A typical Georgian house of the eighteenth century was elegant and formal in style.
During Georgian times, there was a heavy tax on windows due to money being needed for the war. The number of windows in a property was a sign of your wealth and poor people often only had one window per floor. Some people even bricked up windows to avoid the tax.
Characteristics of Georgian houses
Pillars in the front of the house.
Square symmetrical shape.
Panelled front door in the centre
Tiled hipped roofs (A roof which slopes upward from all the sides of a building.)
The roof was often hidden behind a parapet, or low wall built around the edge of the roof.
Fan light above the door.
King George I - Sash windows, usually eight over eight or six over six panes, rectangular fanlight and either a stone hood or canopy above the front door.
Sash windows (windows which slide up and down).
The windows nearer the roof are smaller than the rest.
King George II - Wide floorboards scrubbed and oiled and plain wooden fire surrounds decorated with Delft tiles.
King George III - Adam style fanlight, thin glazing bars and larger panes, triangular pediments over doors and windows.
The Georgian period, so named after the first four King Georges, lasted from about 1714 to 1820. A few of the period’s most influential furniture designers were Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite. Contemporary furniture styles included the French Régence, Directoire and the internationally adopted Empire style (known in German-speaking nations as Biedermeier style and in England as Regency).
|Georgian Wing Chair|
|Georgian Display Cabinet|
Fabrics and wallpaper
Georgian wallpaper was often imported from the Far East and Chinoiserie is still popular today in period style homes so there are plenty of examples around and available from specialist suppliers such as Cole and Son. Chinoiserie papers were first imported in the 18th century and towards the end of the Georgian era, simple block papers were introduced, featuring geometric patterns with squares and stripes.
Industrial advances meant that cottons and linens could be manufactured efficiently and cheaply, putting printed chintz and calico within everyone's reach. Sprigged, glazed cotton fabric was used for upholstery and curtains, bed hangings and loose covers. Toile de Jouy, originally from France, was especially popular, with its story displays on a monochrome of blue, purple, red or sepia on white. Modern variations are available from companies like Colefax and Fowler, Zoffany and Cole and Son.
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