Decorating the ceiling with a fresco can give breath to a home.

The fresco has its roots in ceiling decoration.

Its particular execution method has always made it perfect for directly decorating churches, palazzos, castles and noble residences without the need for specific installation tools to apply the paintings or decorated wooden panels on ceilings.

Trompe l’oeil on a ceiling, private house (Forlì)


Ceiling decoration in a Pescara home

The carbonation process is in fact a chemical reaction that allows the pigments to penetrate and bond with the layer of wet lime plaster applied earlier.

The Calicot method was developed in the eighteenth century and consists of removing the first layer of colour from the wall. This layer is then transferred onto a temporary canvas which acts as a link for the subsequent application of the fresco onto another canvas, the final support of the painting brought back to positive.

Modern interior design has recently rediscovered the joy of colour through the development of bright and exotic wallpaper prints.

The decoration of ceilings, however, is still neglected due to the fear that it can make a small room feel overcrowded, which is so typical of contemporary architecture.

Fresco for a ceiling, work in progress


Living room fresco, 150×250 cm

However, in order not to overload a space it would be a good idea to decorate only  a single portion of it, satisfying our eyes without overloading them too much.

Why not give this honour to the ceiling?

In fact, this is the portion of space most unused and outside of the transit areas par excellence.

The photos show how large frescoes painted in pastel shades or embellished with hand applied gilding, despite their considerable size, can still be graceful, wide-ranging and able to “break through” the two dimensional barrier thanks to their trompe l’oeil effect.


Ceiling fresco in collaboration with Bakokko Group

A site specific fresco for a bedroom

Frescoes of this size allow you to dedicate your walls to shelves, sofas or a simple monochromatic “total white” style without having to worry about other decorative elements.

The fresco detached and remounted on canvas will then be glued to the ceiling and since it is “made to measure” will have the space necessary for the application of lamps and chandeliers and will not weaken the aesthetic composition of the art work.

Just a few tricks are needed to create a pleasant and unique environment without sacrificing everyday practicality.

Mariani Affreschi would like to recommend one that is timeless and that never goes out of style: the fresco.


For any question and info please call 030/316096 or write to info@marianiaffreschi.com


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