How to decorate an Edwardian house (without ruining the period charm!)

During King Edward VIIs reign the Edwardian period was born, running between 1900 to 1910 and right through to 1920. It was a real time of historical change, as the Victorian era had been characterized by dark & serious tones and complex, decorative structures, whereas the new King was a lot less formal in his ideas and much more open to trying fresher notions.

Edwardian architecture

Rows of Edwardian era homes

You can identify Edwardian properties by their beautiful red brickwork, mock-Tudor cladding & timbers, wooden framed porches, spacious hallways, ample & bright rooms, grand parquet wood flooring, geometric floor tiles and simple internal decorative features. Panelled front doors with ornate colourful glazing & enlightening surrounds were also a real sign of the times.

Defining Edwardian décor

Cheerful, elegant, fresh and light is the best way to describe Edwardian décor. Pastel colour schemes became fashionable, as well as floral and embossed wallpapers and paintings; largely influenced by Art Nouveau designs. Edwardian fireplaces shrank in size but remained appealing with the addition of iron and copper hoods. This was probably due to the rise of electricity, where wall lights, table lamps and central smoked glass fittings became considerably fashionable in the more affluent Edwardian households. Highly polished wooden block flooring accompanied by oriental rugs completed the informal yet elite Edwardian look of the time.

Edwardian interiors and furniture

Our top tips for decorating your Edwardian property:

Old record player

  1. Let the light in
  2. Think simplistic symmetrical clean lines yet grand
  3. Experiment with softer palettes e.g olive green, sage green, mustard, pale blue, pale deep pink, lilac & violet.
  4. Use darker colours in the living room, in comparison to the other rooms
  5. Utilise bamboo, wicker & mahogany furniture
  6. Purchase some quintessential ‘wing chairs’
  7. Use floral wallpaper that features roses, lilac or other bright flowers
  8. Add Edwardian accessories e.g. silver candlesticks & photo frames, needlepoint cushions, conical shell gramophone, etc.
  9. Find a huge plate-glass mirror
  10. Don’t be afraid to mix old with new

Edwardian window design

Interior view of an Edwardian style window

The Edwardian sash window style was the ‘six panes over two panes’ layout, where the upper multi-pane would often be fixed with a single movable pane of glass underneath to maximise the amount of light entering the room. Edwardian casement windows also became popular, usually painted white or with the frame painted a dark colour with the inner edge highlighted in white. Making the most of the new 1894 building regulations, which meant windows no longer had to be flush with the exterior wall, striking double bay and bow windows became a popular ingredient within Edwardian architecture too.

Typical Edwardian windows were dressed in hanging laces alongside floral curtains that complemented the wall colours. Edwardian interiors utilised simple roller blinds too.

Edwardian house interior design ideas

Gain valuable inspiration for your very own Edwardian renovation project via our Pinterest board!

Rejuvenate your South East Edwardian home this year

If you’re looking for a company that can give your Edwardian home a new lease of life without ruining its precious period charm, then look no further! Having transformed countless Edwardian-era homes right across the South East, whether you want to breathe new life back into authentic heritage windows and doors or add space, charm and value with a versatile Edwardian conservatoryget a quote today or get in touch with the SEHBAC team for further help and support.

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