A major restoration of the first floor of the Royal Pavilion was carried out from the late 1980s until the mid-1990s.

The intention behind the restoration was to present the majority of the building as a complete Regency design, as George IV, his architect and his designers intended.

Photograph of the Yellow Bow Room (North), furnished with a satinwood bed. The red vase and flower chintz draperies were reconstructed using an original James Arrowsmith design of c1819
The Yellow Bow Room (North)

The restoration was carried out alongside major repairs to the fabric of the building, during which fragments of original decoration were found in situ. These, along with stored original items, were used as samples so that the pigments used could be identified. This was done not only to inform the restoration process, but to increase our knowledge and understanding of Regency decorative painting practice.