A Guide To Georgian Interior Design

This post answers the following questions

1) What to consider when planning the layout of a Georgian inspired living room?
2) How to make a Georgian inspired living room?
3) What shapes, colours and images should you use?
4) When selecting furniture for a Georgian design, what should you choose?
5) What furniture became more sophisticated during the late Georgian period?

The Layout

When planning the layout of a Georgian inspired living room, the historical elements of the period should be considered. Traditionally portrayed through a combination of global design influences and displayed with simplistic symmetry, the Georgian style embodies an element of perfection and order which should be replicated in order to produce a true period design.

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The Shapes, Colours & Images

Built upon the lines and symmetry of the Palladian style, the best of the French influence in rococo, gothic and a touch of the orient, the Georgian style combines scrolls, flowers and ribbons to produce elegant and ‘grand’ designs.

Popular colours during the early Georgian period included sage green and burgundy. However, as the period matured, these colours were gradually adapted with subtle blues, pea greens, turquoise, off white, deep pink and Chinese yellow becoming popular in the late Georgian style.

Green was particularly popular for drawing rooms as it was the most expensive. When accented with stone, soft yellow and hints of gold in more extravagant Georgian buildings, it was seen to create an air of luxury, typical of the ‘Grand Tour’ design.

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The Furniture

When selecting furniture for a Georgian design, care should be taken to replicate the curved lines and intricate detail of the period.

Although sofas of the Georgian style were traditionally patterned in order to create a modern take on the design, plain upholstery can be used to act as an accent against patterned wallpaper.

In order to portray the Georgian style whilst using a plain sofa, pair it with pieces of ornate, vintage furniture such as library chairs – adorned with rich detailed carvings, these pieces offer elegance to the space and are typical of the 18th century.

Furniture such as bookcases and display cabinets became more sophisticated during the late Georgian period and were usually made of polished wood such as mahogany. In keeping with the perfection and elegance of the Georgian style, the wood should be of high quality and symmetrically designed to meet the requirements of the period.

With emphasis on light and warmth within a space, fireplaces were usually designed to be attractive and to form the visual centrepiece of the room. Mantles set within C scrolls, acanthus leaves and flowers were typical of the period and, due to their ornate appearance, were used to add an element of luxury to an interior.

Large over mantle mirrors are a familiar feature within Georgian properties. Usually set within a decorative gold frame, they reflect light within the space and allowing it to appear larger and more luxurious.

By Sarah-Jayne Culver

Junior Digital Marketing Consultant at FDC writing freelance about

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