Architectural Paint Research
Architectural paint research (APR) studies the evolution of painted decoration schemes in a building: how paint and colour were used to articulate architecture. This includes wall surfaces and architectural elements such as mouldings, panelling, skirting boards, metal railings, cornices, doors and windows.
Like wall painting conservation, it requires research in art and architectural history, with a detailed understanding of painting techniques and materials over time.
APR is usually commissioned to understand and recreate the decoration scheme of a particular historical period. Through the examination of the layers of surviving paint as evidence, APR may also greatly contribute to our knowledge of the structural development of a building.
For more information on architectural paint research in England, please refer to our Further reading list.