Make the move toward Georgian and Victorian period features
They say interior trends, much like fashion, come around in 20-year cycles. But while patterns, hues and unique features frequently fall in and out of favour, period architecture and character is a stalwart of interior design.
Even if your home is a modern box of clean lines and contemporary styling, there are many ways you can introduce period features into your home. Here, we take a look at the most effective ways of adding the period’s grandeur and charm to any interior.
Choose panelled doors for striking effect
Victorian and Georgian features exude timeless elegance. Interior design of the time was dark, moody and dramatic and while grander statements including sash windows and stained glass may not be that feasible to implement in your home, the right internal doors can easily recreate an authentic period look. Deuren’s Victorian and Georgian panelled doors are beautifully in keeping with the features of the time but have all the benefits of a modern door, including hinges and a matching frame. Plus, we can colour match any shade to ensure the doors complement existing schemes.
Make the most of trims and moulding
Whether you’re lucky enough to have a ceiling rose (elaborate plaster patterning around the light hanging), picture or dado rails, make a feature of them and don’t hide them away. These architectural features add ornate decoration and interest to any room and they should be highlighted. Do this by painting the ceiling and the space above the picture rail in white or another neutral hue. Colour blocking in this way helps to define the space and its period features and add even more character to the room.
Statement floor tiles are back in a big way. Encaustic tiles were an ornate feature of Victorian hallways – if you’re lucky you may even find them underneath your current floor coverings. If not, you can buy them new or opt for reclaimed tiles for added authenticity. In recent years, the hallway has become an oft-overlooked room, but tiling in this way can ensure it becomes one of the most intriguing and stylish rooms in the house.
Break up room layouts
If you live in an older house and you’re looking to make the most of its unique character, consider dividing larger rooms into zones. Use rugs, elongated furniture and seating in long spaces to differentiate between dining and living areas or even partition off a cosy snug for quiet, relaxing evenings.
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