Historic HomesTraditional Home Office & Library, London
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I’m drawn to this room for its ‘feels’. While it’s quite far from how I envisage our own snug, it’s a brilliant example of a design that gives off a sense of a room that has a story to tell; memories have been made here and, for me, it achieves a combination of both being grand yet accessible at the same time. And that is something we aim to achieve.The colour green seems to be cropping up in an awful lot of my ideabooks, too. While it might be a bit much to paint the whole house green, the great thing about the colour is that not only can you mix numerous shades of it together, it also makes a great backdrop for other colours, too – you only have to look outside the window at nature for evidence of that.
Know when to repair and when to replaceLet’s start with coving, which is the moulding you’re most likely to consider repairing. If the coving isn’t too badly damaged and there are only a few areas that need attention, it’s worth getting a quote from a coving craftsperson, who can assess the damage and how many sections will need resculpting. He or she will work on site to reproduce the damaged bits and restore it to its former glory. Alternatively, if your coving has larger areas that need repairing or replacing, and the design isn’t too ornate, you can make a template and send it to a company that will reproduce whole sections for you. There’s normally a set-up cost involved – usually around £200 for 2m to 10m. Another option is to remove all of the coving and replace it with an off-the-shelf design in a similar size (it’s very unusual to find an exact match). This is a much more cost-effective solution where there’s lots of damage. The same rules apply to wooden skirting boards, architraves, picture rails and dado rails.