The Delight of Good Design


A first-floor room in Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath which has preserved its early 18th century wainscotting and corner chimneypiece which, as was the style of the period, lies almost flush with the wall. It’s all quite simple, and quite perfect. Unquestionably one of the most charming houses in Ireland, Ballinlough will be the subject of more thorough exploration before too long.

5 comments on “The Delight of Good Design

  1. columnist says:

    Indeed, pure and simple, the best of Georgian.

  2. says:

    Is that considered wainscoting? It seems to go straight to the ceiling, so would be paneling, yes?

    • Well actually wainscotting originally referred to all internal panelling; it was only during the course of the 18th century that the term came to be used for the lower section of panelled walls. Therefore at the time this room was created, it would most likely have been described as wainscotting, or indeed wainscoting – one or two t’s are optional. And in addition, I think the word rather beautiful (the Irish Aesthete loves the rythym of language).

  3. Yes, I did see it – and would encourage others to do likewise. Thank you so much for your kind words

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