How to…Decorate a room

Following late 19th century conventions for wall and ceiling decoration, a homeowner can convincingly recreate the lush and complex interiors the Victorian Era is justifiably famous for.

How to…Design a wall

Tripartite Wall Division
Dividing the wall into horizontal bands became fashionable in the latter part of the 19th century. A three-part horizontal wall treatment would have included a dado at the base of the wall, a frieze at the top, and a wall fill between the dado and the frieze. A wallpaper dado capped with a border was a common substitute for the more expensive wooden wainscoting and chair rail. The proportions of dado, wall fill, and frieze varied throughout the last quarter of the century, accommodating changing tastes and the architectural features of a room.

How to design a ceiling...

or see some examples of wall and ceiling designs...

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