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(Above photo - Antique Edwardian Settee - Mahogany Couch Seat 1900 )
One of the best ways to revamp your home is changing the interior design. Instead of using the more modern minimalist styles, you could try Edwardian interiors, which are quite distinct from Victorian ones. This article will show you the unique features of Edwardian interiors that could give you a unique home.
An Overview of Edwardian Style
(Above photo -- Arts and Crafts Sideboard - Antique Edwardian Buffet Circa 1900 )
We shall describe the Edwardian style concerning Victorian rooms, which featured dark-colored decorations and patterns. Victorian rooms had too much ornamentation, with the emphasis being on creating a lasting impression. However, during the Edwardian age, homes began to have airier, fresher interiors, reflecting the people's positivity at that time.
It was an era when the first planes were made, and the largest ship (the Titanic), by that time, sank in the Atlantic. However, it is the Arts and Crafts movement that defined interior design during the Edwardian period. Designers adopted natural and medieval designs to create an anti-industrial theme, creating a retro effect. The art nouveau movement made it even better with curved lines, natural forms, plants, and flowers.
Main Interior Design Elements
Edwardian interiors often featured highly polished wooden flooring with oriental-themed rugs (not carpets). In high traffic areas like hallways and kitchens, designers preferred red tile over other flooring options. The favorite colors during the Edwardian period were mainly derived from floral designs and pastel color schemes. Therefore, it isn't surprising to find rooms with a subtle grey, lilac, leafy green, and primrose colors. Wallpaper also reflected the light, airy feel, and featured pastel hues and floral shapes.
Choice of Furniture
Homes had mass-produced pieces of furniture imitating styles from the past. Thanks to the machines' efficiency, a homeowner had a wide range of furniture types to choose from compared to the Victorian age. Therefore, it was not uncommon to find an Edwardian home with a mix of the baroque, empire, and rococo styles. Another popular type of furniture during this era was the wicker furniture.
Enter Electric Lighting
(Above photo - Oil Painting Portrait Edwardian Girl - English Art )
With the coming of electricity, residents of the larger city estates (especially the affluent ones) ensured their homes were electrified. Their lamps had period shades like those surrounded by soft fabrics and tassels. To achieve an Edwardian interior, you may include these lamp shades together with the famous Tiffany lamps.
Types of Accessories
Apart from the essential design elements, Edwardian interiors feature several accessories like china sets. If you cannot find a good china set, you should try large cake stands, photo frames, and conical horns. Another popular Edwardian interior accessory is the use of flower vases
(Above photo - Antique Edwardian Sheraton China Cabinet Bookcase )
With the right design elements, you can quickly achieve Edwardian interiors in your home without the clutter that comes with the Victorian style. You will find all the things you need in an antique store near you or online. The only thing you should be careful about is the cost of the items, which might cost you more than Victorian accessories. However, that shouldn't dissuade you from going for it.
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