Built in bulk during the industrial revolution, a large number of us are now lucky enough to live in a Victorian property. But not all of us benefit from the same delightful interiors that reflect the Victorian era. Keep reading for the all-important interior design rules you need to follow to get the best out of your Victorian home.
Emphasise the plaster
Amongst the beautiful interior features of Victorian homes is the elegant plaster mouldings on and around the ceiling. If you’re lucky enough to have the original Victorian cornices in your home, you simply have to make them a focal point of your design. Using deep colours against the clean white of the cornices will highlight them perfectly.
Similarly, you can use contrast to good effect if you have a traditional ceiling rose. A modern light fitting beneath this ceiling centrepiece will give your home a healthy balance of new and old, with attention firmly drawn to the unique Victorian plasterwork.
Uncover the hidden gems
Your Victorian property might need some accessorising in places, but one place you can strip bare is the floor. Victorian houses were built with strong, bold floorboards that – if treated properly – can create a beautiful, rustic and even warming atmosphere in your home.
The hallways and sitting rooms are ideal for this flooring, which is possible even with floorboards in poor condition. Just make sure you get your floorboards properly repaired and treated before releasing their beauty.
Restore, don’t remove
The final rule – and without a doubt, the most important – is to restore any classic features that are looking worse for wear. These quirks are what set your property above others. They’re its unique selling point, and they need to be treated as such.
And in design terms, arguably the most salient feature is the beautiful sash windows found in Victorian houses. Quintessentially Victorian, these brilliant windows can be restored in many ways to give them a longer life and much more aesthetic appeal.
Getting the timber restored and waterproofed can prove an excellent investment as it will keep your windows looking great for years to come. Some companies can even add double glazing to your existing frames to make them more functional as well as attractive.
Sash window repair and restoration
At Fortis and Hooke, we provide a range of restoration and repair services for sash windows that can keep your Victorian property looking perfect. We believe in preserving the heritage and natural beauty of your windows, without the need for unnecessary replacements.
And with our draught-proofing and double glazing services you can rest assured your sash windows will be fully functional for all your requirements. Fill in our online contact form for more information on any of our services. Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 313 4688 or contact us via our enquiry page.