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Frieze

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

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THE TECHNIQUE

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.  See also: order to paint a room

COMMON FINISHES: plaster mold, stencil, trompe l’oeil, and polychrome. 

POPULAR PATTERNS: the Greek Key or an Arabesque flowing repeat pattern.

EXAMPLES

Wall frieze for a kids room by Grand Illusion
Cieling frieze by Grand Illusion
Arabesque inspiration for the ceiling frieze.

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