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Architraves and ceiling roses
The moulded or carved part of the frame surrounding a door or window opening is known as an architrave. As well as making the opening more imposing, it serves to hide the join between the structural part of the frame and the walls. It can be made from profiled softwood, man-made boards such as medium-density fibreboard (MDF) or fibrous plaster.
Most modern architraves are relatively plain, although historical designs are also available. To draw attention to mouldings in good condition, or a fine example, try painting it in a colour that contrasts with, or complements, that of the door.
A ceiling rose is an ornamental motif, usually circular or oval in shape, with a pattern that radiates from the centre. It creates a focal point for the ceiling plane and acts as a suitably impressive foil for a pendant light fitting or chandelier hung from its centre. It can be fixed against a plain background or it can form the centrepiece of a richly patterned surface. A wide variety of sizes and patterns, ranging from Adam-style to late nineteenth-century stylized florals, can still be found.
Reproduction rose designs are manufactured from fibrous plaster, fibreglass, CFC-free resin and polythene with a resin core in a variety of sizes, commonly ranging from 15cm (6in) to 90cm (36in). Look out for casts with crisp details and neatly finished edges.
Ceiling roses are easy to install. If a light fitting is to be fixed in the centre of the rose, make sure there is a pre-formed hole for the flex or that it will be easy to create one standard-sized door opening is given a touch of grandeur by fitting an architrave with a small pediment on top. Here, this consists of a plain inner moulding that has been cut to shape and painted to match the walls, surrounded by a more detailed design in a contrasting colour.
Even where a ceiling rose no longer serves its original purpose, which was to draw attention to a chandelier, it is well worth retaining as a purely decorative feature.
This is especially true of rooms where you spend any time seated or lying down, as the ceiling occupies a large part of your field of vision.