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.

How To Create A Colonial Style Interior

During the early 18th century American Colonial interior design spread heavily throughout North America, embracing many of the traditional European styles that were prominent during the era. This Interior movement features a sumptuous balance of rustic farmhouse style and sophisticated design features and can range from typical ‘every man’ interiors to rich and opulent upper class homes.

Follow our step by step guide to create an authentic and cosy Colonial style in your home interiors.

 

Decor

One of the most recognisable features of Colonial decor is the use of simple framed wall paneling. Wall panelling can be left in its natural wooden state for a rich and cosy interior feel or can be painted using traditional muted tones such as ivory, olive greens and blues for a subtle hint of colour. This wall finish can be used on entire sections of wall for an eye-catching feature or can be partnered with classic floral and botanical inspired wallpaper designs for added visual detail and a nod to the arts and crafts influences that were adopted into colonial interior design.

 

 

Floors

The colonial love of wood is also evident in its extensive use of traditional wood flooring. Mahogany, cherry and walnut were readily available during the 18th century and create a warm and rich finish that fully complimented the rustic interior decor. Floors should be polished or waxed to give a lustrous and sophisticated finish that balances the rugged and countrified grain or for a money saving alternative to this classic finish you can opt for replica laminate flooring that will provide the same visual appeal and is quick and easy to lay and maintain.

 

 

Lighting

When choosing light fittings and accessories you should opt for styles that reflect the rural nature of Colonial interiors whilst utilising the classic materials of 18th century interior design. Metal candlesticks, chandeliers and lanterns are key design features of Colonial style homes and often take centrestage within a home interior. Opt for muted finishes such as brushed chrome, pewter and iron that will compliment the muted tones and simplistic style of your decor and create a rustic yet refined colour palette within your home.

 

 

Quilts

Quilts were a way of bringing the family together and many women would come together to socialise as they each made a section of quilt for their homes or for a special occasion. Colonial style quilts generally feature patchwork designs with a hint of rustic gingham and classic colours. These multifunctional quilts can be used as a throw for a sofa or seating area, as sumptuous bedding or can be pinned to a wall as an alternative to traditional wall art.

 

 

Furniture

Handmade furniture provided functional and stylish focal points in Colonial interiors and were lovingly crafted from pine, maple or walnut to provide strong and visually elegant items. Tables, dressers and rocking chairs were popular designs and reflected the honesty and simplicity of rural country living. Wide baseboards, plinth tops and skirtings are recognisable colonial furniture features and can be easily adopted into contemporary homes as many modern furniture styles still use these tried and tested furniture features within their designs.

 

For all original photography and many more ideas on how to transform your home into a Colonial haven, check out our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Colonial Interiors or for hardwood furniture ideas head over to our website - Hardwood Furniture.

 

 

 

Colour Trend – Navy

We are taking a look at one of the hottest colour trends to hit the interior design world this season – Navy!

Far from being the dark and mundane colour that some people consider it to be, Navy can be a sophisticated and glamorous alternative to black and can be styled in a wide range of contemporary and classic interiors. Bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms and hallways; this wonderful colour trend will elegantly transform any room in your home.

For all original images and amazing Navy inspired, interior ideas check out our latest Pinterest board Pinterest – Navy Colour Trend

Colour palettes

 

Navy is a fabulously versatile colour choice that features a vast range of shades to suit all interior tastes. From rich Royal blues to fresh nautical hues, navy can create a strong feature colour that will be the focal point of your interior or a opulent accent colour for a splash of regal accessorising in your home interior.

 

Why not put your own stamp on this years popular monochrome trend by adopting a navy and white scheme instead of traditional black. Navy also works brilliantly well with strong and vibrant colours such as Pink, Yellow and Green as well as illuminating metallic tones such as Silver and Gold for an glamorous renaissance style ambiance.

 

 

 

 

 

Accessories

Navy accessories are the perfect way to add a splash of colour into a neutral interior. Navy works particularly well against white to give a bright and vibrant interior feel. Oriental Blue vase patterns have made a massive comeback this season and can be used to accessorise a white painted console table or bedside or can be adopted as wall art to create a visually stunning focal point in your home. Navy fabrics also work well in geometric patters and clashing colours for a real eye-catching interior addition.

 

Walls and Floors

Wall panelling and bold wallpaper has become increasingly popular this season and when combined with the Navy colour trend can produce truly stunning results. Navy panelling channels the regal, period styles of grand manor houses whilst a bold navy patterned or floral wallpaper can give a slightly more contemporary feel to your interior. If you don’t fancy adopting a dark colour on your walls then why not take it down to the floor? Navy tiles, painted floorboards, carpets and rugs can give a fabulously luxurious pop of colour whilst keeping your walls neutral and bright.

