Ornamentation Design Process For Doors
Designing with ornamentation seems to be a lost art, but we at Beaux-Artes believe there is a revival occurring. Some of the most beautiful published rooms have architectural details and ornamentation. Rooms that are beautiful without any furnishings.
A trend we see is adding ornamentation to the ‘room’. To transform a fireplace by adding ornamentation.
To transform large expanses of drywall with wall panels.
To create one of a kind doors.
A client has asked me to create a door design which will be used on her bedroom doors. It has been an interesting design process which I thought would benefit our readers. When we began, our design inspiration was this gorgeous door. I researched ornament possibilities on the Decorators Supply website. Note the relief of the ornament on this door. By the time I did a number of designs my client realized she wanted heavy ornament.
The website has pictures for most of their ornament which can be saved and used to layout your ornamentation design. You do not need CAD software to create a scaled design layout. For a quick idea how the ornament will look in your design, Publisher has easy tools to create a scaled drawing.
Step 1. Do a scaled drawing of the door in Publisher. I use a scale of 1/16″ = 1″. I am using the dimensions of the door closed to determine my ornamentation design since the door opens into the room. I have added very simple molding around my door design which I will add ornament to. The ceiling is 8′; but there is a 12″ crown molding which leaves me with 3-1/2″ over the door for my door header ornamentation. I am also putting rosettes on the blocks.
This picture shows the door header with the old paneled door still in place. The ornamentation will be added to a new flat panel door. Rebecca is gold leafing the crown molding and door molding. The small header over the door is also being gilded.
Step 2. Draw in the basic size of your door design. My inspiration picture requires a border of running ornament around a 2-panel design. I have not found the ornament which appears in the inspiration but I thought this ornament would work for the repeating S-curve that is in the outer border. It also gives me a small rosette to cover the ends.
Decorators Supply 890F – 8-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ You can crop, rotate and copy the image in Publisher.
Instead of a running floral design I chose this running ornament 2928F. This ornament was not online so I scanned it and used Publisher to remove the dark background.
Here is a screen shot of the ornament showing the scaled ornament in the upper left corner using the 1/16″=1″ scale.
During the research and development of this design it became clear that the time involved in applying all of this individual composition ornament to six doors was going to be labor intensive and the design just wasn’t developing into a great design. So, I began researching other design possibilities.
This Design is based on using most of the inside panel of Decorators Supply Wall Panel 9894.
My client did not want a shell as the center feature so I used this beautiful floral center 11627. Now I had to figure out a C curve that would compliment the curve of the inner panel. My client also wants a different feature on each door to represent whose room it is.
This single panel design did not have enough beautiful ornament and the molding for the panel was not interesting enough. Here is my design for a two panel door. We decided the corners on the top panel with S curves to form an arch would be a good design. For this design I chose this beautiful Rococo Rose corner 9804.
The Center 11564 for the bottom panel
This design lacks beauty on the bottom of the panels. Here is yet another design adding corners to the bottom of the panels. With each design I record the ornament style, size and cost with a picture of the ornament.
Rococo Corners 9800
This design is still not there. The next design I am going to work on will be a 3-panel layout with heavy molding.