We cannot imagine classical mansions without mouldings, rosettes, frames, nor other decorative elements. These were very often gilded and patinated. Again, the quality and the finish are of great importance: the flower petal perfectly hemmed, its proportion, the thickness of the frame in relation to the work of art. The frame with continuous carving (using traditional moulding paste as finish or carved in solid wood) definitely distinguishes itself from roughly chopped baguettes, where the angle’s pattern rarely corresponds.
When simply plastered walls are seen dressed with these sumptuous elements, they take on a royal appearance, even more if we decide to gild them with gold leaf.
Discover the process below:
The patina that we apply on the leaf has a great influence on the finish. Red gives warmth to copper or gold foil and its sheen brings a lovely lavishness to a room. Personally, I find that the gold colour completes with ease the decoration of a hall or a bedroom. I went on to discover the necessary techniques to the installation of gold plating, because on one hand, it greatly fascinates me, and on the other hand, to have the capacity to explain to clients what finish adorns the furniture they order. Few people master this art, but after sustained research, I finished by finding a master instructor in the region of Westerlo. I received an adequate and solid training, that allowed me to quickly discern the essential terms and acts of the profession.
Gilding truly attracts light and brings sunshine into a room. It complements every colour and will emphasize it and make it more plump, or on the contrary soften it, or even make it stand out. Sometimes, even a fine line is enough to bring this luminous effect.
A delicate art
With the required patience, I studied this delicate art, and the overall transformation of an object. Of course, the techniques used aren’t new. On the contrary: during the time of ancient Egypt, they were already applied. Here we are again, to square one: timelessness. A fine gold layer on railheads and ornaments, distinguishing itself from a wrought iron gate, considerably prolongs its lifetime, and highlights the particular features of this item, as if it was illuminated.