 

 

Furniture

When selecting furniture for your navy interior you can opt for complimentary colours in matching shades of navy or contrasting colours for a definition of colour and tone. Navy painted furniture looks beautiful against white neutral walls and fits wonderfully with a range of Navy accessories and fabrics so that the furniture becomes the centrepiece of your home. As an opposite choice then why not concentrate your navy colours to your walls and emphasise your colour palette with neutral white painted furniture for a bright and crisp interior finish that is sophisticated and chic.

White French Ornate Bed

White French Ornate Bed

Decorating Alternatives – Perfect Panelling

Wallpaper is so last season! Over at Pinterest this week we are celebrating the latest hot trend to hit the interior design world…Wall panelling!

Head over to Pinterest – Perfect Panelling for the source of original images.

The beauty of wall panelling is the vast range of styles, colours and sizes that can be bought from most DIY and decorating supply stores. From traditional square and rectangular edged panelling to more contemporary and unique designs you will be sure to find a style to suit your tastes. Decorative wall panelling also has the added bonus of being simple to apply to your walls and simple to remove when you fancy a change (no more wallpaper scrapers!!)

Traditional panelling

Traditional oak and mahogany panelling is most regularly featured in stately homes, Georgian interiors and Victorian styled rooms. Its simple yet sophisticated design usually covers half way up the interior walls allowing you to accompany the panelling with any complimentary paint finish and also looks wonderful with matching cornice, door frames and skirting boards for added uniformity.

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Wall Panels

The past few years have seen an exciting development in the manufacture of contemporary and innovative wall panels. With amazing designs such as jigsaw pieces, textured images, 3D shapes and geometric designs you can create a piece of unique and sculptural artwork on any interior wall. You can use this modern panelling as an eye-catching feature wall or be brave and apply it the the entire room for a textural and illuminating ambiance.

 

 

 

Painted Panelling

If you find neutral interior a little boring then fear not! Painted panelling can add a much needed splash of colour to even the blandest of home interiors. Panelling can be bought pre-painted in a variety of light and vivid colour palettes or you can paint your panelling yourself to create a completely personalised colour choice for your interior. Whether you choose full wall panelling or a simple accent wall, an injection of colour can transform the mood and feel of your interior.

 

 

 

Complimentary additions.

The final key to creating a successful wall panelled interior is your choice of complimentary furniture. Finding furniture with similar shapes, colours and tones will finish this look and create a comfortable and functional interior space. French painted furniture is very complimentary with painted wall panels French Furniture whilst sleek mirrored furniture items Mirrored Furniture can look striking when paired with a contemporary 3D panel design  But if your a fan of the original and traditional framed wall panelling then you can select an oak or mahogany furniture collection that features complimentary panels for a elegant and sophisticated interior look. French Regal Oak

 

French Regal Oak Dresser

French Regal Oak Dresser

 

Get the Look – Coastal Living

Sun, sand and style…you can sit back relax in a sumptuous summer interior with the latest interior trend – Coastal Living. Cool and calming colours and a blend of nautical tones and accessories are the key to achieving a stunning seaside look in your home this summer season.

Just follow these simple and stylish steps to create a beach front haven in your home.

Original images and ideas for this look can be found on our latest Pinterest board Pinterest- Coastal Living

Accessories

The perfect coastal interior is all about getting the right accessories! Telescope accessory. Seaside nik naks, wall art and cushions will transform any home into an authentic beach front retreat. Why not become a beachcomber for the day and head to your local beach or take a long coastal walk on your next holiday and collect some shells, pebbles and driftwood that make simple and natural accessories. Plush cushions and throws make a great contrast against the wood and stone finishes that suit the nautical look whilst a large seaside art print can create a window-like scene in your interior (perfect for city dwellers).

 

Colours

When choosing the colours for your coastal interior there really is a wide range of shades and hues to suit all tastes. Traditional shabby chic coastal interiors look wonderful when teamed with cool, crisp tones such as duck egg blue, white, lilac and lemon that create a serene and peaceful interior ambiance. To capture the traditional nautical theme then opt for classic red, white and blue colours and strong striped patterns for a pop of eye-catching colour. Painted Furniture, wall boards and flooring will capture the beach hut feel and provide a chilled out space to sit and relax.

Ship Ahoy!

If your idea of coastal living is more about the high seas than seashells and sunbathing, then opt for ship themed interiors for that luxury yacht ambiance that will make you fell like Captain of your home. Stylish Porthole mirrors and clocks make a focal point in any interior whilst ships wheels, compasses, flag bunting and life belts can make a great alternative to traditional artwork. You could also update your seating options with canvas style, deckchair seating or a sumptuous captains chair for stylish and comfortable relaxation.

 

So grab those sunglasses, slip on your flippers and use your telescope to fish for some fabulous coastal furniture and accessories that will transform your interior into a calm and serene setting for all the family.