Wooden appliques, also known as onlays, are pre-carved or pre-cast three-dimensional details, such as scrollwork, floral patterns, and classical motifs
that can be applied to other surfaces to add detail and visual interest. ATGStores.com carries appliques and onlays in a variety of materials including
wood, resin, and urethane. When choosing which of these to use for your project, it can be helpful to choose pieces that are made of the same material that
they will be added to, as that will look most seamless. This is especially the case if you are adding an applique to a wooden piece of furniture, or
cabinetry as wooden applique can be stained to match the piece and bring out the grain of the wood so that the addition looks natural.
Most appliques are in an elaborate style that harkens back to the ornate detail of baroque period French and Italian furniture, so the simple addition of a
couple highly visible pieces can elevate the style of a room, and make it feel sumptuous and expensive. And yet, with all the drama they can add to a space
or piece of furniture, appliqués are incredibly simple to apply, requiring only a surface appropriate adhesive. Appliques are generally primed and then
painted either to match the surface they are mounted to or in a contrasting color. Rarely are they left in the natural and unfinished state they arrive in.
Because they are so simple to apply and customize, appliques are incredibly versatile and can bring new life to many different places. Many people add them
to mantelpieces, chairs, dressers, frames, or even place them directly on to walls. They can also make a big impact placed directly over the molding of a
door. In addition, there are many complementary styles of appliques that can be combined into larger statement pieces, so there is always room to be
creative and construct a custom design as unique as your home is.
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