Faux and how to do it. Learn to grain using a rocker for a expert looking finish.Learn to imitate stone or leather. From gilding to liming oak. Do you want to have a try at imitating marble or malachite?|
Period Styles. From ancient Greece and Roman to Amish and Shabby Chic.
Glossary of Terms. A to Z of decorating terms.
Museum of Decorating. Many of the old skills which have been lost over time. The materials and tools have generally improved to make the job easier but the fundamentals of good workmanship do not change.
Test your knowledge Quiz. How much do you know about basic skills, colors and applying finishes.
Famous Architects and Designers.
Do you know who designed the red telephone box? Or the creator of Shabby Chic?
American English meanings. Do you know what the British word is for a baseboard, latex or sheetrock? Or the American words for artex, dust sheet or hessian?
Refurbishment and house makeover Magazines. Where to get fresh ideas from.
Troubleshooting. Trouble with your efforts at do-it-yourself, look here. Wallpaper won't stick down or bubbling up? Paint flaking off metalwork? Hairs coming out of paintbrush?
Television Programs. Popular TV shows on room change and Home makeover.
Heraldic. Images of Coats-of-arms of colleges, public schools, towns and cities, families and nobility, British and foreign. Oxford, Cambridge and other universities. Birds, animals, plants; fruit and vegetables; weapons and equipment; as wellas all the standard heraldic charges and markings.
Traditional Focal Points for Renaissance Decor|
You can imagine that Renaissance homes were not painted with the wide variety of beautiful colors and shades that we have access to today.
Low Country Style
The low country style of redecoration draws its inspiration from the coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina, USA.
Outfitting your Home Colonial Style
Wood, iron, leather and other natural materials are abundant in colonial schemes.
This style of architecture was common during the 6th through the 10th century, then the style was transformed into the Gothic style.
The Tuscan style of decorating is reminiscent of the look of the sunny Italian Mediterranean coast.
Modern Vintage Style
If you enjoy blending different room styles together in creative and artistic ways, the modern vintage style could be exactly what you've been looking for.
Coastal Florida Style
If you've ever visited the coastal area of Florida, you probably enjoyed the overall look of relaxation that the area tends to embrace.
Cajun French Style
If you'd like to add a bit of Creole spice to your home's overall scheme, the Cajun French style could be just what you've been looking for.
How to burn out an iron paint kettle. In the past, one of the first skills taught to apprentices and even with the event of plastic kettles, the procedure still needs to be known by the real professional. Follow the procedure in pictures. Keep in mind that this involves naked flames and inflammable materials. It must never be attempted indoors.
Refurbish an antique mirror|
Give an old mirror frame new life. Step by step instructions. See your project transform from an dull brown varnish to a white and gold masterpiece. No special skills needed,just patience and a steady hand.
Queen Anne Period Style
1702 - 1714
The Queen Anne period style of decorating has long been a favorite, especially among those who enjoy furnishing their home with antiques.
Edwardian Period Style
1901 - 1910
The Edwardian period was an exciting time, marking the beginning of a new century and the reign of a new king.
Traditional Italian Decor
Italy as long been known as the center of good taste. Whether you're talking about food, art, fine wine or decor.
Southwest 1821 - 1904
It can be a lot of fun to change your bedroom with a bit of southwest flavor. The southwest style of decor has its origins on the cattle ranch of the nineteenth century, when a minimalist decorative style emerged due to necessity.
This architecture and design style is often associated with one of the leaders in home design - Frank Lloyd Wright.
If you're looking for a casual, original and highly personal way to decorate your home, the Bohemian Chic style could be just what you have in mind. This style features plenty of different textures and colors.
Scandinavian Makeover Styles. If a simpler style of room is what appeals to you, then this is worth a try.
1558 - 1603|
The Elizabethan period in English history was marked by the influx of Renaissance ideas, reached England after they were commonplace in Italy.
Commonwealth Period 1649 - 1660
The Commonwealth period of house change marked a return to basics and the abolishment of frivolous features following the overthrow of the monarchy by the Puritans.
Tudor 1485 - 1603
Tudor style furniture is a popular choice that can add a true regal touch to your space. The furniture of the Tudor period is detailed, large, and not very comfortable.
Jacobean 1567 - 1625
Making over a stylish home with period furniture can be a lot of fun. Early Jacobean pieces were not very ornately styled.
Arts and Crafts Style
The arts and crafts design movement began around 1860, continuing until around 1910. While it first took roots in the British Isles, it soon spread to both North America and Europe. This design movement was inspired by the opinion that the decorative arts were in rather downtrodden state. The end result was an emphasis on art and traditional craftsmanship.
Modern Farmhouse Style
Modern Farmhouse Makeover. If you love the look and feel of country living but also have a desire for a more modern look, modern farmhouse could be the perfect combination for you.
French Country Style
Having its roots in the area of the country outside of Paris, this style of finish was a good match for the rural areas and countryside.
Renewing an old chair. A step by step guide with photographs. The secret of repainting furniture, especially chairs, is knowing the correct order in which to proceed otherwise things can get very messy.