From ornate stucco work ceilings to pared back cornices and skirting, decorative mouldings take various forms and really can make or break a room.
Post war, when the country was in the grip of a determined spate of modernisation, it became de rigueur to strip period homes of their original architectural features. Down came the wedding cake ceiling roses and decorative friezes, the stucco work and relief panels, in favour of rooms without ornament. It was a trend that lasted well in to the Nineties, and sadly many homes were badly augmented, leaving rooms lacking their original character.
Finding a house that survived the latter portion of the century with its original architectural details intact is a prize indeed. For those of us that weren't so lucky, restoration is often in order to breathe life back in to the interior architecture. But it is worth treading carefully. Rather than choosing mouldings in isolation, it is important to consider them in relation to the whole interior, and to make sure you choose the style a style that suits the age of your house. We consider the options below.
- : Devon-based restorer and conservator,who specialises in highly sculptural walls and ceilings, such as the one pictured above.
- : Having restored plasterwork for the past 30 years, this south-west-London-based company works on projects across Britain and counts interior designer Rabih Hage among its clients
- : Conservators and restorers of plasterwork, including historical lime plasterwork.
- : Specialists in the restoration of plasterwork in Grade I- and Grade II-listed buildings, working closely with English Heritage to create authentic mouldings.
- : Architectural Mouldings This Lancashire-based company has restored plasterwork in everything from churches and town halls to castles and country houses for the past 20 years. The team was responsible for the ornate plasterwork at Burrow Hall, which won an award from the Georgian Group in 2015.
- : Conservator that specialises in ceilings and stucco and freehand modelling. It has workshops in Berkshire, Somerset and Norfolk.
- : Bristol-based restorer that manufactures plasterwork to match existing damaged designs.