Building and Designing with History by Brent Hull
Brent Hull is the owner and president of Hull Historical and was trained in the art of museum quality preservation at the North Bennett Street School in Boston He is the author of two books: Traditional American Rooms and Historic Millwork, a guide to restoring and recreating doors, windows and moldings from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century. Here are two of his videos with information on understanding the architectural orders and how they apply to today’s design ideas.
The first video Building with Columns has information on understanding the architectural orders and how they apply to today’s design ideas. The five orders, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan and Composite each have their own values, proportions, scale, profile and details. As Hull sees it, the five orders are really about proportions that can help tie together the look of a home. “It is a beautiful method of building that has been lost” says Hull. He sees that the fundamental knowledge of the orders is essential for designers, especially those who focus on traditional homes.
Moldings, for example, are widely misused. Smaller homes may have no moldings while today’s larger homes may go overboard with moldings using several styles at once. Moldings are meant to define architectural elements as well as highlight scale and proportion in rooms. Chair rails, wainscoting and crown moldings all have their roots in classical design. When used correctly and in proper proportion they make a room feel pleasant and in balance.
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