Specialist Decoration Masters of gilding and experts in paint finishes

We specialise in fine painting, water and oil gilding, and paint effects such as graining and marbling. Our experienced artists have worked on some of the UK's most prestigious buildings.

We've gilded and painted the intricate, opulent interiors of the Tower of London, the St Pancras Hotel, Strawberry Hill House, Leighton House Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and The Savoy. We also work closely with some of the world's leading interior designers.


Oil, Water & Faux Water Gilding

From highlighting small areas to gilding entire room schemes, we work on projects of all sizes using gold leaf and other metal leaf. Our experience ranges from historical, traditional interiors right through to modern, flat surfaces.

We can leave the gilding as it is, distress it or create an attractive aged patina to further enhance the overall look of a room or piece of furniture. Different types of metal leaf can be combined within a colour scheme or to complement our skilful, realistic paint effects.

Specialist Paint Finishes

From trompe l'oeil to stone blocking, we offer a wide range of cleverly painted surface finishes. We can adapt colours to suit any interior scheme and will gladly supply bespoke samples to help tailor the final finish.

As well as on walls and ceilings, many specialist paint finishes can be used on furniture. Our talented artists can make pieces look antiqued, aged or distressed, match them to a room scheme or add a contrasting, complementary finish.

Oil Gilding

Oil Gilding

Gilding techniques involve applying fine gold leaf or powder to give solid materials a thin coating of gold. Oil gilding – also known as mordant gilding – is one of the most commonly used methods. Oil…

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Water Gilding

Gilding gives solid materials a thin coating of gold or metal by applying fine leaf or powder. Water gilding is a labour intensive process that we use for furniture and smaller ornaments. Water gilding is a…

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Faux Water Gilding

Faux Water Gilding

Our faux water gilding method is unique to Angel. We developed it to produce a finish that looks like solid, polished gold or water gilding – but without the cost. We’re known for creating dynamic oil…

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Graining

Graining

Wood graining has been used for centuries to create the look of fine, expensive materials or rare, costly alternatives. It’s a true art form, as it takes a skilled eye to produce a realistic appearance.…

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Marbling

Marbling

Marbling requires true craftsmanship to realistically recreate the characteristics of marble and stone, highlighting the subtleties and details of these beautiful materials. There is evidence of marbling…

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Murals

Murals

Murals are pieces of artwork for walls, ceilings and other large surfaces. We usually paint onto canvases, which are then hung in situ – a technique that’s been used since the late 19th century. Our…

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Trompe l’Oeil

Trompe l’Oeil

Trompe l’oeil is French for ‘trick the eye’. It’s a specialist art technique that uses realistic imagery to create an optical illusion of depth and three dimensions. Used for hundreds of years –…

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Polished Plaster

Polished Plaster

We use traditional materials – such as lime, marble dust and pigments – to create tactile, versatile finishes, ranging from heavily pitted ones like travertine to glassy Venetian spatulata pastes.…

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Stone Blocking

Stone Blocking

Stone blocking is a specialist art technique that uses paint effects to recreate different types of dressed stone. Also known as faux stone blocking, it enhances spaces and adds interest to walls and other…

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