Remodeling and Home DesignTwitterFacebook

Five ways to decorate a period home

14th April 2014
Period living, with its timeless elegance, is a style that captures imaginations like no other. Home building and renovations are increasingly popular, and the ‘Downton Abbey’ effect has had many of us hooked on vintage themes which emulate the same classical glamour. Here’s five ways to take your home back to the past, fast:

1. Create your own mood board
A good starting point would be to create your own mood board. Collect images, fabrics, floor finishes, lighting and items of furniture you like. You can even use Pinterest to make your own online mood board, and there’s lots of great websites which offer helpful and practical advice such as House to Home, Period Living and Period Homes and Interiors.

2. Make the most of period features
Period homes usually retain some of the original detail, architecture or features of the era. Stay faithful to the building’s own unique style and make the most of period features including cornicing, plasterwork or flooring. Choose a focal point such as a period fireplace and the rest will unfold.

3. Take inspiration from tokens of the past
Look at history books, visit museums and stately homes or even use old postcards to inspire your décor. Art from the period and even old family heirlooms can be a great style source. Jumble sales, flea markets and charity shops can also be an unlikely source of inspiration.

4. Use classical furniture or recover old pieces
Look for timeless, classical designs and pieces of furniture which create a harmonious and inviting design scheme. Rejuvenate current pieces and re-cover with vintage-inspired fabrics such as those in the iLiv Palladio range to create impact with key pieces. Styles which emulate the 1950s and 1980s are becoming increasingly popular; Ercol and Eames currently offer some classic design pieces which would complement a mid-to-late 20th Century style scheme.

5. Mix pattern and colour
Don’t be afraid to mix pattern and colour with eclectic elements and layer tactile textures and fabrics together. Different scales of vintage patterns in muted and aged colour palettes can be layered onto a neutral sofa for a classical interior, or layer different designs together in classical monotone shades. For example, a selection of cushions and bed throws can add depth.

Of course, modern homes will be impossible to disguise completely but a successful interior will blend modern living with the period style, whether your home is a Georgian, Victorian, or a more recent 1950s – 1980s style property.

For more information how iLiv can inspire you to create a unique space call 01772 651 199 or locate our stockists here.

News Photograph