Some of us may live in a historical home. Some of us may just simply have an absolute passion for a particular historical era. Either maintaining a historical home or creating one can be an expensive business. Practical things like restoration aside, when it comes to the decorative part, well, it can be just as expensive if not more. Quite often authentic historical furnishings are rare antiques and textiles just plain rare. And what of the walls? Handblocked or painted wallpaper can require a small mortgage. So without a large budget to match our large passion, we can be slightly thwarted. However, this is where a bit of the creative mixed with a large dollop of ingenuity comes into it. Excluding listed building issues which have strict rules that have to be adhered to, stencils can really help create an authentic historical sense. That is because they themselves have popped up throughout history. For example, when there was a wallpaper tax, people turned to stencils and paint. When there was a window tax, people bricked them in and brandished a paint brush to create trompe l'oeil versions. See, ingenuity. Stencils can work for your walls, your furniture and your fabrics to help create the period look you are after. Here we have used GMT52 a Tudor repeat from our Gothic, Medieval and Tudor range. You can even make it look like old pattern by the way you stencil the design, the colours you use and perhaps even experimenting with a bit of the finest grade of sandpaper or applying a faint colour wash over the top (practice that first on a sample board). You would be surprised how authentic stencils can look.