Leighten House

Frederic, Lord Leighton created a space that was at once a home, a studio and an architectural expression of his artistic creed – his 'private palace of art'. Each floor is crammed to the rafters with paintings, sculptures, and magnificently tiled rooms.

It is a two-storey Arab Hall building contains Leighton's collection of more than 1,000 tiles collected in the Middle East. Like most of the Victorian places it was also a symphonic riot of colour and Islamic patterns.

The interior of the house demonstrates aesthetic décor, wooden furniture and Oriental objects, specifically marbled pillars, flock and Morris wallpapers on each wall.

The historic decorative scheme was reconstructed for the interiors and magnificent Arab Hall gilded ceiling dome, newly illuminated by the refurbished gasolier. raftsmen produced silk wall coverings and flock wallpaper using 19th Century methods.