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.

 

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