If you sliced a flute in half, lengthwise, you basically have the shape of fluting.  This shallow, concave, repeat vertical pattern is found on columns, pilasters, and millwork. Painting the illusion of fluting on a flat surface, using trompe l’oeil techniques, is a challenging exercise.  The soft shadow placement demands a good understanding of how […]


A true pilaster is a flat, rectangular column which projects only slightly from the wall and has both a capital and a base.  It is primarily used as an ornamental motif, but is often needed to support or buttress the wall.