The past was astonishingly colourful. Surfaces of all kinds were brightly painted throughout England from the middle ages onwards. Panels, furniture, architectural joinery and stonework all bore witness to an exuberant love of colour, but paint forms an extremely thin membrane across a surface and is easily lost to time. It can be difficult to truly imagine the intensity and richness of historic decor. We may easily overlay our contemporary experience of heritage pieces onto our imaginative recreation of the past, but what meets our eyes today is the mellowed patina of age, a pastel and muted echo of the courageous pageant of colour that was once enjoyed.
Architectural joinery tends to receive lighter wear than furniture, and sufficient traces have survived for us to understand something of the vibrant designs commonly applied to a wide range of surfaces. Some staircases and panels have retained much of their original schemes of paint, helping us chart the ebb and flow of colour theory and practice. We take pride and pleasure in restoring colour and decoration to heritage and period inspired homes.
We specialise in creating and conserving fine decorative surfaces, be that flat painting in oil or water based paints, unrivalled faux graining effects or gilding. Do contact us for further information.