Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Georgian Splendour

I love the Georgian era in interior design, high ceilings, sash windows, panelling, cornicing...I could go on.  That is why the boyfriend and I fell in love with old, dishevelled Beech House (a house we bought in late 2011 and are still renovating at the moment).  We loved the sash windows (although I hate, hate, hate restoring them!), we loved the panelled front door and the parquet flooring, and its many chimney's.  Although the property doesn't have all the traits of an old gentlemen's house built in the early 1800's, as it feels extremely cottagey in parts with beams in many of the rooms instead of cornicing, but this balanced our taste when house hunting for an idyllic cottage against a grand old house, you could say we have the best of both worlds.

A Grand Georgian Landing.  Accessorised with gilted frames against a neutral background.
We are now fast approaching the final decorating stage of the renovation which is incredibly exciting.  I want style and comfort with an homage to it's Georgian past.  By starting with a pale background of neutral floors and walls, you can easily build up layers of colour and tone with furniture, fabrics and accessories.  A restrained backdrop can allow for bolder choices of pattern and rich textile without ever seeming overdone.  

Here are some of my favourite Georgian interiors from my 'ideas scrapbook' which brings together traditional styles with modern touches.  


Clean & simple, letting the magnificent doors & windows be a focal point.

Grand panelling and cornicing with simple, neutral & feminine furniture

White and chic

Love the panelling, love the artwork, just love it!

A traditional room with hints of soft femininity, by using gentle pinks, mirrors an French inspired furnishings

Light and airy

An elegant staircase using bolder choices in patterned wallpaper but with neutral tones so it doesn't overpower

A gorgeous and extravagant kitchen 

Great panelling in greys for a modern take on Georgian styling
 What's your favourite design era?


   

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