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(Above photo - Period Regency Dining Table - Mahogany 3 Pedestal 1880 )
The Regency period is named after Prince George, who became regent in 1811 and ruled on behalf of his father, King George III, who had become indisposed by insanity. His reign as regent continued until 1820 when he became King George IV after the death of his father. He was to rule the kingdom until he died in 1830. Therefore, the regency period ran from 1811 to 1830, coming soon after the Georgian period.
King George IV was known for his flamboyant lifestyle, which was evident in his choice of fashion and furniture. He never shied away from spending large sums of money to decorate his residences.
Even though the Regency style originated in the neoclassic form of the late 18th century, it was heavily influenced by England’s colonial ventures. Designers and architects began using exotic wood to make furniture. They also copied fascinating themes and used them in all aspects of design, including interior décor. The result was a unique Regency style that combined elements of classism and fantasy.
Regency Dining Room Interior Décor
(Above photo - Set Regency Dining Chairs Antique Mahogany )
Interior décor during the Regency period combined several elements, including domes, oriental styles, elaborate chandeliers, exotic mix of colors, and gilded furniture. A lot of care went into matching the design elements to bring out a complete picture—for example, a dining room at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, UK. The harmony created by choice of design elements such as the choice of wallpaper and furniture upholstery gives the dining room a uniquely regent look.
All over the houses during the Regency period, it was not uncommon to find chinoiserie, which was used to add exotic elements to a minimalist classical style. Thus, many dining rooms during that time featured wallpapers with chinoiserie decorations.
(Above photo - Large Regency pedestal dining table )
Also widely used during that time is the regency stripe, which was commonly found in greens, golds, and reds. However, there are several rooms in which there was black contemporary black-striped wallpaper. Regency interior designers also used wallpaper friezes on more than just the walls. Homeowners also preferred to decorate the walls in their houses with paintings.
Regency Dining Room Furniture
(Above photo - Large Regency Dining Table - Walnut Pedestal Tables Seats 18 People )
A dining room was not complete without the necessary furniture. Just like modern dining rooms, Regency eateries had a table and a set of chairs. The furniture was mainly made from mahogany even though ebony and other exotic woods were used later on. There were additional zebrawood and rosewood veneers that created the style’s characteristic clean lines.
Designers added metal accents to give Regency furniture an elegant ornate look. The metals favored by furniture makers at that time were brass, bronze, and ormolu (imitation gold). On both chairs and tables, there were brass inlays and accents along the legs and corners. The bases of the chairs and tables were often brass animal feet – the most common being that of a lion.
(Above photo - Regency dining set )
With the right kind of furniture and decorations, you can replicate the Regency dining room experience in your home today. Check antique stores and other places where they sell vintage furniture for everything you need to transform your dining room.
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