We provide a wide range of services to the owners and administrators of all types of buildings, from churches and manor houses, to blocks of flats and functionalist style buildings.

The correct restoration of old buildings requires thorough preparation and expertise in construction history surveys. The purpose of a traditional colour survey is often to arrive at a colour pallet and décor that is as close to the original appearance as possible for the period you have chosen to return it to.

From a purely practical perspective the work consists of uncovering the materials attached to the outside of the building’s load-bearing structure. So-called ‘colour steps’ or a narrow strip of an uncovered layer of paint show the colour history of a specific location in a building.

The survey can also be performed by studying a cross-section of the paint under a microscope. When painted décor is found, such as veining, marbling or lines or stencilling, larger areas should be uncovered to obtain a correct impression of the variations in colour and pattern.

The results of the surveys are combined with information from historical sources that assist with interpretation and dating. Customer reports will usually contain detailed overviews of a building’s decorative and construction history.

A large number of colour analyses are recorded in our NIKU’s database of colours and décor in older buildings. NIKU’s colour experts can, using information from previous analyses, also provide advice on the correct use of colours and materials for the historical style where parts of the historical source materials have been lost.

NIKU’s conservators are all members of the Nordic Association of Conservators (NKF-N) and comply with the association’s professional standards.