Many people live in homes that were built in the post-WW2 era, and it appears that the public’s passion for period homes isn’t waning, whether it’s a Victorian villa, Georgian vicarage or thatched cottage.
A 2015 article in The Telegraph newspaper revealed how desirable a period home that is complete with the appropriate historical details still is in modern times.
It’s certainly worth considering reintroducing historical features to your property if they’ve been removed by previous owners. This can increase the value of your home, according to property advice website Property Boost.
Period looks will work well in homes of any age, and you can use them to add some character to a bland modern build. Your local architectural salvage yard should be your first port of call because these can be a veritable treasure trove of Victorian floorboards, Edwardian shutters or Georgian cornicing. Many have websites that you can browse to give you a good idea of the pricing and availability of items, such as http://www.periodhomesni.com/products/architectural-antiques.html. If you live in a listed property, be sure to check with your local planning officers before undertaking any work.
Here’s a look at the key period trends for 2016.
Rich colour schemes are a perennial favourite in period homes. The current trend is toward deep, strong colours such as sapphire blue, amethyst purple and ruby reds. These will work particularly well if your property has high ceilings and larger rooms, which can stand up to strong colours.
This trend is inspired by the arts and crafts movement and the lush designs of William Morris. Botanical designs of flowers and foliage are big news at the moment, appearing on fabrics and wallpapers along with soft furnishings and accessories.
A look that would work particularly well in a converted warehouse or barn, this style borrows details from industry and is quite pared back. Think exposed brickwork, scrubbed wooden floors and wrought-iron details.
Shades of Grey
Grey is a popular neutral shade because of its versatility, with a palette including everything from the palest dove grey to strong gunmetal shades. Light, neutral shades will also show off detailing such as cornicing, fireplaces or panelling and let them be the star of the show.