From 1714 to 1830, Georgian period interior design reigned alongside its three monarchical namesakes. Divided into three phases, the Georgian period maintained its popularity as the crown was passed down between the three Georges. These distinct phases allowed the style to reform and develop gradually, moving toward lighter colour palettes and more decorative design by the start of the 19th century.
The architecture of Inigo Jones characterised the Palladian style, with its graceful proportions and symmetry influenced by ideas from antiquity. Another major influence on Georgian style was the Grand Tour, when the upper classes would spend several years touring around Europe, particularly Italy. The richly decorated interiors of the Italian Baroque became a huge influence on Georgian style, and Gothic flourishes were often a feature of classically influenced architecture. Acanthus leaves, scallop shells and masks influenced by ancient Greek and Roman art are other important design signifiers of Georgian style. The preoccupation with neoclassical style influenced everything from architecture, to interior design, to fashion.
The Georgian period differed much from the preceding Queen Anne design, replacing soft curves with sharp lines, repeated motifs and eventually growing to become more regal in design. From decorative quality bathroom taps to intricate and throne-like baths and toilets, the luxury bathrooms of the Georgian period offered a neoclassical renaissance for those that could afford it. Interior design was very popular in the Georgian period, which saw the introduction of print books that people could browse through to help them decide on their decorating choices.
Symmetrical, decorative and ornate
Repetitive motif and patterns
Light colour schemes focusing on space and air.
Ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese architecture design.
Robert Adams was inspired by Italian home design, with special attention paid to the use of ornaments and decoration.
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Ceramics - heavy, symmetrical and bold shapes for toilets, sinks and bidets.
Fixtures - decorative bathroom taps and showers with Italian and Greek influences.
Furniture - luxurious fabrics on upholstery, such as velvet or damask with fine and repetitive patterns.
Flooring - real wood oak flooring or plain floorboards are a popular choice, draped with a neoclassical or oriental rug to balance.
Walls - subtle use of soft colours; blend with the ceiling colours while using intricate white classical moulds to create texture along the edges of the rooms. Ornate and intricate wallpaper with oriental or floral motifs is also popular.
Colour schemes - light and airy colours that provide a light touch to the interior design such as blue greys, Wedgewood blue and stark white for ornate features.
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