Georgian-Inspired Elegance Lives in Today's Homes

Many of us still admire the elegant proportions and soft colors which dominated English homes of the early Georgian period — that the 18th-century reigns of George I and George II. King George III was succeeded by his son, who had been prince regent and then became George IV when his daddy died. This period is much more commonly known as the regency era.

English Georgian homes were motivated by the strong classical designs of early Romans and by Italian Palladian and Pompeian decorative details. They had mild rooms with lovely proportions, large windows plus a subtle but sophisticated palette of soft blues, dusky pinks, pale grays and whites. This era has even moved entire ranges of heritage paints today, helping create a historic elegance that so many modern homeowners admire.

The typical English Georgian facade with a portico took its design from the ancient Greeks and has been used to expansive effect in the Pantheon in Rome. A porch is still a practical feature today, though we may or may not opt for this formal design.

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The Georgian with windows created rooms of proportion. While people in the period dressed their windows with sumptuous curtains and pelmets, the absence of them allows for an extremely modern aesthetic with a Georgian background.

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Properties had an abundance of moldings, and decorations comprised classical figures, ribbons and urns. We may not be lucky enough to own a period property, but the decorative nature of the design has been used to create many wallpapers, replica moldings and upgraded takes on classic bits — such as chandeliers.

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Josiah Wedgwood was famous for his pottery and especially for his jasperware — for he, like so many of his eponymous layout sockets, took inspiration from the screenplay. Taking the shapes of Roman vessels, his bits comprised classic scenes in white on a background of those colors typical of this era.

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Whether you like the traditional Wedgwood design, it has inspired generations of color schemes with while moldings — specifically, white on Wedgewood blue. You can see this timeless scheme here in a beautiful room with Georgian-style mild and ratio. Note also the hardwood flooring and Oriental rug, also typical of this era.

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Thomas Chippendale, another Georgian designer and cabinetmaker, hardly needs an introduction, as his work continues to inspire furniture design today. His style has an inherent simplicity with Chinese influences that are exotic. Today his work is used in the design of balustrades and railings.

From the old era, furniture has been made from wood, such as walnut; wood has been also introduced from Spain and then from Central America. Nowadays many of us still love rich, dark wood. Here it adds warmth and elegance into a softer Georgian color palette.

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