Replacing broken or missing details is a straightforward matter, unless you plan to install a fire surround. If you are starting from scratch, there are plenty of posts that will tell you which styles are appropriate to the age and scale of your home.
Reproduction mouldings, which are available in a wide range of styles and materials, are easy to install. Those made from synthetic
An open staircase creates a dramatic focal point in any hall or circulation area, and as it is partly transparent, it can help to make a small space seem bigger. It should, however, be good to look at from every angle, so it is not necessarily the cheapest option, and any items stored under the stairs will need to be attractively organized.
You don’t have to live in a castle or chateau to indulge a taste for panelled walls: a relief grid pattern made from timber strips looks good in any moderately high-ceilinged room. Painting them the same colour as the walls, as in this instance, allows attention to be focused on both the fireplace and the furnishings materials, such as polythene, are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing once they are fixed and painted, but do check that they exactly match any existing mouldings in profile and scale. If the range at your local store looks a bit basic, you can combine simple mouldings and rails to imitate grander effects. A skirting board, for example, can be made deeper by topping it with a profiled moulding. Alternatively, it may be possible to cast replacements from broken examples or from items that have survived in the home of a friendly neighbour.
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