Decorate a Period Home with These Top Techniques

Decorate a Period Home with These Top Techniques

Decorating a new home gives you free reign over your domain, and you can have a lot of fun with it.

But when you move into a period property, whether it's from the nineteenth century or the 1970s, you often want to preserve some of the original features. It can be a challenge to try and work with these historical details, and it can require a bit of research before you get started. There are a few essential things you need to take into account if you want to decorate with the period aspects in mind. You don't have to stick to a traditional design that matches the era, but even the most modern choices need to work with the original features.

Know Your Era

Before you get started, you should know what you're working with. Find out when your home was built and when any renovations or additions were performed. You can try to trace certain features of the home back to specific times to help you identify how to restore individual aspects of the design. If you can't find out the age of the house and its interior, try starting from the other end. Read about different interior design periods, using a guide like this one from Icon Wall Stickers to help you identify design elements that match those in your home. When you know the time, you can research it for ideas on how to restore original parts and add new ones inspired by it.

What Do You Want to Preserve?

Deciding what you want to preserve is one of the first things you need to do before you touch anything. There might be some features that you have to keep, either because it's required by law or for structural reasons. These are what you need to identify first so that you know the things that have to stay. Before you make any decisions about which elements of the original design you want to keep, do some research on techniques to bring things back to their original glory. You might look at the floors and think that you don't want to keep them because they look old and tired. But after reading about how you could breathe new life into them, you may want to keep them after all.

Combine Period and Modern Ideas

It's possible you might decide to decorate your new home so it's as close to its original condition as it can be. Maybe you want a retro 1970s kitchen or cozy, Victorian living room. But it's more likely that you'll want to combine old and new. For example, perhaps you want to keep the large wooden beams along the ceiling (or you have no choice but to keep them) but you could still choose a modern theme for your design. Choose your period and modern features carefully, so the traditional elements blend well with the contemporary aspects.

You might not have complete free reign over a period property, but the original features can give you plenty of inspiration. You can find a harmonious balance between the old and new.

Nhu Anh

Nhu Anh is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Nhu Anh attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.


3 charming small apartment designs from...

3 charming small apartment designs from Curly Studio

Modest, but contemporary and convenient, these 3 charming apartment designs...

25 charming 3D apartment plans

25 charming 3D apartment plans

Contemporary, beautiful and convenient, these 25 charming 3D apartment plans...

Loft 44 - an imposing Brazilian...

Loft 44 - an imposing Brazilian apartment design

Designed as an airy and open space, Loft 44 welcomes...

Youthful Polish apartment design by Plasterlina

Youthful Polish apartment design by Plasterlina

Contemporary, fresh and convenient, this colorful Polish apartment absolutely suits...

Stylish apartment designs for youngsters

Stylish apartment designs for youngsters

It is believed that youngsters always like things which are...

Banner Architecture

Banner Interior

Facebook BTwitter BGoogle Plus BPinterest BRSS B

Most popular

Google’s extraordinary office design in Israel

Google’s extraordinary office design in Israel

Google often has their own ways to show the creativity and difference. This amazing office design may be one...

Interior Designs

Cool bathroom design by Laufen offering kids exciting moments

Cool bathroom design by Laufen offering kids exciting moments

Cool, interesting and colorful, this lovely kid bathroom design by Laufen can immediately interest any kid in nurseries, kindergartens and...

Royal Dental – A sumptuous dental office in Romania

Royal Dental – A sumptuous dental office in Romania

Located in the prosperous Bucharest - the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre ofRomania, this glamorous dental office attracts...



About us is a website that brings you the latest and greatest news, ideas, articles and features in architecture, interior design and furniture.

Interiordesignlovers is not a retailer. We sell nothing from this website. Moreover, Interiordesignlovers desires to receive every post from architects and design lovers.

Get Updates (it’s free)

Enter your name and your email address here to receive the latest information, new articles and notices from us.

Submit a design

We are interested in interior design , architecture, furniture and lighting, but it can be anything, as long as it's about home.

Email to info[@] with the following info:

  • A brief description 200 words or more
  • A link to a website is always good
  • Email as many large photos as you have