Adam Style Ceiling Roses

Possibly one of Britain’s most renowned interior designers and neoclassical architect, Robert Adam, made his mark on architectural legacy during the later Georgian period, where the earlier Baroque influence was replaced by, the more refined and restrained Palladian style.

The Georgian period, in general, maintained allegiance to the classical form of architecture but Adam combined with this a use of Roman domestic decoration. His total room design started with the plaster ceiling mouldings such as ceiling roses, panels and cornice and continued throughout the rest of the room. His attention to detail and continuity of design ran through the entire interior, thus repeating the ornamentation in both the decorative ceiling roses and the soft furnishings.

The second half of the 18th Century saw discoveries emerging from ancient Greek; Roman and Etruscan buildings, and their interpretation into British interiors, by Robert Adam in particular.

Interior moulding became shallower, lighter and delicate, part of a more intricate overall ceiling decoration. Adam style ceilings used delicate mouldings with a central round or oval piece, with panels or bands to the edge.

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