Know Your Georgian From Your Victorian - Interior Design Styles Explained

Updated: Sep 3

When renovating a period property it can be difficult to determine which features are original, and which are later additions. To help you decide which character features to retain, we've highlighted the key design elements of significant architectural periods from the 12th - 20th century.


Gothic (1150 - 1550 and revived in 19th century)

Gothic Style

Ornate and heavily patterned


Features To Retain

  • Arches

  • Stained glass

  • Beams

  • Large imposing fireplaces

  • Flag stone floors

Get The Look

  • Red, gold, blue and stone colour palette

  • Decorative ribbing

  • Wrought iron and brass metal work

  • Oversized oak furniture and barley twist details


Georgian (1714 - 1837)

Georgian Style

Light and elegant with Roman and Greek influences


Features To Retain

  • Floorboards or pale stone floors

  • Dado height wall panelling

  • Intricate mouldings

  • Sash windows and shutters

  • Niches and alcoves

Get The Look

  • Pair floorboards with oriental rugs

  • Delicate furniture

  • Pastel colour schemes of pea green, mauve and pink


Victorian (1837 - 1901)

Victorian Style

Eclectic and excessively ornamental


Features To Retain

  • Polished floorboards

  • Encaustic tiles (often found in hallways)

  • Deep skirting boards

  • Ornate cast iron fireplaces

  • Roll top bath

Get The Look

  • Rich colours such as ruby red, forest green and dark blue

  • Patterned carpet

  • Flock and damask wallpapers with large bold foliage patterns

  • Heavily upholstered furniture


Edwardian (1901 - 1910)

Edwardian Style

Lighter and more informal than Victorian, with art nouveau influences


Features To Retain

  • Polished wood block floors (parquet)

  • Fireplaces with iron or copper hoods and decorative tiles

  • Lincrusta (embossed wallpaper)

Get The Look

  • Pastel colours such as primrose yellow and lilac

  • Floral patterns and chintz!

  • Tiffany lighting

  • Bamboo and wicker furniture


Art Deco (1908 - 1935)

Art Deco Style

Angular shapes and bold colours, influenced by early Hollywood glamour


Features To Retain

  • Checkerboard floor tiles

  • Polished parquet floors

  • Bold, rectangular concrete fireplaces

Get The Look

  • Bold colour schemes including black gloss

  • Angular, geometric shapes

  • Chrome, glass and mirrors

  • Highly polished wood, satin and fur


Book a free consultation to discuss how we can incorporate your property's period charm into a home for modern living.

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