni Agnelli Bedroom
Alberto Pinto – Palais Marrakech
This room has all the ingredients.
Hotel Particulier in Paris
The Hotel again. Love the color palette and wall decor. Particularly the running ornament rather than a chair rail.
Hotel Particulier NY
The Gilt Room at Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales
Francoise Joseph Graf Paris Apartment
Dries Van Noten, Lier, Belgium