Decorating your home
As you survey the bare, echoeing halls of your recently
built dream home, you are probably wondering how to make
the place a bit more livable.
Good news! Decorating your home does not have to be expensive.
If your finances are a bit tight after splurging on a lavish
new abode, you can save money and gather raw materials yourself,
purchase a few inexpensive things from the shops in town,
grow a few plants, and you are all set.
More good news: recent changes have brought new interesting
items such as rugs, tapestries, lamp posts, granite tables,
and plants, with which to deck our halls. These items can
be obtained from crafters, as rewards for completing bulk
orders, or by the adventurous types in dungeon Doom.
If you fancy something that no crafter can make, such as
a stylish fish tank, comfy couch or a cozy fireplace, don't
despair! With a bit of creativity, you can build all of
these things and more out of common household items. A look
at the tips page and the
Decorating Ideas will help
you and perhaps give you ideas for your own creations.
Tools of the Trade
You don't need a lot to start decorating your home:
- The single most useful tool is the Interior Decorator
that allows you to raise, lower and turn locked-down items.
You can obtain these from the Architects in most carpentry
shops in town, for about 10.000 gold. Though a bit pricey,
you'll find this tool invaluable for your decorating efforts.
- Another useful item is a hatchet ,
to remove add-ons or trash barrels with. If you remove
an add-on, you will receive back the deed for it.
very handy to have a craftsman on hand, and sufficient
tools and raw materials for him or her to work with.
- Being able to recall or gate to town and back will prove
convenient, as you'll aways find that you will need a
few odds and ends from the shops in town.
- It's a good idea to have a dye tub and a few dyes on
hand. A furniture dye tub should not be hard to come by
the Interior Decorator is easy. This tool operates in one
of tree modes, Up, Down, or Turn. Double-click the tool
and targeting a locked-down item will raise, lower or turn
the item according to the mode that the decorator's tool
is set to. The Turn function is useful for making chairs
and such face the right way around a table.
When you use the tool for the first time, you will be presented
with the menu to set the desired mode. You can bring up
this menu and change the mode again, by using the tool on
There are a few rules to keep in mind when decorating your
- You can lock down blocking objects near stairs or doors,
since the Age of Shadows.
- Home-grown plants are a bit tricky: you can walk through
some of them, but not through others.
- You cannot raise items more than 15 'clicks' above the
floor or lower them below the floor when using the decorator
tool (but see the tips
page for additional information).
- If you attempt to place a house add-on that comes in
deed form, the item appears in the tile you have clicked,
extending southwards or eastwards (depending on the orientation
of the item). An item that is said to be 'facing east'
will run north-south, ie. with its longest side facing
east. Similarly, an add-on 'facing south' will be turned
with its longest side facing south, like in the images
If you place an add-on in the wrong spot, or if you just
wish to remove a previously placed add-on, simply use
a hatched and target the add-on. It will disappear and
the deed for the add-on will be returned to you in your
The last rule is more like a suggestion, presented with
the risk of being accused as the 'style police'.
is hard to give examples of things that are 'wrong' by definition:
what may seem wrong to one person might be just the thing
that another person is trying to achieve. It would be very
strange to have an otherwise normal-looking house with one
room filled with bones and blood.... unless you're Bluebeard.
An evil wizard would not be living in a pinkish 'my little
pony' house... unless he's trying to hide the fact that
Make good use of color and pay attention to the effect
of a particular piece on the look and feel of your house:
a regular granite table looks okay in a sandstone house,
but if your place is built out of white marble, such a table
will make the place look even colder than it already seems.
Likewise, torches look very good in dressed stone houses
such as the pre-build small and large towers, but in the
Tudor style houses one would expect the more civilised lanterns.
Try to set the purpose of each rooms as you would in your
real house. You probably wouldn't have guests entering the
house through the bedroom or through a workshop. Having
your dining hall on the ground floor and the kitchen on
the 3rd floor would be rather inconvenient.
As in real life, the nicest looking homes are those in
which the owner has achieved a good balance. A balance between
the materials and colors of his house,and the furniture
in it. A balance between the purpose of each room and the
chosen decoration in it. The look and atmosphere of a house
is a statement about the personality of the owner.