Period properties definitely have a certain je ne sais quoi.
There’s something reassuringly orderly about the rigid symmetry of Georgian properties – their disciplined window placement, earthy brickwork, and subtle entrance embellishments ooze class and confidence.
Victorian properties also have an aesthetic appeal all of their own – with high pitched roofs, (typically) rouge brickwork, and expansive bay windows, they’re classic family homes.
And Edwardian houses are charming too – influenced by the Arts and Craft movement, they represent a dedication to simple design and often have wider rooms that maximize natural light, wide hallways, Mock-Tudor timbers near the roof, and ornate interior decorative touches.
Whether you’re lucky enough to have purchased one of the above architectural styles or property from a different era, you might be wondering how to buy home improvement products that align with their design aesthetics or add a subtle contemporary twist.
Here are a few tips on where to shop for period home improvements.
The right lighting enhances any home and period properties often having distinctive interior lights as well as wall-mounted and free-standing exterior lighting.
A specialist supplier such as Black Country Metalworks Ltd is a good place to start browsing for the right look. Their handcrafted collection spans classic Victorian styles as well as Gothic, Art Deco, and Industrial, and includes wall lights and lanterns as well as ornate interior fixtures such as chandeliers.
Once your lighting looks consistent with the rest of your property, it creates an exquisite experience for visitors – the approach to your house, entranceway, and interior instantly feel calm, warm, and welcoming.
Shopping for period décor can be tricky – especially if you want to add a dash of your own personality with pieces that reflect the property’s provenance as well as your own contemporary outlook.
But firms like Rockett St George strike the balance perfectly. Their mirror collection is certainly worth exploring if you love retro styles and have a wicked sense of humor – as well as classic windowpane, Marrakech, and Art Deco styles, they stock several typography mirrors adorned with risqué mottos.
If you’re game, purchasing period pieces with a modern twist adds personality to any home and they’re excellent conversation starters for soirees.
How do you subtly extend a period home?
You’ll need planning permission first but provided this is viable, there are options that don’t look out of place.
Take this orangery from Westbury Garden Rooms for example – beautifully crafted, it blends seamlessly with the external and internal design notes of the classic, end-of-terrace cottage and makes the ground floor feel much more spacious.
A well-made orangery feels more solid and substantial than a typical conservatory and acts as a light, airy, ambient transitional space between your home and garden – ideal for Mediterranean-style dinners or sharing a bottle of bubbly while you enjoy the sunset.
Good luck with your period property home improvements – hopefully we’ve provided some inspiration!