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Specialist Decorating, Fine Decoration, Gilding and Ornate Plaster. 

Specialist decorating typically refers to a specific area or aspect of the decorating industry that requires specialised skills, knowledge, and expertise. At SJM Fine Decoration and Gilding, we are experts in all areas of decoration.  
Here are some examples of specialist decoration that we undertake - 
Faux Finishing:  
This involves creating decorative finishes that imitate the appearance of materials such as marble, wood grain, or stone. Faux finishing is employed to achieve various aesthetic goals and is used in a range of situations. It is very cost-effective as Faux finishing allows for the replication of expensive materials, such as marble or wood, at a fraction of the cost. It provides a more affordable alternative whilst still achieving a high-end look. With such versatility in design faux finishing offers greater design flexibility as it allows for customisation and experimentation with different patterns, colours and textures. It can be used to create unique and personalised spaces. 
In the restoration of historic buildings, faux finishing can be utilised to recreate original decorative elements that may have been damaged or lost over time. It helps maintain the historical integrity and aesthetics of the structure. Faux finishing can be used to conceal or repair surface imperfections, such as cracks or blemishes, without the need for extensive and costly replacements. It provides a way to restore the appearance of damaged surfaces. 
It can also enhance visual interest; faux finishing can add depth, character, and visual interest to otherwise plain or monotone surfaces. It can transform dull walls, ceilings, or furniture into focal points, making them more visually appealing. 
Faux finishing can be employed to create specific themes or atmospheres within a space. For example, a rustic wood grain finish might be used to evoke a cosy and warm ambience in a cabin-style interior. Faux finishing can also be utilised in commercial spaces, such as hotels, restaurants, or retail stores, to create a unique branding or design statement. It helps businesses stand out and create memorable environments. It's also ideal for temporary design changes! Faux finishing can be a suitable choice when you desire a particular look but may not want to commit to permanent changes. It offers the flexibility to alter the appearance without major renovations. 
Overall, faux finishing provides a cost-effective, versatile, and aesthetically pleasing solution for a variety of situations, allowing individuals to achieve desired decorative effects and create visually striking spaces 
Trompe-l'oeil is a French term that translates to "deceive the eye." It is a technique used in visual arts to create realistic imagery that tricks the viewer into perceiving the depicted objects or scenes as three-dimensional, even though they are actually two-dimensional representations. The goal of trompe-l'oeil is to create an optical illusion, blurring the line between reality and art. 
Trompe-l'oeil can be used in various contexts and situations, including: 
Interior Design 
Stage Design 
Decorative Arts 
Advertising and Signage 
Historical Preservation 
Trompe-l'oeil is a versatile technique that can be used in various artistic and design applications to captivate the viewer's imagination and create visually striking illusions. Its purpose is to add depth, intrigue, and a touch of magic to the visual experience. 
Painting large-scale, detailed artworks on walls or ceilings, often depicting landscapes, portraits, or other thematic elements. 
Applying a thin layer of gold leaf or metallic leaf to surfaces, such as frames, furniture, or architectural details, to create a luxurious and decorative effect. 
Using pre-cut stencils to apply patterns, motifs, or designs onto walls, floors, or other surfaces. 
Restoration and Conservation:  
Specialising in the restoration and preservation of historic buildings, artworks, or decorative elements. 
Venetian Plaster:  
Applying multiple layers of plaster and burnishing it to create a smooth and marble-like finish. 
Wallpaper Hanging:  
Focusing on the installation and application of various types of wallpaper, including delicate or intricate designs. 
Colour Consultation:  
SJM can provide expertise in selecting and coordinating colors for interior or exterior spaces, taking into account lighting, architectural elements, and the desired atmosphere. 
Painting Polished Plaster and Restoration of Ornate Plaster. 
Painting polished plaster and restoring ornate plaster are meticulous processes that demand thorough preparation and attention to detail. Here is a general overview of these procedures: 
Preparation: The surface must be meticulously cleaned, removing any previous coatings through sanding or chemical stripping. Afterward, it is essential to allow the surface to dry completely. 
Repair: Prior to painting, any cracks, chips, or damages should be carefully repaired. This entails filling damaged areas with a suitable filler and smoothing it out through sanding. 
Priming: A high-quality primer is applied to ensure proper adhesion and establish a uniform base for the topcoat. 
Painting: The surface is painted using a compatible paint specifically designed for polished or ornate plaster. It is crucial to select a paint that won't harm the plaster and provides optimal results. Achieving a satisfactory finish may necessitate multiple thin coats of paint. 
Finishing: Once the paint has dried, the surface is gently sanded to eliminate brush marks and other imperfections. Finally, a clear topcoat is applied to safeguard the paint and enhance the luster of the polished plaster. 
In the case of ornate plaster restoration, additional steps may be involved. These could include repairing or recreating intricate details that have deteriorated or gone missing over time. Restoration might involve molding or casting replacement pieces or employing meticulous handwork to revive the original details. 
It's important to note that each project is unique, and the specific steps for painting polished or ornate plaster can vary depending on factors such as the surface condition, desired outcome, and available tools and materials. For successful results, it's advisable to consult with SJM Fine Decoration and Gilding, who possess years of experience in these specialised projects. 
These are just a few examples of the specialist decorating services that SJM offer! Call us today to discuss your project and let us create your vision! 
SJM Fine Decoration and Gilding is a highly skilled and experienced team of decorators specialising in a wide range of decorative services. With over 35 years of expertise in the trade, we have had the privilege of working in renowned locations across the country and overseas, including South East Asia and various parts of Europe. Our portfolio encompasses a diverse range of projects, spanning from historic and heritage buildings to opulent private homes, commercial residences, and even luxurious super yachts. 

Fine Decoration and Gilding  

Luxury Interior Decoration 
Restoration and Conservation 
Polished Plaster 
Specialist paint Effects 
Historic Paint Analysis & Colour Matching 
Wallpaper and Fabric Wall coverings 
Trompe L'oeil 


Red silk walls and gilding
Beautiful faux marble columns along with this metallic glazed niche in the grand reception room of this amazing home.
Another floor done in this heritage building carried out by SJM flooring division.
Heraldric shield
Ightham Mote
On our knightsbridge project we have a large variety of bespoke venetian plaster finishes, all created by us specifically to the meet the clients taste. These are some wall panels in progress in the underground car park.
St Paul's Cathedral
Lantern window in Windsor Castle
Bespoke Specialist paint finishes applied to the ceiling beds on our knightsbridge project.
Royal Courts of Justice
Polished wood bar
Completed stone block paint effect in the staircase & entrance hall of this beautiful private residence in Kensington Square.
French polished wood panelling in church
Gilded ceiling dome
Recently completed these beautifully gilded coffered ceilings in 23.5 carat gold leaf in a luxury Mayfair residence.
Panelled and gilded ceiling
SJM took on the French Polishing of the heritage panelling in a famous London Hall.

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