Frequently Asked Questions
We get people contacting us all the time with various questions regarding Building, Lighting and Decoration of Miniature Houses. Hopefully the question and answers we have here will help. If you have any questions of your own please feel free to email us.
Decorating Your Dolls House Where do you start when decorating your dolls house?
A : Planning is the most important thing to consider. Don't rush into the decorating process without putting your ideas onto paper. In order to help you, we have put together some points as a guide to thinking it through.
1: Decide on the style/period for your house.
2: Draw out a plan and decide on the rooms you want to include.
3: Choose your colour schemes depending on the type of rooms.
4:Think about whether you are going to put lighting in your house. You need to decide on wall lights or ceiling lights.
*If you are using wall lights it's a good idea to decorate your rooms before installing.
*If you are using ceiling lights remember to leave your flooring till last, as this will cover the wiring on the floor above.
Q: What is the best paint to use on my dolls house?
A: Always remember to use a good quality silk paint, as you will get a better finish!. No need to prime the surface before painting. Whether painting onto MDF or Plywood, just give it 2 or 3 thin coats for best results. Use a small roller when possible to give that professional look.
Never use gloss paint when working with miniatures as the high shine achieved will kill the scaling and make your master piece look unreal! The only exception to this would be the front door, as it is a small area.
Q: What is the best thing to use for hanging wallpaper?
A: Believe it or not and we've hung many wallpapers you can't go wrong with using a good quality all purpose wallpaper adhesive.
The secret to good miniature papering is to paste the wall and the paper. This stops the paper from drying out and gives you good slide movement for these miniature matching patterns.
A good tip when papering is to make a couple of good templates for your wall areas and trim paper to size before hanging. Leave about 3mm over hang at the front of wall (trim to size when dry) and 3mm round corners. Your next sheet would lay over the 3mm giving you a nice neat finish. This means you eliminate the risk of any gaps!
Lighting your Dolls Houseis better to use when installing lighting in my dolls house, ape or plugs and socket?"
A: Tolbooth Miniatures offer a lighting service in-store and our preferred method is copper tape for two reasons.
1. It gives a much neater finish on the rear of the house.
2. Your bulbs will last much longer as the wires are securely soldered into position.
Having said that plugs and socket are still a good alternative if you are unsure about soldering. One advantage to plugs and socket is you can unplug from the bar as many or as few as you like. This means you don't have to have all the lights on at the same time. The choice is yours! The main thing is to be comfortable with your choice and enjoy bringing your dolls house to life.