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Tudor and Jacobean


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Ø      Ideally, walls should be painted a slight greyish creamy-white to represent the aged appearance of whitewashed plaster. But, alternately, a pale terracotta or ochre colour wash could suffice just as well.


Ø      Stencilling can add pattern, especially if muted or faded colours are used. It does not need to be perfectly applied. The Tudor rose will bring the period alive, as will stylised acorns, leaves and both square and diamond patterns, not forgetting of course anything Gothic in design, with its pointed arches. Try adding some rich jewel colours in deep blue, green and red to liven up the darker ones used.


Ø      Wooden planks, stone flags or terracotta tiles make good flooring. For windows, wooden shutters would create authenticity. And dark wood or pieces painted deep brown will certainly give the right impression, especially if you can include wrought iron studs or hinges. But any furniture in solid oak will certainly help the finish.


Ø      For window dressing, velvet or heavy brocade would have been the choice of the time, along with large tasselled tie-backs and pelmets.


Ø      Other items to remember are: wall sconces for candles, brass candlesticks, pewter and wooden cups and bowls, large rush baskets for logs, tapestries hung on walls accompanied by naïve paintings of animals.