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Georgian Era: A brief guide to its interior décor style and gardens

The Era

The Georgian Era spanned loosely from 1714 to 1837 and was a time of great change and artistic advancement. In terms of art and architecture, the Georgian Era was marked by the neoclassical style, which greatly influenced the design of homes and public buildings during this period. 

The Architecture

The Georgian style is a beautiful, flowing mixture of ancient Roman elements such as niches and alcoves. The use if the three Classical columns - Corinthian Ionic Doric--was introduced in this time period to add precedent for what would come next with Neoclassical styles that were more modernised but still had some classic aspects like metalwork on doors or lavish stonework inside homes which can be seen throughout Britain's Palace Of Westminster among other buildings. The profile figures found throughout Europe from Greece into Italy are also present here along side more decorative motifs including swags ribbons garlands husks etc...all combined together creating something unique yet familiar at once.

One of the most distinctive features of Georgian style décor is its symmetry. This can be seen in the architecture of the time, which relied heavily on columns and other classical features. If you're looking to add some Georgian flair to your home's exterior, then consider adding some symmetrical features such as columns or pilasters. You could also add a pediment above your door or windows.

Another feature of Georgian architecture is an emphasis on light and space. large windows were a common feature in Georgian homes as they helped to create the illusion of more space. If you're looking to add more light to your home, then consider installing larger windows or French doors. 

The Décor

Georgian homes were characterised by their symmetry and classical detailing. Fireplaces were often ornate, with marble mantels and carved surrounds. Furniture tended to be delicate and finely made; common woods used included mahogany, walnut, and cherry. Upholstery was often patterned or striped; damask and velvet were popular choices. Moldings and cornices were used extensively throughout homes as both decoration and to hide any imperfections in the plasterwork beneath them. 

The Furniture

Georgian furniture is characterised by its straight lines and simple designs. Chairs and sofas tended to be upholstered in rich fabrics like velvet or silk, and often featured detailed button tufting or piping. Tables were either round or rectangular, with straight legs supporting a sturdy top. Ornate mirrors and paintings were also popular accessories during this time period. Gilt frames were all the rage, as they added an extra touch of luxury to any space. 

The Lighting

Georgian style windows were often large and topped with beautiful stained glass panes. Thick drapes were used to control the amount of light coming into a room, while candles and oil lamps provided additional illumination after dark. Chandeliers were another popular way to add light to a room, although they tended to be more ornate during the later part of the Georgian era. 

The Palette

Tones of 'Off-White', 'Fawn' or 'Lime White' were widely used during this Era. Inexpensive pigments of red oxides and Iron were commonly used as well. Colour schemes included Pink, Mauve and Pea-Green. Rich jewel tones were popular, as they evoked a sense of luxury and opulence. Saturated greens, deep reds, and regal purples were all used to create an immersive and inviting space.

The Fabrics

When it came to fabrics, damask and brocade were often used for upholstery and drapery. Silk was also a popular choice for both clothing and home décor items like wall hangings.

An image of the Royal Scottish academy
The Royal Scottish Academy is a fine example of ​​Georgian architecture

'The Georgian Era is often referred to as the Age of Elegance'

Georgian interior by the sea
Georgian interior with a Sea view​​
Georgian garden and Décor
Georgian garden and Décor​​

The Garden

During the Georgian Era, gardening became an extremely popular pastime among the wealthy aristocratic class. Gardens were designed in a formal style, with straight paths and neatly trimmed hedges arranged in precise geometric patterns. Statues and fountains were also commonly used to add a touch of refinement. 

The Georgian garden was a style of garden design that emerged in the late 17th century. This style of gardening was characterized by its symmetrical design, use of evergreen plants, and incorporation of statuary and fountains. Georgian gardens were often designed to be viewed from inside the house, with Plants carefully chosen to complement the architecture of the house. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most popular plants used in Georgian gardens. 

Perhaps the most iconic plant associated with the Georgian garden is the cypress tree. These evergreen trees were often used to line driveways or walkways, and their striking shape and dark green colour added a stately elegance to any garden. Cypress trees are also known for their resilience; they can tolerate long periods of drought and still maintain their beautiful appearance. If you're looking for a plant that will make a dramatic impact in your garden, the cypress tree is a good option. 

Another popular plant used in Georgian gardens is the boxwood shrub. These shrubs are known for their dense, compact growth habit and their ability to be shaped into intricate designs. Boxwoods were often used to create hedges or topiaries in Georgian gardens. However, they can also be grown as standalone specimen plants. If you're looking for a plant that can add structure and formality to your garden, the boxwood shrub is a good option. 

Roses were a staple in Georgian gardens, with several varieties being grown. One of the most popular was the Rosa Mundi, which was a pink and white striped rose. Another variety that was popular was the Damascus Rose, which had a strong fragrance.

Lavender was also a very popular plant in Georgian gardens. It was often used as a border plant or as a ground cover. It was also used in many potpourris.

Rosa Mundi
A sample of ​​Rosa Mundi
A Georgian style garden with Roses and Lavender
A Georgian style garden with Roses and Lavender​​

To summarise

If you're looking for a timeless design aesthetic, you can't go wrong with Georgian style. This elegant period offered a refined take on both architecture and interior design that is still popular today. From its symmetrical façades to its patterns inspired by classical antiquity, there's no denying the appeal of Georgian design. So why not consider incorporating some elements of this timeless style into your own home?

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