Architectural columns ornamented with fluting—those vertical channels that create an elegant interplay of light and shadow—have been around since Egyptian times. Fluting next made its way inside as high-style detailing on paneling and furniture: picture the tapered legs on a Louis XVI table. But it wasn’t on our radar as a design option until just the other month—which now feels like a lifetime ago—when we started noticing decorative grooves cropping up all over the house. We particularly admire the use of fluting in the kitchen as a textural and skinnifying element. Yes, a bit of extra dusting might be required; we’d be willing. Here, a look at some favorite fluted projects in wood, stone, and plaster.
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Frequently asked questions
What is fluting?
Fluting is a decorative technique that involves creating shallow, vertical grooves in a surface. It is commonly used on columns, pilasters, and molding as a way to add texture and visual interest to architectural detailing.
What is fluted paneling?
Fluted paneling is a type of wall paneling that features fluted grooves running vertically along the surface. This technique is commonly used in interior design as a way to add texture and depth to walls, especially in traditional or classic styles of decor.
How is fluted paneling installed?
Fluted paneling is typically installed by attaching individual panels to the wall with screws or adhesive. The precise installation process may vary depending on the manufacturer and type of paneling, so be sure to consult installation instructions before beginning the process.
What are some popular uses for fluted paneling?
Fluted paneling is a versatile design element that can be used in a variety of ways. It is often used to add interest and texture to kitchen cabinetry, as shown in the article. It can also be used as an accent wall in a living room or bedroom, or as a decorative element in an entryway or foyer.
Is fluted paneling difficult to maintain?
Fluted paneling is easy to maintain, as it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth as needed. However, it is important to avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives on the surface, as these can damage the finish or the underlying material.