Victorian Interiors: the Walls

Victorian houses typically divided the wall decoration into three zones, at least in the main rooms:

  • The FRIEZE, immediately beneath the cornice and about 300mm – 450mm wide.
  • The DADO, between the skirting board and chair rail or dado line, about 900mm high.
  • The BODY, between the dado and frieze.

The Dado was usually painted, wallpapered or stencilled in different colours to the Body of the wall above. The frieze was wallpapered or stencilled.victorian-wallfrieze-cornice