Fluting

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 […]

Dado

A dado (day-doe) refers to the area below a chair rail (aka dado rail or skirting board).  The lower boundary is typically a baseboard. The original function of the chair rail was to stop chairs from damaging the wall.  The space below the rail quickly developed into a design opportunity. A dado (or wainscot) is […]

Pilaster

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.