PortfolioTraditional Dining Room, San Francisco
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2. Symmetry makes mixing up the dining set easier. Mixing and matching dining chairs is simple when you stick with a symmetrical arrangement — a pair of slipcovered armchairs at the ends and wood chairs along the sides, for instance. Even though the chairs at the heads of table are completely different from the others, the look feels well balanced.
If you prefer not to have a standard medallion, this example shows how you can use ceiling molding to create a similar effect, but one that spreads that focus out to the edges of your room. I like this treatment because of the wide openings on either side of the mirror leading into the adjacent room. The ceiling molding, unlike a ceiling medallion, creates a larger perimeter that “holds” you in the room. If you were walking behind the upholstered armchair at the end of the table, on your way to the room in the background, you would still feel as if you were part of the dining room because of the ceiling molding’s embrace. A central medallion wouldn’t do that.
A nice feature of the quatrefoil as a decorative element is the shape's ability to be quite small, like when it's used for a wallpaper design, or quite large, like when it's placed on a ceiling as a controlling device for a room.