One of my favorite ways to add a design element into a room is to add a framed panel. It can range from simple to ornate, from an illusion to intricately carved.
Here are Swedish versions as seen in this manor built in the 1780's.
The framed panel can hold a painting or be painted. Or both.
How about wallpapered?
Outlining the frame adds a tailored element.
Pascal Amblard, the fabulously talented French artist, recently painted these panels in an early XVIIIth century castle. While they seem relatively simple, they are, in fact, delicate and perfectly proportioned.
This Russian version boasts a vibrant color.
In Florence's Palazzo Pucci, the plasterwork in the Wedgewood Room is ornate, the color combination one of my favorites.
The illusion of panels in this bathroom was created with different marbles.
To create a paneled frame in your own home, visit Beaux-Artes for a wonderful collection of French wall panels and a video on their installation. They will even hand paint a canvas for the panel's center, as seen here.
Also, their blog, Classical Addiction, is a fascinating read.
Do you have any framed panels in your own home?