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 Design Proportions and Guidelines for Boiserie




 Wainscoting or Chair rail divides a wall into

  human scale divisions. Adding details makes

  a space look larger (not smaller as commonly



  This wall decoration is known as Boiserie.


  There are the natural proportions that one

 should adhere to in laying out wainscoting

 design, however like all design projects it is

 also a matter of taste.   Nothing is more

 offensive than seeing walls divided in half.


 1/3-2/3rds is the rule.

 In the craftsman style the bottom is 2/3rds

 while in a traditional style the bottom is 1/3rd

 which is appropriate, but never in half. 


  Follow the guidelines of the "golden rule"

  of proportions.




 What is the Golden Rule (PHi)


  PHi (1.618)

 The Ancient Greeks around 300 BC realized that there was a ratio that

 represented the natural proportions of both humans and art / architecture.


 In simple terms, it is approximately a 1/3rd to 2/3rds ratio.

 This calculation is handy in sizing Medallions, dividing walls with wainscoting

 and Boiserie or dividing columns, cabinetry etc.




  A Guideline as to how we succeeded


 1) Selecting the Mouldings 












 2) Measuring & Planning



  For this you will need

  a spirit level

  a pencil

  and the moulding

  you will apply to the wall.


  Hint: Paint the wall prior to

  penciling the boxes



 When  planning the boxes, divide them up into sections of 3 for a great look.

  Remember to adhere to the rule of 3.




 3) Planning & Locating Electrical & Water Lines for your own safety




  So that you do not pin into a live wire,

  always use a meter

  to detect electrical wires. 





 4) Planning the Corners & Spaces Between the Panels




  Use the thickness of the

  spirit level to be the measurement

  between the boxes and the window

  casing and baseboard.

  Most are about 2-1/2 inches in





 5) Use only the approved adhesive for ArchPolymerTM



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  For any polyurethane mouldings

 you will require approved adhesive

 so that the glue does not break down

 the high density polyurethane. Also

 always paint with non oil paints.




 6) Use a Brad Nailer to affix the Mouldings


  A brad nailer makes it very easy to

  apply the panel molds and casing to

  the wall.  Use the approved adhesive

  as well to affix the mouldings.



 7) Bang Bang Bang - your getting there






 8) In Progress Looking Good !


  Pilasters add a wonderful

  element of accentuated height

  and border your wall creation.

  Pilasters are flat columns and if

  you add a corbel to the top it

 is called a console.


  Find Pilasters here






 9) Add More Details if you like


  One piece boiserie headers are

  available & Rosettes


  click here for Boiserie







 10) Now Fill the joins


  This spackling compound is a mix of plaster

  and polymers.  Apply it with your finger, and

  sand it when it is dry.  Never use caulking

  because it shrinks over time and cannot be sanded


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 10) Use our Specialty Paints for Faux Finish Effects



  We carry the finest collection

  of specialty paints for

  that regal finish





 11) The Beautiful Finish on a few project



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  Distribution Show Room


  Panel Molds, Rosettes

  Pilasters, Corbels/Consoles

  a Dome, Base Boards

  & Crown Moulding

  all make up this Boiserie





 14) The Beautiful Finish on a few project








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