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Create a Perfect Period Look in Your Home

Period dramas are all the rage on television. Therefore, as with many of these trends rolled out in the public eye, people want to replicate them - be it in their homes, via their wardrobes or otherwise. Many will have gazed longingly at the stunning settings for Downtown Abbey or pined after Pride & Prejudice chic, so just how to do you go about recreating such a look in your very own home?



Pick a period
 This may seem obvious, but one of the rookie mistakes that people will make when choosing to channel a period style will be not actually choosing an era and sticking to it. If you don't, you will end up with a real mishmash of styles, which will not only render your house looking like a junk shop, but it will also look very amateur indeed to a trained eye - which aren't we all now that Downton has started again? Do you want Elizabethan, Jacobean, early Georgian, late Georgian, Edwardian or perhaps an immensely popular look that screams Regency Period? Do your research about the interior designs for each period, take your pick of the bunch and remain steadfast within those dates.

Decide on a palette
 Once you have chosen your period - and as with any interior design project - you need to have a very clear idea in your mind about the colours you will be using. Pastels tended to be very popular in years gone by, but it will not be enough to go for all shades under the sun, else your house will look like a veritable paint box. Pick a few key hues and make them a focal point for walls and upholstery. However, be careful. If you are going for a Regency look, for example, you will need to combine colours with intricate patterns in order to keep the visually rich ensemble that is representative of the period. So consider your colour scheme along side any motifs, prints and decorative patterns that you will need to incorporate.



Invest in furniture 
One of the most important things you should spend money on when conceiving a period-syle interior design is the furniture. Even just one arresting item in the centre of the room can instantly bellow Baroque, serve as a Gothic giveaway or be reminiscent of Regency. The best thing is that you don't even have to cough up your inheritance - or indeed your dowry - to get your hands on pieces. Replica  mahogany furniture can look just as fantastic, yet cost a fraction of the amount. For a sitting room, what about a stunning chaise longue, or in the bedroom, have you considered an antiquated dressing screen? A beautiful, antique cabinet in the bathroom or perhaps an intricately upholstered footstool in the sitting room will instantly let people know your house has not come out of an Ikea catalogue - or indeed the 21st century. Similarly, just one eye-catching piece of artwork or a large, cleverly-positioned mirror reminiscent of the era will help to make it obvious what style you are going for.


The final touches 
Once you have a great colour scheme and a few pieces of magnificent furniture, it's the last few hints and suggestions that will tie the look together. What about an oriental rug or cushions with Asian detailing, reminiscent of tokens that wealthier members of society might have brought back from their travels to far away colonies? Have you considered the pots and pans you have around the kitchen? Copper pots were bang on-trend if you're going for post-Edwardian. Beautiful candlesticks can be another welcome addition, as electricity will certainly not have existed in the capacity that it does today all those years ago. Besides, in a sitting room, candlelight can create the perfect ambiance to wind down, while in the bedroom it may help you to relax before going to sleep after a long day.

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  1. Thanks for all the tips. I agree that it is super important to stick with a period but sometimes it can be fun to add a modern spin. I myself am a huge fan of the victorian era. The attention to details and homeyness of the rooms are priceless.

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    1. Like you said, a little modern spin is definitely required in order to pull off the newness too. Otherwise it would just be a bit too old time. :-d

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  2. I'd love, love, LOVE a period look in our home, but my family would not...they're far too prone to putting a jacket on a chair, throwing a bookbag on the couch, etc. It'd drive me nuts if the house was lovely like a period home. :) I do love them though!

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    1. I know what you mean, I lived with three males for a long time and always wondered when am I ever going to have the beatiful model like home, now with a princess too...I am doomed for another ten years. x-)

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  3. This is very interesting.
    I might have if I could.

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    1. Yes. I would say that it depends on your style...for me I don't mind having a room like this period.

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  4. Sounds good, great tips :d Well said "The details" make it or break it...
    Thanks and have a great days.

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    1. The details are everything always, without them the theme would be theme-less. :-)

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  5. wow, those are very grand, wish I could :)

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    1. Me too, but it's not an easy task of decorating or going with a period. It's a good someone knows and can write tips on decorating in periodic times.

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  6. I really would love a period look in my home. My hubby, on the other hand is very up to date and modern with what he likes. He'd never go for it. *sigh*

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    1. Yes, I fight with certain he and she likes too. In the end, it looks like nothing either of us want. cheer

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  7. Some very intriguing ideas. Definitely thought provoking.

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    1. Some of the styles and furnishings are definitely thought provoking. Put them all together and you have one fantastic reality. (f)

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  8. What a fun post! So many creative decorating ideas.

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    1. Hope you can use some of the ideas. It's a lot of fun!

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  9. That dining room table and chairs (not the last photo) looks similar to mine! Love the look!

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    1. I thought about buying some of those chairs, but I didn't know if I could keep up with the care.

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  10. I've never decorated in a period. Mine is more 'early childhood - my children' :-) But these are great tips!

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    1. Yeah! Those are the best. :d
      I have a room dedicated to LPS and castles. [-(

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  11. It would be very cool to be able to do something like this.

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    1. Definitely! I love theme decorating, it's fun to collect things in periodic time.

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  12. Thanks for all the great tips I am not a decorator but I will be now.

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    1. It's hard to be everything and be a great mom too. (h) Decorating is fabulous fun,especially when you're doing a theme.

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  13. I would love to create a periodic look in my home, especially in the living room where I can keep it nice. It is a room that has the most traditional layout.

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