In architecture the frieze /ˈfriːz/ is the wide central section part of an entablature and may be plain or decorated. Even when neither columns nor pilasters are expressed, on an astylar wall it lies upon the architrave('main beam') and is capped by the moldings of the cornice.
In interiors, the frieze of a room is the section of wall above the picture rail and under the crown moldings or cornice. Frieze decorations may depict scenes in a sequence of discrete panels. The material of which the frieze may be plasterwork, carved wood or other decorative medium.