“Boiserie” - is a french term often used to describe ornate and intricately carved wood paneling and moldings in interiors. The panels were not confined just to the walls of a room but were also used to decorate doors, frames, cupboards and shelves. Often mirrors or pictures are set into the boiseries, with the carving, or molding, framing the picture like a conventional frame – creating a “built in”. Here are some great examples….
When used between windows, the span of mirror opens up the wall visually with the feeling of another window. It creates a light, airy feel to a relaxing room.However, in some cases, the molding creates dramatic geometry and gives the room a sense of tradition and drama like the following….
Traditional panel doors with mirror inserts make the door read as a glass door without sacrificing privacy. It also adds much-needed light to a dark corner.
To sum up, “boiserie” woodwork doesn’t have to mean a stuffy, 18th century vibe. It’s good for much, much more than a gentleman’s study. When done well, the addition of mirror can make molding pop, appear brighter, and feel modern and fun.
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