Age of Elegance
Reimagining Georgian interiors for modern day
Explore the appeal of period styling
There's something about the style and symmetry of Georgian interiors that appeals to contemporary tastes. Often referred to as the Age of Elegance, the period in question dates from 1714 to 1837 and covers the reign of King George I through to IV. Although styles did evolve over the 123-year period, in general walls were papered or painted in muted colours, architectural details such as mouldings or ceiling roses were intricate, furniture was delicate and uncluttered, fireplaces were a focal point and floors were waxed wood or parquet and often covered with rugs. Happily, you don't need to live in a period property to buy into this trend as it can enhance a modern building as much as a traditional one. Here are three ways to incorporate the theme…
3 ways to incorporate Georgian style
1. The Georgian interior relied on lots of decorative, architectural details. While we're not suggesting you add a ceiling rose to every room, you could experiment with panelling. Look to The English Panelling Company, Painted Wall Panelling or Fine Panel for inspiration.
2. When it comes to paint shades, seek out the heritage ranges on offer at brands including Dulux, Little Greene and Craig & Rose. You can also paint cornicing, window and door frames and even doors in the same or a complementary colour for an impactful finish.
3. Georgian interiors were relatively uncluttered and didn't include that much furniture so take the opportunity to minimise clutter and invest in better pieces rather than more.
Turn your home into an impressive social space
Come Dine With Me
Create the perfect space for friends and family
At-home entertaining needn't mean spedding hours in the kitchen concocting a Michelin-worthy meal – you can go to a restaurant for that. The main aim is to spend quality time with friends and create a beautiful space that invites people to eat, drink and be happily merry. Whether that's a more laid-back vibe or a sit-down meal is up to you – but here are the pieces and tips that can instantly transform your home into a social hub for you, your friends and your family.
5 ways to ease the pressure of entertaining
1. Don't have enough chairs? Benches or stools, topped with a cushion for extra comfort, work just as well.
2. Forgo formally laying the table and pile plates and glasses, and bundle cutlery in the centre so that everyone can help themselves.
3. Don't waste time dishing up in the kitchen. Present food in cooking pots and bowls, on platters or chopping boards, and encourage everyone to dive in.
4. It's important to protect your table top with place mats, but there's also something lovely about proper linens, so invest in napkins and a tablecloth or runner.
5. Good lighting is a must. Try layering electrical and candle light – just avoid scented ones, as they will interfere with the taste of the food.
Fall in love with designs most democractic era
The term ‘mid-century modern’ was originated by author Cara Greenberg in her 1984 book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s, although it’s now more broadly used to describe the prolific period of architecture and furniture design that occurred post-WWII and continued into the Sixties. A standout era for interiors, the designers of the day began experimenting with materials. technology and mass production with the aim of making pieces that were affordable to all. They did away with highly ornamental details, producing clean-lined, organic forms that were both functional and stylish – and still look good today.
5 way to get the mid-century look
1. The mid-century modern look bridges the natural and the manmade, so team lost of warm woods with metal, plastic of fibreglass designs.
2. The simplest way to nail the look is to make a focal point of an iconic piece (original or reproduction) by one fo the era's key designers, such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson or Jens Risom, to name a few.
3. Iconic designs tend to come with an equally iconic price tag, but bargains can still be found at vintage shops and online auction sites. Tip: look for British brands such as G Plan, Ercol, Hill and Kandya, and pay attention to legs – tapered, hairpin or atomic shapes are key.
4. Pattern design also underwent a transformation during this ear. Look to work by Lucienne Day and Anni Albers for inspiration and make abstract graphic prints your go to, whether on walls, cushions or throws.
5. Choose lighting carefully. Whether it's a floor, table or pendant light, it should be sculptural and elegant and offer more than just illumination.