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Historical eras of Australian architecture such as Victorian or Georgian style are celebrated styles with interiors featuring highly detailed and formal finishes with dado rail, wall panelling & skirting board profiles that are balanced & elegant. Check out our Selections in a Box range to find your perfect style.

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Explore Victorian and Georgian styles. Learn more of each style here.

Victorian

What is Victorian Architecture or Victorian interior style?

Victorian architecture or Victorian style Interior design is a style that originated in UK during the Victorian era.

Victorian architecture incorporates various styles from classic facades and extremely ornate and decorative embellishments. Typical architectural features of this period include decorative cast iron or lace work, terrace housings, steeply pitched roofs, fretwork, chimney stacks, multi-coloured brickwork or red brickwork, stained glass windows, and double pane windows, oriel windows and curved verandahs.

Interiors of the Victorian style are characterized by beautiful and embellished mirrors, fancy upholstery, and lighting. Full of patterns and ornamentation, the Victorian interior style reflects richness.

How to achieve a Victorian style house?

Victorian style houses can be achieved by adding elegance, ornamentation and, richness to the space. Here are some tips to help you achieve Victorian style interiors:

  • Use darker colours:Ā  Victorian style interiors are characterised by dark colours such as ruby reds, forest greens, violets or cobalt blues. These colours help create a luxury and dramatic look.
  • Patterned wallpaper and upholstery:Ā Heavy damask patterns and the use of peacock feathers and their colours are common in the Victorian style. Use wallpaper from the skirting board to the dado line with vibrant paints above the chair rail line.Ā 
  • Oversized and ornate furniture: The furnitureĀ used is often oversized and ornate, with detailed woodwork and plush upholstery.
  • Use decorative timber mouldings: Timber mouldings are a popular decorative feature of the Victorian styleĀ and are often used to create elaborate and decorative features such as archways, fireplace mantels, wainscoting and ornate cornice mouldings.
  • Use Fancy lighting: Antique lamps and fancy chandeliers are commonly seen in this style. Usually brass was the preferred metal in the Victorian era, but if it is difficult to find brass colour paint can also be used.

 

 

Georgian

What is a Georgian style house?

A Georgian-style house refers to an architectural design and style popularized during the reigns of the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover, who were all named George. This period, known as the Georgian era, spanned from 1714 to 1830.

Georgian-style houses are characterized by their symmetrical and balanced design, influenced by classical architecture.

How to achieve a Victorian-style interior design?

To achieve a Georgian-style interior design, consider incorporating the following elements that capture the elegance and symmetry associated with this architectural style:

  1. Balanced Color Palette: Georgian interiors often feature a balanced and harmonious color palette. Opt for soft and muted tones such as creams, beiges, light grays, and pastels. These colors create a sense of lightness and enhance the overall elegance of the space.
  2. Architectural Details: Emphasize architectural details to reflect the Georgian style. Look for crown moldings, chair rails, and decorative trimmings that add depth and character to the walls. Consider incorporating pilasters, columns, and archways for a classic and refined look.
  3. Elegant Flooring: Choose flooring materials that complement the Georgian style. Hardwood floors, particularly in rich tones like mahogany or oak, are a popular choice.
  4. Symmetrical furniture layout with classic furniture pieces: Georgian interiors favor symmetrical furniture arrangements. Place furniture in pairs or groups to create a sense of balance and proportion. Select furniture that reflects the elegance and craftsmanship of the Georgian era. Look for pieces with clean lines, subtle curves, and fine detailing. Opt for furniture made from dark woods such as mahogany or walnut. Upholster in luxurious fabrics like silk, damask, or velvet.
  5. Fine Textiles and Draperies: Incorporate luxurious textiles for window treatments, curtains, and upholstery. Use floor-length curtains with decorative tiebacks and tassels. Consider incorporating fabrics with intricate patterns or delicate prints to add visual interest.
  6. Classic Lighting Fixtures: Choose lighting fixtures that complement the Georgian style. Crystal chandeliers, brass wall sconces, and candlestick lamps are popular choices. Ensure that the lighting is soft and creates a warm ambience.
  7. Antique and Reproduction Pieces: Include antique or reproduction furniture pieces and accessories to evoke the Georgian era. Look for vintage mirrors, side tables, grandfather clocks, and decorative items that reflect the period’s elegance and craftsmanship.
  8. Art and Decor: Enhance the Georgian style with artwork and decor that reflects the era. Look for classic oil paintings, portraits, and landscapes in ornate frames. Display decorative objects like porcelain figurines, vases, and intricate silverware.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of mouldings are typically used in Victorian or Georgian style interior design?

Victorian and Georgian style interior design often feature ornate and intricate timber mouldings to add a sense of grandeur and elegance to the space. Here are some types of timber mouldings typically used in Victorian or Georgian-style interiors:
  1. Skirtings and Architraves: Victorian Skirting board and Victorian architrave are characterised by intricate details on the profile. Usually, tall skirting boards that feature decorative elements are used. Elaborate architraves add decorative and define the architectural elements.
  2. Crown Moulding: In Victorian and Georgian interior design, crown mouldings are often elaborate with intricate details and can be quite wide.
  3. Chair Rail Moulding: Victorian and Georgian chair rail mouldings are often decorative with intricate designs.
  4. Wainscoting:Ā  Wainscoting or wall panelling with intricate patterns is commonly used in Victorian and Georgian interior design to add depth to the space.
  5. Picture Rail Moulding: Picture rail moulding was common in the reception area of the house to display artworks and photos. Victorian and Georgian picture rail mouldings can be decorative with carved details.

What are some common Victorian / Georgian style timber moulding and skirting profiles and how to choose them?

Victorian / Georgian timber mouldings usually have elaborate detailing. If you have a large number of options in front of you it might get a bit confusing. Intrim has made choosing Victorian skirting boards and other timber mouldings easy for you with our Victorian/Georgian selections in a box which has pre-selected primed samples of the timber mouldings profiles to achieve the desired look. Choose your box here.

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