A Brief History
Georgian interior design dates back to the 18th Century (1714-1837). This period is so-called in order to reflect the reign of King George (I - III). Georgian interior design is characterized by its simple and elegant style. Early forms of Georgian interior design were plain yet elegant
Georgian interior design in the United States was embraced in Colonial Revival architecture and perpetuated by imported pattern books from England that circulated in the American upper class. Georgian architecture was known for its highly symmetric structures and is also characterized by chimneys on either side of the building. Here are some of the astonishing characteristics that caused Georgian interior design to stay relevant and become incorporated into our architecture for several centuries.
Influences of Georgian Interior design
Georgian interior design have some common characteristics with the Palladian style, as well as Rocco and Neoclassic design. Georgian interior design is one of the rare and distinctive forms of design at that time. Being a unique design, it still appears many interior styles today.
Pale colors were generally used in the Georgian interior design. Walls and wall panels were painted in gray, brown and pale blue. Wood work was done in white, brown and stone colors. After some decades, Georgian interior design introduced vibrant colors, but they were only used in the light contrast. Modern Georgian interior designers also use golden hues and applied colors to the ceilings. These color schemes maximize the space and are complemented by natural light.
Pattern and Textures
Georgian interior design impressed everyone with its intricate patterns and textures and are still mesmerizingly beautiful. Georgian interior design used fabrics and wallpapers in windows and wall panels extensively. Fabrics and wall papers were decorated with gold, adding even more beauty to the fabric. Curtains and drapes used during Georgian period were very decorative and filled with detailed texture.
Waxed wood was the main type of flooring implemented in Georgian interior design. Modern interior designers prefer Georgian when going for a more traditional effect. Thick carpets were also used in the design, resembling a modern rug.
Furniture and Accessories
Since the Georgian style is known for its organized structure, Georgian interior design would consist of only a few pieces of furniture and accessories allowing for a lot of space for movement. Furniture designed during this period was made with darker woods. Gliding and wooden inlays were also used to decorate furniture. Large mirrors were used as an eye catching feature of the Georgian interior design, and this idea is still used to make a room feel more spacious after almost 300 years.
Georgian rooms are illuminated by ceiling lamp such a chandelier and ceiling lamps were made from glass, silver and brass. Georgian rooms were not
illuminated by bright lights. Modern Georgian interior design holds with this and continues to only use pale lightning.
Georgian Interior Design Inspires Still Today
Another aspect of Georgian Interior Design was using fireplaces as the focal point of the living room, which modern interior designs still implements to this day. The patterns and textures used in the Georgian interior design are still used in modern and contemporary interior design.