Making a dollhouse is an effort of love and there are various factors that need to be considered to make a beautiful and cohesive dollhouse. First comes the dollhouse building materials which include the main body of the dollhouse, its windows, sidings, doors, trimmings and moldings, most of which are made up of basswood. Shell is the main component of a doll house and plywood and gator board are usually used to build it. A cheaper alternative to them is Luan plywood which is cost-effective and consequently of the lower quality. This type of plywood tends to warp and chip more easily and faster than ordinary plywood due to its thickness. Shell is also made up of birch plywood which is of the better quality and is mostly used to make cabinets. One of the most preferred dollhouse building materials is the MDF or the medium density fiber board which is available at almost the same price but provides good quality and superior finish to the dollhouse. The new trend is to use gator board to make dollhouses as it has a great ability to keep the moisture away from the wood.
Then the next step comes to the decoration of the house, which is much easier than it appears. It can be a time-taking process but is great fun to see the empty shell of dollhouse turn into a wonderful home. A dollhouse can be decorated by using doll house wallpapers, paints, carpets and tiles, the most simple and common way is to decorate it by wallpaper. Doll house wallpapers can be applied not only in the interior of the home but also outside it. Brick papers can give the exterior of the house an authentic look but make sure you use the right adhesive. A special adhesive for doll house wallpapers is available in common dollhouse stores. These wallpapers are great to make a dollhouse room appear lived in and homey, and are great to emphasize the style and period of the house. You can use a cute checkered pattern for the baby room and an ornate medallion velvet print for the sitting room, the choices are endless.
Apart from placing all the furniture and accessories in the house, the most important part is to provide it with the proper lighting system. Adequate lighting can evoke that perfect feeling and mood that goes with the harmony of the well-designed dollhouse. There can be different options to use dollhouse lights whether it is dollhouse ceiling light, dollhouse wall light, street light, floor lamp, chandelier, desk lamp, lighted picture frame, fan light, bar light, yard lamp, table lamp and Christmas lights. It is better to keep the dollhouse lights elegant and subdued so that the dollhouse gets washed with the welcoming glow. For more information on dollhouse, log on to www.dollhousecollectables.com