How To Divide and Decorate Walls With Entablature Elements
An entablature is the superstructure of moldings and bands which lies horizontally above columns, resting on their capitals. The Entablature is commonly divided into the architrave, the frieze, and the cornice.
Berrington Hall Entablature
The styles of the entablature correspond to and are one of the distinguishing features of the main orders of architecture: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, Tuscan and Composite. Most entablatures not associated with these major orders are derived from them.
Classical Architecture Orders
Dyrham Ionic Entablature
Doric Entablature from White River – They call this a Large Combo
Elements of the Entablature
The entablature is usually divided into three main sections: the lowest band, or architrave, which originally took the form of a simple beam running from support to support; the central band, or frieze, consisting of an unmolded strip with or without ornament; the top band, or cornice, constructed from a series of moldings that project from the edge of the frieze.
There are many design applications of the entablature elements which create timeless and classic enhancements to classic interior design.
Pronounced ARK-ah-trayv, the word architrave is similar to the word architect. The Latin prefix archi- means “chief.” An architect is the “chief carpenter,” and an architrave is the “chief beam” of the structure. The architrave is the lowest part of an entablature, resting horizontally directly on the capitals (tops) of the columns. The architrave supports the frieze and the cornice above it. The way that an architrave looks is determined by the Classical Orders of Architecture.
Windows, Doors and Entrances are perfect for an Architrave.
Architrave has also come to refer to the molding around a door or a window. Other names used to mean architrave may include epistyle, epistylo, door frame, lintel, and crossbeam.
The fancy carved band above the architrave is called the frieze. In fact, the roots of the word frieze mean ornamentation and decoration. Because the Classical frieze is often ornately carved, the word is also used to describe the wide, horizontal bands above doorways and windows and on interior walls below the cornice. These areas are ready for ornamentation or are already highly decorated.
A frieze, the middle part of an entablature, is a horizontal band that runs above the architrave and below the cornice in Classical architecture. The frieze may be decorated with designs or carvings.
The least expensive version of an entablature would be to purchase a moulding for the architrave. Then put whatever designs or carvings on the wall in the space for the frieze and then add another moulding as the capitol. For a large entablature be sure to select an appropriate profile for the architrave and cornice mouldings. The space between the mouldings can be adjusted to accomodate the designs and carvings.
Lovely Empire Frieze with a crown moulding and I would add an architrave moulding.
Lincrusta Empire Frieze – Wall Paper Direct