We cannot imagine classical mansions without mouldings, rosettes, frames, nor other decorative elements which are very often gilded or patinated. The quality and the finish of these are of great importance: the flower petal perfectly hemmed, its proportion and 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 angles’ pattern rarely corresponds.
When simply plastered walls are seen dressed with these sumptuous elements, they take on a royal appearance, and even more when they are gilded with gold leaf.
Discover the process below:
The patina we apply on the gold leaf has a major impact on the outcome. A red colour gives warmth to copper or gold foil and its sheen brings a lovely lavishness to a room. Personally, I think gold completes any decoration of a hall or bedroom. Therefore 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 I wanted to be able to explain to clients what finish adorns the furniture they order. Few people master this art, but after sustained research I found a master instructor in the region of Westerlo. From him I received an adequate and solid training that allowed me to quickly discern the essential terms and acts of the profession.
Gilding attracts light and guides sunshine into a room. Gold can complement any colour: some it emphasizes and others it softens. Even a single, fine line can do the magic trick and create a luminous effect…
A delicate art
With the required patience, I studied this delicate art and the overall transformation of an object. The techniques used obviously weren’t new. On the contrary: during the time of ancient Egypt these techniques were already being used. So there we are again: the timeless aspect of gilding. 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.