Sometimes a painting and decorating job can be a little bit more complicated than ‘magnolia all over’; sometimes painter and decorators have to go way over the extra mile. To recognise these brave souls who spent years of their lives on some of these elaborate projects to remind others that beauty knows no vertical or horizontal boundaries, we’re featuring the 10 most elaborate painting and decorating jobs. Of. All. Time.
1. British Gypsy Caravan
It might not be the most grand of abodes, but the outside and in of a traditional British caravan presumed to be from the 1850s has a surprisingly intricate paint job. Each wooden panel and carving needs it’s own hand-painted design—the more detailed the better, often gold leafed and adorned with cut glass.
2. Peacock Room in Sammezzano Castle in Tuscany
This castle in Tuscany was originally erected by a Spanish nobleman in 1605 and it has 365 rooms—one for each day of the year as it happens. Can you imagine how long that would take to decorate? Not to mention that each one has a different Moorish Revival-style design. Below is The Peacock Room, decorated in an array of glorious colours and intricate wood and metal works.
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3. Linderhof Castle in The Alps
The smallest of three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one that was ever completed, The Linderhof Palace is decorated with glorious gold paint and incredibly detailed frescoes.
4. The Church of St Nicholas, Lesser Town in Prague, Czech Republic
Widely accepted to be the most impressive piece of Prague Baroque, the church is decorated with frescos by Lukas Kracker and František Xaver Palko. The detailed sculptures and beautiful paintings makes this particular interior a masterpiece, as well as an extremely involved painting and decorating job!
Image: Species Barocus
5. The Austrian National Library
The largest library in Austria, this breathtakingly beautiful room is called the Prunksaal and is the central structure of the library. The level of detailing is immense with several frescos and sculptures by Lorenzo Mattielli.
Image: Jonathan Reid
6. Schloss Weissenstein Palace, Pommersfelden
A masterpiece of Franconian Baroque, this was originally built as a private summer house! You’ll be relieved to know that such a gorgeous interior is now open to the public—over 50,000 people flock to see it each year.
7. Grayson Perry’s House for Essex
Eccentric and modern British artist Grayson Perry recently opened his house for Essex to be let to holiday makers. Given that every aspect of the house works together to make it a living installation and it features many original works by Perry himself, you can bet this wasn’t a straightforward painting and decorating job!
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8. Khai Dinh Tomb in Hue, Vietnam
The tomb of the Nguyen Emperor Khai Dinh took an unbelievable 11 years to complete! It’s a blend of Eastern and Western culture and features dragon sculptures, 12 sculpted bodyguards and the walls are adorned with porcelain and glass.
Image: Dean Wickham
9. Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, France
The most amazing room in the Palace of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors is simply breathtaking. The seventeen arches overlook the gorgeous gardens and each arch features 21 mirrors. Back in the 17th century, mirrors were the most extravagant thing that a person could own, so it’s clear that Louis XIV used this room as a reflection of his wealth.
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10. Sistine Chapel
Possibly the most famous masterpiece of all time, nothing can beat the Sistine Chapel when it comes to breathtaking painting and decorating jobs. The chapel is quite plain from the outside, not reflecting the extravagance of what’s inside. Michaelangelo didn’t want to paint the chapel as he considered himself a sculptor rather than a painter. Have you ever agreed to do a job you weren’t that enthusiastic about? It’s crazy to think the world could have been poorer with one of its most prominent artistic masterpieces just like that. In the end, it took him four years to paint—which, when you see how detailed the results are, is surprisingly short!
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