The Georgian Design Period

A Georgian Terrace in St Helier, Jersey

So, I am now sat at home thinking ” What period in the history of architecture and interior design do I love the most?”

Frankly I love most periods but today I wanted to focus on that exciting period where evolution in all areas was gathering speed – The Georgian Era!

There are a few historical periods that I look upon as being the finest and most creative of times for cultural evolution and implementation of design and the Georgian Period ( 1714 – 1837 ( incl Regency Period of George IV and William’s short reign) has to be up there with the most exciting!

With young affluents taking the grand tours around Europe they brought back with them influences that inspired the architecture of Christopher Wren, the sweeping landscape gardens of Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Chippendale furniture sat in the most classical of homes. – think of Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and you can visualise it.

The Door Entrance Societe Jerriais, Jersey Museum

In Jersey, architectural influence from Britain was mixed with French – the order and symmetry of Georgian design became the predominant architectural style in St Helier.

Georgian Museum, New Street, St Helier

The evident features of the above property is the symmetry/balance and the sash windows; the pillars aside the door entrance (Doric in style). The dormers inserted to make more space for living in the roof space is also another period feature. Other key features of the period are fanlights above the doors and stucco plaster which could be sculpted and moulded for decorative purposes (made from lime, sand with additional plant or animal fibres)

Interior Styling is all about proportion. As a general rule, the ceiling heights on the ground floor would be higher than the first floor and reduce the higher up toward the servants quarters. Internal wooden shutters at the windows were also common. In the grander homes you might have the sweeping staircase in the entrance hall, stone/marble tiling and perhaps even block printed wallpapers.

An example of a restored interior in US which shows a style of wall covering popular at the time

What I love to see is where the modern style of living is incorporated into a historic property without taking away all that is characterful and nostalgic of the period.

This blog is a little more formal than my normal way of writing, unless you have the skill of the gents who write “Horrible Histories” it is always going to come off a little bit like teacher wrote lol!

Ginny Xx