A frieze is an architectural flat band between a cornice and an architrave.

The horizontal band was often decorated with a continuous, repeat pattern.
Decorative painters often are asked to create one in a space.  It can make a room look bigger while adding a delicate design element.  Usually horizontal and placed either below the crown molding or on the ceiling perimeter.   Some common decorative finishes might include; plaster mold, stencil, trompe l’oeil, and polychrome.  A couple of popular patterns; the Greek Key or an Arabesque flowing repeat pattern.



Wall frieze for a kids room by Grand Illusion


Ceiling frieze by Grand Illusion


Arabesque inspiration for the ceiling frieze.

More to come …


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