How to Make the Most of a Georgian Property

Georgian houses are one of the most architecturally desirable style of property in the UK. Fine examples of Georgian architecture can be found throughout inner London, much of Bristol and Bath, Edinburgh and many heritage towns across the UK. Trends in transitional style see many making the most of the period features of Georgian style, proving its timeless appeal for current design.

Whether new build or a period property, If you’re lucky enough to have your very own Georgian property,  these are the key features of style you can pronounce, add or restore to give your home a nod to its heritage.

Classical Proportions

Symmetry and proportion are at the heart of Georgian design, mimicking the classical concepts of Greek and Roman architecture. large, open rooms and high ceilings create a great sense of light and spaciousness. Many self-builders choose to emulate this aspect of Georgian style for its associations with prestige and power.

The look of clean symmetry lends grand possibilities for interior design. The entry gallery in this Georgian Revival House by american architects Historical Concepts, breathes luxury from its high ceilings, capable of lavish light fittings and grand entrance pillars to welcome guests.

Georgian design also appeals practically to the contemporary market  as much as it did back then for homing multi-generational families. With such large proportionate design, spaces are large which is great for the modern social home, where many households extend beyond the nuclear family.

 

Make a Georgian Fireplace Your Focal Point

There is no better way than making a statement with this period style than the installation of a Georgian Fireplace.

Georgian fireplace design was based on the classical orders of the era and followed strict rules of proportion whilst employing low key decorative features. Georgian fireplace design usually displays crisply executed low relief carving. The use of inlaid coloured stone and marble slips became popular, which gave a striking contrast to the neutral colouring of the fire surround.

 

The Marlborough Fireplace Surround, by J. Rotherham

J. Rotherham manufacture a range of Georgian design stone fireplaces, amongst other period fireplaces that span the greatest architectural eras. The Marlborough fireplace (pictured above) features simple detailing, yet takies centre stage with its large proportions  and contrasting granite hearth and slips.

Sash Windows

The creation of sash windows is believed by some historians to have come from Robert Hooke and a result of the London Building Act, formed after the Great Fire of 1666. After the fire, sash windows could be found in most homes by the start of the Georgian Era in London. In new-build modern homes of today, sash styled windows have been reformed to fit with the era’s architectural style and lend a stylish hint of British history.

Credit: Mumford & Wood

Mumford & Wood is a premier British manufacturer of high quality timber windows and doors and specialise in the revival and replication of period features like Georgian style sash windows.

A Soft Colour Pallet

If you want to carry on the Georgian theme in your decoration, a carefully balanced colour palette will accent decorative features in a room as well as guiding light to enhance the spacious rooms and high ceilings further.  The colours used in the Georgian era were varied yet muted which oozed sophistication; timeless creams, powder blues, sage greens and even low-key reds.

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Such colours make the period features of the home stand proud and true to the much loved heritage of Georgian design.

A last key touch point when planning to style your Georgian home, is to remember is how long the period actually spanned. The era ran over such a long time, that styles evolved. If you’re building a Georgian home, you need to make it clear which style you’re working towards. The classical end of the era, which really pushed luxuries of Rome and Greece with its columns and parapets, were features noticeably removed from the stripped back styling occurring later in the era.