How To Create A Georgian Interior

The Georgian era stretched from 1714-1837 and is often divided into three parts; the Palladian, early and late periods. As the Georgian period progressed designs became slightly lighter in colour and embellishment until interior influences eventually moved towards Regency style and decor.

The Georgian period became famous for its elegant interior style and design and a great deal of interest was taken in furnishings and decor during this time. Books on decorating techniques and styles became available for the first time and many wealthy people undertook ‘The Grand Tour’ in which they visited many cities around Europe and brought back interior and architectural ideas relating to the countries they had seen.

During the Early Georgian period colour schemes embraced the use of colour with deep reds, sage and pewter grey but as the period progressed colours became softer and more muted in tone with the use of sky blue, pastel pink and dove grey alongside basic white and earthen stone hues. There is a vast range of Period colours available from some of today’s paint manufactures that perfectly recreate the decor and ambiance of this historic period.

Wallpaper was hugely popular during the Georgian period with simple patterned designs being the most popular choice for the majority or home interiors. Repeat prints such as trefoils, floral motifs and fleur de lis looked extremely elegant in the sumptuous and sophisticated colour palettes of the era. In the later part of the Georgian period block patterned and geometric prints began to be introduced with stripes, squares and angular patterns that were simple and versatile in design. Complimentary muted shades or a balance of light and dark could be used for a more striking interior backdrop.

Panels and mouldings were a universal feature in Georgian home interiors. Simple panelling, dado rails and coving were used as a visual feature on an otherwise plain and linear wall and a selection of different colours and tones were used to create shading and detail inside the panels. Moulding were intricate in design and were artistically made to look like rich and opulent ribbons and fabrics and often featured classical characters and urns. These can be seen in the designs of Robert Adam that were influenced by his visits to Italy and Greece. If you are lucky enough to have original Georgian mouldings in your home then ensure you have them professionally restored or if you are recreating this look in a modern home, there are many attractive reproductions that will transform your home interior.

One of the most famous names of the Georgian period has to be Thomas Chippendale. His instantly recognisable designs have been made popular again with recent historic revivals and interior trends. An interior designer and talented furniture and cabinet maker; his designs are heavily influenced by oriental motifs with a splash if Gothic style and influence. His famous chairs were furnished with sumptuous glazed cotton fabrics and featured classic Georgian floral prints. His keen eye as an interior designer meant that his chosen upholstery could be matched to the curtains, bedding and cushions of the home for a universal colour scheme and design.

Fireplaces were a grand and central feature of Georgian living rooms and parlours and were intricately and ornately designed to match the mouldings and panelling of their interior surroundings. Mantelpieces were decorated with ornamental swags and urns and featured classic columns and pillars to each side of the design. Metal grates were a common feature and fire screens were often painted in complimentary classical prints or matching colour palettes that blend perfectly into the overall interior colour scheme.

Ornaments and embellishments were often centralised around the fire place area to draw the eye to its detail and intricacy. Porcelain and bronze ornaments would often be seen along a mantelpiece or sideboard and lacquered artwork with oriental influences were hung in a formal pattern along the wall panels for added detail and colour. Large and eye catching mirrors made a great focal point when hung above a fireplace, bed or cabinet with classical designs and European styles, such as this beautiful item (right) by famous furniture maker George Hepplewhite taking centrestage within the home.

 

For more ideas on creating your very own Georgian inspired interior, take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Georgian Interiors or for a selection of furniture items that will compliment this historic design then check out our sumptuous Georgian Furniture collection.

Colour Trend – Cobalt

From eastern style homes to royal palaces COBALT has long been a colour that has been adopted into interiors as it provides a bright yet sophisticated feel to both traditional and contemporary interior styles.

This eye-catching colour works wonderfully with a wide range of complimentary tones and patterns to provide a sense of illuminating cheerfulness that is perfect for the upcoming summer months. Its fresh tones provide a serene and relaxing setting in which to unwind. We have put together some of our favourite ways to incorporate this colour trend into any home interior.

 

1. Eastern Designs

Moroccan interiors are a hot talking point in the interior design world this season. With their vibrant colours and laid back stylings, Moroccan homes exude a bright and summery feel and create a chilled out atmosphere that is perfect for living areas or conservatories. You can partner your Cobalt colour choice with other bold and contrasting hues such as fushia, purple, red and yellow for a rainbow of colour and detail or alternatively you can choose to partner Cobalt with complimentary blues, aquamarines or simple whites for a beach side coastal theme.

 

Cobalt blue is one of the statement colours in oriental style interiors and is usually balanced by crisp white to accentuate its bright and opulent tones. Traditional willow pattern pottery is a key addition to any oriental style interior and can be displayed in a dresser or as a wall art arrangement for a statement feature wall. This fabulous pattern also works great as a wallpaper as it provides just enough colour and detailing without being too overpowering.

 

2. Georgian Interiors

Georgian style interiors are well known for embracing colours and patterns that had been ignored in previous eras. Greens, mustards and reds were adopted into homes alongside rich and luxurious cobalt and royal blue tones. This sumptuous colour worked fabulously alongside crisp white walls and perfectly complimented darker hardwood furniture to create a lighter and brighter interior ambiance. Floral patterns looked beautiful with a splash of cobalt whilst classic pottery such as Wedgewood adopted many designs inspired by oriental imagery and nature.

 

3. Contemporary Interiors

Modern interior design is often categorized into two main styles; Minimal and colorful. Cobalt blue has been celebrated across the board over the past few years and has transcended from the catwalk to the interior design  world. This fabulously vibrant colour fits equally well into minimal and bold modern homes. It adds a ‘colour pop’ to stark and minimal style homes whilst its rich and vibrant nature means that it can stand side by side with equally bold colours for a truly psychadelic modern feel. This colour works particularly well as a statement piece of wall art or as funky LED lighting that provides a bright yet chilled out atmosphere in any room of the home.

 

4. Accessories

Cobalt accessories are a great way of injecting this bold colour into your home without the need to completely change your entire interior canvas. A simple lamp, vase, bowl or photo frame can create an eye-catching feature that looks particularly good against a plain wall or painted furniture item.

Cushions and fabrics create a rich textural and visual aesthetic and look great in a wide range of complimentary and contrasting tones and patterns.

 

5. Furniture

Unlike many other bold painted furniture items, cobalt items are not reserved simply for contemporary homes or retro interiors. Cobalt painted pieces look equally beautiful in both modern and traditional settings and can be personalised using on trend chrome or antique style handles to accommodate your interior style. Why not try your hand at transforming some of your old or mismatched furniture items using a bold cobalt wood paint and a little elbow grease.

 

For all original photography and many more Cobalt inspired interior ideas, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Cobalt Colour Trend