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Greek Column

Definition: Greek Column

This type of round pillar — found on homes and other structures — has decorative details that reflect ancient Greek architectural styles. When placed on the outside of buildings, the columns are often made of stone and plaster and designed to prop up overhangs, eaves, and the like. When used indoors, Greek columns are often purely decorative.

The columns can have smooth or fluted sides and typically feature a decorative flourish at the base and top. The designs are divided into three categories, based on traditional Greek designs. The Corinthian, shown in the large photo, is the most floral and ornate. Doric (below, left) is the most basic, while the Ionic (below, right) falls somewhere in between, with scroll-like flourishes.

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Snowgoddess Snowgoddess 10 years
I love Greek columns. I am a big fan of Ancient styles in interior design (like Roman, Greek, Egypt...). In my friend's house he has a huge fish tank surrounded by two Greek columns. Looks amazing! :P
fablavishlife fablavishlife 10 years
sgdish Id love that in my home!
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 10 years
Wow, its like Art History class all over again! And sgdish - I have one too!!!
sgdish sgdish 10 years
I love Greek columns, in fact, I have a large Greek column as the center of my dining table with a glass top...I love it!
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