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8 Ways to Blend Contemporary Styling with Georgian Interiors
As a welcome contrast to our busy, technology-intensive lives, Georgian soft colour tones and delicate styles can create a sanctuary away from the whirlwind of the outside world.
The classical clean lines of the Georgian style works beautifully in modern interiors, to create a fusion of period elegance and contemporary simplicity.
What is Georgian style?
The Georgian style of the 1800s began as a reaction to the French Baroque style. Where Baroque was attention-grabbing, ornate and dramatic, the Georgian style was very delicate and elegant.
Here are our top 8 tips to help you introduce Georgian influences to your home and living room:
1. Colour schemes
To create an authentic later Georgian colour scheme, dusky pink, sky or Wedgwood blue, soft grey, pea green or a flat white or stone. For an early period look choose burgundy, sage green or blue grey. For a more contemporary look, choose a silver or bright colour to contrast with the period style of The Eaton.
2. Soft furnishings
Classically, the Georgians would have gone for glazed cotton fabrics with small sprigs of flowers. For a period look choose the same fabric for the upholstery and the curtains.
3. Statement Lighting
Look for chandeliers made from glass, metal and wood with curved arms like an octopus, or use wall lights in brass, silver or silvered wood or a simple candle flame bulb.
The gracious Georgian living room would boast bare floorboards with Oriental rugs, or stone or marble floors. To mix up your style with a more modern feel, choose plain or modern geometric rugs.[/ezcol_1half]
5. Simple Wallpaper
Look for simple repeat patterns in wallpaper such as trefoils. Some of the original wallpapers are still produced today.
6. Elegant Fireplaces
Fireplaces were the focal point of the room: elegant with basket grates, cast iron backs and decorated fronts featuring swags, urns and medallions. You could add a firescreen painted to match the room.
7. Georgian Mouldings
Ceilings were intricate with ribbons and swags, classical figures and urns. There are companies who specialise in making reproduction mouldings.
8. Decorative items
Add further layers to your look by adding screens, fans, porcelain, lacquerwork from the Orient and bronze ornaments. Hang pictures in formal groupings, flanking the fireplace.
A Delcor sofa with Georgian style
It wouldn’t look out of place in a scene from Pride and Prejudice, yet the Eaton captures an elegant modernity that lives well in any style of home.
The design inspiration for the Eaton comes from the iconic Chesterfield. But this is a pared down, simplified version, very much in keeping with the Georgian taste for refinement and elegance. The delightful rolled arms and hand-pleating detail, set alongside a single height back and arms – are all distinctive period features.
The secret of The Eaton’s enduring appeal is its clean lines: deeply pleasing to our modern preference for a stylishly, unfussy finish. Here we’ve given the Eaton a fresh, metropolitan twist by choosing a pastel tulip pink.
Don’t be deceived, period elegance and modern simplicity are still sumptuously comfortable. The Eaton has a sprung back, seat and base to create exceptional comfort. The pocket springs move independently, so as you relax the sofa gently envelopes you. The perfect place to curl up with Jane Austen.
Get the look – A modern take on a Georgian living room
For a personal style consultation, please visit our showrooms to talk to one of our interior design experts in our inspiration rooms.
Will it Fit?
It is important to make sure that your new Delcor furniture will fit into your home. This quick guide will help you to work out if your furniture will fit into your room via doors, hallways and stairs.
If it does not fit, then don’t worry - all of our furniture is custom made and for a nominal charge is able to come apart and be assembled on-site by our qualified delivery team.
Firstly, note down the length, depth and height of your furniture. This information can be found on the product pages of our website.
Let's start at the front door. Open the door as wide as possible and measure the distance between the outer edge of the door to the inner edge of your doorframe at its narrowest point.
Compare the width of your doorframe with the height of your item allowing a little wiggle room on either side. This will determine if we can take the item through on its side. If the door width is greater than the height of your item, then it will fit through.
If the width of your front door is too narrow, then our delivery team can try to bring your item through upright. In this case, measure the height of your doorway making sure that it is greater than your item width. Again, check that there is some wiggle room.
If it does not fit give us a call as we can take off the legs or look at alternatives such as taking your furniture apart and assembling it on-site.
We need to make sure your furniture can get into the room that you’d like it to sit in. Measure the width of any areas that the item must pass through, such as hallways and internal doors at their narrowest points.
Remember to take note of possible obstructions such as radiators, shelving, skirting boards and light fittings. As long as the width at the narrowest point is greater than the height of your item, then your furniture will fit.
If your furniture needs to go up any stairs, measure the width of the staircase at its narrowest point. Remember to take any handrails or light fixtures into account. If this distance is wider than the height of your item then it should fit.
If you have a bannister and the furniture needs to be lifted over it, check that the distance between the bannister and the ceiling is greater than the depth of the item. Once at the top of the stairs, make sure there is enough room on the landing for our delivery team to manoeuvre your item into your chosen room.
If you have any questions please give us a call or pop into one of our showrooms, we would be happy to help.
The final part of the Delcor experience is delivery. We understand the importance of and respect that is required when delivering to your home – that’s why we do it ourselves. All our deliveries and installations are carried out by our own trained delivery teams using our own vehicles.
We will call you 7 to 14 days prior to your delivery to discuss the exact dates. At that time, we can talk about an am or pm delivery. You can change your delivery slot at any time but this may affect when the next delivery slot will be available.
On the day we will give you a call one hour before your delivery is due. We will remove and packaging and ensure the room is left just as we found it. Please ensure that the room is ready and the space for your new piece of furniture is ready. Unfortunately, we cannot remove any old furniture due to health and safety.
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