Vive les friezes!

A frieze is a linear repeated decorative pattern, with a geometrical or natural design. 

Russian style frieze

Russian style frieze

Bathroom frieze with Russian flair

Bathroom frieze with Russian flair

Oversize baroque frieze

Oversize baroque frieze

 

 Friezes serve several purposes in the decorative art: completing ornate rooms with sophisticated patterns,

Gothic frieze

Gothic frieze

or bringing in a specific theme as a focus point to a decor.

Owl and jewelry ceiling border

Owl and jewelry ceiling border

Ceiling with seabird

Ceiling with seagull and necklace border.

 In a minimalist setting, a frieze can be welcome to stress its architectural element, such as by underlining ceiling lines or framing a door. 

Simple burgundy ceiling line

Simple burgundy ceiling line

 

 

Deep red and blue straight frieze

Deep red and blue straight frieze

 It contributes to dividing and warming up an interior.  In the twenties, wide friezes at the top of walls representing landscapes or stylized patterns were very much in vogue. 

Art nouveau frieze

Art nouveau /William Morris frieze

 

 

Detail of William Morris frieze

Detail of William Morris frieze

 

These vistas or designs aimed at opening up spaces, and replaced more invading wallpapers.  The use of such wide friezes is perfect in children rooms to illustrate a narrative, leaving the rest of the wall space available for more designs or furnishings.

  Speaking of narrative, scrolls or banners on monuments, bearing dates and major public events, can be replicated at home with friezes stamping important family dates and memories, to personalize one’s home. 

 

Commemorative banner

Commemorative banner

 Friezes also replace moldings as a finishing touch: to break for instance the expanse of a wall, two colors are used horizontally, delineated at man’s height or at the chair rail level with a simple frieze.

Garland of olive tree leaves

Garland of olive tree leaves

 

 

Single color leaf garland

Single color leaf garland separating a light green and a dark green  wall surfaces.

Islamic geometric design

Islamic geometric design

 

Pompeian style frieze

Pompeian style frieze

 Exterior friezes work also wonderfully: under the eaves of a roof for example or as a window surround, they soften a façade and bring it originality. 

 

Outdoor frieze under rood line

Outdoor frieze under rood line

 A frieze is a decorative accent and does not need to be complicated or invasive to do marvels.

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