Decorative Features

Advice on the care and conservation of wall paintings and other surface finishes.
  • Detail of a wall painting at a house in Kent, showing 16th-century 'antique work'

    Wall Paintings

    Information on the care of wall paintings. How to anticipate where hidden wall paintings may exist, and what to do if you discover them.

  • The Frater pavement, Cleeve Abbey, Somerset (13th century).


    Decorative tiles are found in the walls, floors and roofs of historic buildings. They have been used as a building material for thousands of years.

  • Interior view of the Adam Library, Kenwood House, London.

    Architectural Paint Research

    Architectural paint research (APR) studies the evolution of decorative schemes in a building.