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Welcome to The Period Interior

Welcome to The Period Interior, the new blog on everything to do with period homes.

The idea behind this blog is to share my decorating inspiration and passion for period interiors with you. Giving you the inspiration to update your home without losing its history.

Whether listed or not, a period house has a strong personality of its own and there is always so much character to work with when designing a historic home.

The architectural details and charming quirks of period properties make them unique, but, at the same time, it can be challenging to work with an old house; damp walls, leaking roofs, sagging floorboards. The list is endless.

This blog is going to be about the delights and the dilemmas of decorating your period home. You’ll be able to read about the meaning of architectural features, why we have listed buildings, the different period styles and what you need to know before buying a listed house. I’ll be visiting auctions, antique fairs and reclaim yards to show you where to find unique and interesting pieces for your period home.

I’m going to talk about paint colours and wallpapers that work for historic homes. So many wallpaper and fabric companies, for instance, are turning to the archives to re-fashion the old patterns by using new colours or a different scale.

Cole and Son Humming birds and Winter birds Wallpaper
Cole and Son "Winter Birds" and "Hummingbirds" wallpaper form the Archive Anthology Collection

"Blush China" by GP & J Baker and a Blue Vintage Sanderson Fabric

I will show you how to introduce a touch of the past into your period home without turning it into a museum. How to be brave when using pattern, how important it is to use natural paint, how to approach space planning in your period home and much, much more.

I hope you enjoy keeping up to date with what we do here at The Period Interior.


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