Wall Treatments

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 »
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







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 »
Apr 302014

I love this quote from Questroyal Fine Art, “Very few things are purchased for a lifetime.  Art is.”  Rooms as art are investments for a lifetime as well.

One component of creating a remarkable room as an art investment, are wall panel installations.  An inspiration for this post on artistically valuable rooms came from Veranda’s March-April 2014 issue, “Life of the Party”  piece on Susan Gutfreund.  She used 18th Century hand painted wallpaper installed in panels.  The room is fabulous.

hand painted wallpaper-panels

Love the door panels in her home as well.


18th Century Wallpaper Designs

Love the background color for this classic paper from the UK decorative arts company, Iksel.    I wouldn’t cover up this paper with other artwork in my room.  I would paint the walls in the background color for the paper and hang the paper in large white ornamented panels.

What do you think?  An entire room papered or the paper in wall panels.

wall art


Like this Louis XIV Double Head Set Panel for $299.

louis xiv wall panel











de Gournay Wallpaper 

The entire room papered.   The wallpaper seams are very noticeable behind the sconces.



Beaux-Artes Classical Wall Panel Set is $199 for 4 corners and 16′ of molding framing the de Gournay paper.  Picture the above walls with a center panel at least 36″ w x 72″H  and narrow panels for the sconces 24″ W x 72″H.  With the ceiling height double panel frames would look great.classical-wall-panel-paper-art
beaux-artes-garland-french-ren-panel-set-de-gourney-paperThis fabulous paper from de Gournay,  is framed with a Garland Panel Set in an Aged Gold finish $199.









Another great wallpaper from de Gournay.

de gourney wallpaper

Antique wallpaper which is limited in quantity would be perfect.  Here are some offerings from 1st Dibs.



Wallpaper is a great choice for the inside of panels.  How about some very contemporary handpainted wallpaper with classical panels like this design from Timorous Beasties?

louis XIV panel timorous-beastie wallpaper

Here is that same paper installed as wallpaper.


I think I prefer the large scale contemporary patterns in wall panels.  Timorous Beasties is based in Glasgow.  Very interesting take on Toile.






Panel Art

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The work of Iksel


The Chinese Bedroom with one of the mid c18th Chinese mirror paintings with a Rococo style at Saltram, Devon


Musee Camondo

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neoclassical still life

Alan Carroll




The work of Feau & Cie is to preserve truly important rooms.  Here is a wonderful blog post from one of my favorite artist blogs Surface Fragments on this one of a kind company.



 April 30, 2014  Posted by at 3:18 pm Art, Interior Design, Wall Treatments No Responses »
Jan 082014

Happy New Year.  After a much needed vacation and wonderful holiday I am excited to be back with this blog showcasing the work of some of the top architects and designers at the forefront of global design today that are in Architectural Digest’s AD100.

Their work  is based on classically inspired details, proportions and principles of scale and harmony with 21st century comfort and style.  You will see a lot of bold colors, eye catching art, beautiful wall panels, craftsmanship and artistry.  Enjoy.

Alberto Pinto

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This firm specializes in Orientalism.















Brian McCarthy






Bunny Williams


gottwald, richmond, virginia

gottwald, richmond, virginia


gottwald, richmond, virginia








David Kleinberg Design Associates


dkda-dean library















Dec 092013

Just bought a great book on the Empire Period Empire by Madeleine Deschamps. Here is some food for thought from the Introduction.   “The end of the eighteenth century was a tumultuous and remarkably rich period that laid the foundations of modern times.”  This can be said of our times,  the end of the twentieth century laying the foundations of the new age.   “In the course of the century the philosophy of Enlightenment had opened minds to realities veiled until then, and it had awakened hopes of social and political change in many lands.”  Once again, this can be said of our times with the expansion of knowledge, technology and physics all contributing to powers we could not have imagined just 30 years ago.  “In France this new consciousness culminated in a major cultural rupture, the Revolution.  The fall of the Bastille in 1789 and the death of Louis XVI in 1793 marked the end of a monarchy that had shaped France, its society, and its economy for ten centuries.”

It goes on to establish that the Revolution did not immediately find a language to express the social order they were striving to establish.  So there was no real break in the styles and art forms that characterized the reign of Louis XVI and the subsequent Directoire, Consulat and Empire Styles. The Empire style was a natural development of the neoclassical art born in the preceding decades, which explains why Empire also includes styles that predate the coronation of Napoleon.  “Despite a strong connection to its stylistic preedecessors, the Empire style was highly influenced by the personality of one man, Napoleon Bonaparte.napoleon Once in power he not only wished to dominate European countries but also to control their trade. “He also wished to give grandeur and splendor to his reign, a purpose best served by the arts. Thus the short years of his rule were a period of extraordinary development for arts and crafts in France and in the countries he controlled.”

What will be said of this time in terms of the development of the arts and crafts.  The decorative arts business had products and technologies which will enable today’s artists, artisans, architects and designers to surpass anything that has been created.  Hopefully there will always be patrons to support today’s masterpieces and with the advantage of technology the middle class will be able to create interiors rich with artistry.

“When Napoleon came to power he found a country that had been torn apart by civil war and lay in partial ruin. He also inherited royal residences that had been stripped bare by the Revolution.  Today’s interiors are in a sense are stripped bare with large expanses of drywall.  In his ten years as emperor he not only refurbished palaces and chateaux throughout France and Europe but also gave France one of its most superb collections of decorative arts. To accomplish this he provided massive help to workshops and nascent industries, encouraged and publicized technical inventions, and instituted schools, competitions and prizes. No one since Louis XIV’s minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert had been so concerned with the economic status of France and the international image of its arts and crafts.  Just as Napoleon knew how to surround himself with the best political and military counselors, so too did he call some of the best artists in Europe to his service.”

