His chambers here have no furniture as his household never moved in. The only furniture is his bedstead in his bedchamber, but there are no bed draperies or bedclothes.
I was amazed at the colors at Stirling - our guide stated that they believe that the colors are accurate. There are outer chambers, receiving chambers (where you would perhaps have an audience with the King or Queen) then their inner chambers, which were their bedchambers. As you made your way from the outer chambers inward, the walls and ceilings became more decorative.
The outer waiting chamber for the King. Impressing you with his Coat of Arms.
The ceiling, plain, yet the color scheme of blue and orange surprised me.
Still in the outer chamber, the decorative painting continues up over the windows.
This is the ceiling of the receiving room, where the King would receive you. The people whose reliefs are shown were in the Kings line etc, showing his right to rule as well as his power. This is impressive in 2013 and imagine how amazing it would have been in the 1500's.
This is in the Kings bedchamber - more impressive painting, though this room has no curtains or furniture other than the bedstead.
The ceiling in his bedchamber is impressive too. I can't imagine how many hours the painters laid on their backs and painted these designs.
Part of the kings bedstead. Due to people in the room, I couldn't get a good shot of the whole thing. With out the bed draperies and bedding it is very plain.
This is in the next room where the Queen slept.
Isn't the contrast amazing? Her room was fully furnished as she did move in here with her infant daughter.
This is the ceiling in her bedchamber.
A close up of the painting on the walls.
Now we are in the Queen's receiving room. These tapestries are symbolic - telling the life of Christ (symbolized by the unicorn).
This is where she would sit and receive you.
Everything, but the tapestries is painted. Even where it looks like red fabric draped around the room. It is truly amazing.
This is the outer chamber for the queen - the plainest of the rooms. Still always showing their power and their right to rule.
I was so impressed with the detail of the paintings, and colors that were used. Now, granted this is a castle, and the King had much greater resources to be able to have his home be beautiful and impressive. But when we went to Skye and saw how crofters lived, it was much plainer and in small homes. Yet it was still made cozy and homey and decorative, within their means.
I think it speaks to that desire in all of us to make our homes warm, and inviting, and using what we have available to us to beautify them.
What do you think?
ps - these photos are all taken with my iPhone and I did a little editing on some of them with Picmonkey. One day soon I'll show you some of Lindsay's photos.