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7 period-inspired décor ideas for a new-build home

With 83% of Brits dreaming of living in a period property - here's how to nail the look
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 29-10-2018 09:00am

A recent study found an astonishing 83% of Brits dream of living in a beautiful period home.

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We're talking a decadent Georgian or Edwardian-built property, complete with decorative details that tie in with the era in which the place was built; for example, a beautiful fire place, elaborate tiled flooring, ceiling roses, original radiators...

(Oh - and gorgeous original windows, too, which were awarded the crème de la crème top-spot in the ranking of the most lusted-for vintage décor elements.) 

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Inspiration by Nicholas Anthony

So with that in mind, how-oh-how can you add a period twist to a property that's more millennial than Victorian? Well, the good news is this: you absolutely can add a touch of vintage style to your interiors. Read on to find out how...

1. Be colour scheme conscious
When it comes to nailing a vintage-inspired colour scheme in your home, dark neutrals are a good place to begin.

Inspiration by Victorian Plumbing

Not only do shades of navy and dark grey contrast beautifully against fresh white paintwork and glossy tiles, they also stand out against copper or brass details, too; think taps, handles and so on.

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2. Think grand with your details
Vintage-inspired interiors lend themselves perfectly to elegant, decadent decorations: think twinkling chandeliers, impressively framed artwork, stacks of candles, intricate mirrors...

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Scour antique shops, thrift stores, car boot sales and so on to pick up unique, old-school crockery and glassware, unusual vases, quirky ornaments and other stand-out details.

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3. Consider upcycled or reclaimed furniture
For a more shabby-chic take on the look, seek out pre-loved pieces that can add character to your space. Alternatively, work out if any furniture items you already own could take on a second lease of life in a new format; click here for some inspiring upcycled ideas. 

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4. Incorporate a fireplace
Before the birth of central heating, people were reliant on fireplaces to keep their homes warm, meaning period properties often boast one or two stunning built-in hearths.


Typically located in the living room or master bedroom, you can replicate the look in your new-build home by opting for a black or tiled design (so vintage) - and even if you don't plan on using it to light any fires, it can still make a gorgeous decorative centrepiece in your room.  

5. Consider your appliances
From the old-world cosiness of an AGA through to candy-bright retro-styled fridge-freezers, themed appliances have never been easier to find. 

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Inspiration by Smeg UK

6. Add faux wooden beams
Want to add a Victorian country-cottage vibe to your home? Consider installing fake beams on your ceilings - no, really! With the help of the perfect professional, it's an easier project than you might have thought and can truly transform a kitchen or dining area. 

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7. Pick an era and run with it
As with any theme, planning your interiors around a specific look requires a certain degree of dedication and loyalty - by which we mean, keep mixing-and-matching to a minimum. Is your home a cosy Edwardian-inspired cottage or a grand Georgian-influenced space?

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Whilst borrowing different elements from different eras is all well and good, it can result in a cluttered, confusing look if not executed correctly. Our advice? Pick your favourite and run with it.

NEXT! Want more period-inspired ideas for your home? Click any image below to browse our moodboard of suggestions...

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