About Classical Wall Treatments
In Steven Semes book “The Architecture of the Classical Interior” he states that after the ceiling, the most important of a room’s surfaces are the walls, where we see the essential elements and relations that most directly define the character of the room. In Classical rooms the walls can be designed with an order (columns or pilasters), paneling, painting, or fabric wall treatments. The use of columnar orders in interiors is usually reserved for the grandest or most elaborate rooms. The division of wall surfaces into dado, panel, and cornice seen in nearly all classical wall treatments regardless of material or elaborateness create the balance, beauty, symmetry and organization of the Classical room.
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