Let’s look at the glory of the Empire Period and dream about our expression of the decorative arts in the 21st Century.

The Chateau de Malmaison, Paris is a country house in the city of Rueil-Malmaison about 12 km from Paris. It was formerly the residence of Joséphine de Beauharnais, and with the Tuileries, was from 1800 to 1802 the headquarters of the French government.


Mythological Frieze, Chateau de Malmaison


Josephine’s  Bedroom

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Today’s Mansion - The Enchanted Home







Hotel de Beauharnais, Paris


Salon of the Four Seasons – The paintings of the four seasons were formerly attributed to Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and now to Anne-Louis Girodet, who painted works on the same theme for the Platinum Study in the Casa del Labrador in Aranjuez, Spain.

Salon of The Four Seasons

Salon of The Four Seasons




Bathroom at Hotel de Beauharmais


The Turkish bath in the Hotel de Beauharnais


Beaux-Artes designed and executed this Powder Room using technology to create the pietre dure design on the vanity and reproduce it below the chair rail with venetian plaster.


Inspiration vanity.


Empire has a section on wallpaper since it was becoming a convenient and attractive way to decorate an interior.  Manufacturers as Jacquemart et Benard, Dufour and Zuber made papers of great artistic and technical quality in lavish colors.  It was a young industry when the Revolution broke out.  Wallpaper answered the demand of a clientele that could not afford expensive silks for decorating the home.  The extension of the Empire opened Europe to their production.

Great article by Barbara Clark in Artisphere Online showcasing the work of Alan Carroll

“My old business partner, Mark Kusek, really opened my eyes to the digital world. Without him I never would have embraced computers as a tool for decorative artists in the same way. More importantly, he taught me that you can be true to the same creative spirit that flowed through the old guys while at the same time embracing new technology.

You don’t have to be mired in the past, trying to copy stuff that was done way better hundreds of years ago. ”


“Imagine you have a piece of artwork on your computer. You’ve either painted and scanned it, or created it directly on the computer. Want to make fabric? Wallpaper? Flooring? ceiling murals? Area rugs? verre eglomisé? You can do all those and tons more from the same piece of artwork now by combining the power of digital printing with traditional skills. We are only beginning to touch on the possibilities.”

“We even developed a way to print gold size. You could get a sheet of ebony veneer for example, and literally print from any design you have on your computer screen in gold size right onto the wood – no masking/stencilling necessary – then gild it. The computer is used just to expedite the hand-done finish, not to supplant it. It’s still a hand-gilded product.

Or forget about printing the size. What about printing the ‘painted’ image on the reverse of glass before you gild it? Mark is now in the middle of printing verre eglomisé polychrome designs right onto glass from ornamental panels that I painted using a Wacom tablet and some computer software. This is groundbreaking stuff. Print the image onto the reverse of the glass, and then gild it. He even printed the patina onto the sheet of glass before gilding it. Time savings are huge, and that’s just with this one thing!

“I think that’ll be my theme for the future: exploring how to expand and truly incorporate digital technology into the decorative artist’s toolkit. I don’t mean simply painting something by hand, then selling prints. But how about this other experiment we did with the Glass department of OSU in Ohio: We printed our gold size directly onto paper in super-detailed ornate designs. then we simply applied leaf, and dusted off the design. The gold only sticks to the areas we printed. Then we took these gold leaf designs on paper to the glass furnace. The guy blows a vase out of molten glass, then rolls it carefully across our design. The paper burns off completely, and the gold design is instantly transferred to the glass. Never been done before, but we just came up with it by experimenting.

It’s not just about coming up with ways that save time over traditional methods. It’s also about creating new hybrid techniques that could not be conceived of any other way. That’s the future.”

Josephine and her Entourage at Lake Garda, 1805-6 by Hippolyte Lecomte.  Available as a 12″ x 15″ print for $181.


Chateau de Compiegne


Chateau de Compiegne

Chateau de Compiegne


The Ballroom


Empress Marie-Louise’s Second Salon later called the Salon of Flowers.  Would love to do a variation of the panel art in this room.  The Book Empire has a wonderful closeup of the panels.


Hotel de Charost

Hotel de Charost

Hotel de Charost



The Sala di Marte near Naples

Sala di Marte

Sala di Marte

Beaux-Artes Arabesque Panel



Casita del Principe, El Escorial, Spain

Casita del Principe-El Escorial-Spain

Platinum study in the Casa del Labrador, Aranjuez, Spain

casa-del-labrador-platinum study

Charlottenburg Castle, Berlin


Queen Luise’s Bedroomcharlottenburg-castle-queen-luise-bedroom















Oct 222013

Thirty years ago I had a black living room.   At the time, it was quite a statement, so much so that I had to paint everything before the house would sell.  Everyone loved it but couldn’t picture their furnishings in it.  Here is an wonderful collection of basic black today.


Black is dramatic and elegant when paired with white.







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black and white




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2. milestone hotel london


34. black and white


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Oct 012013

Powder Rooms and bathrooms are perfect rooms for wall panels.  Lots of possibilities from plain panels to ornamentation.

wall panels

wall panels

Panels offer symmetry and organization for different colors, sheens and textures.  The panels create lots of options for the limited wall area, inside the panel, outside the panel and the panel molding.

Sargent Architectural Photography



The smaller the room the taller the panels works really well.






Panels with mirrors.  I prefer aged mirrors in a small space when they are used as a wall treatment and not a mirror.




Panels are always perfect for framing murals and decorative painting.







A great addition to standard board and batten style panels is Beaux-Artes Spanish Empire ornament. For tall panels as in the picture below, I would use one on the top and bottom.

spanish empire board and baton ornament