Have you ever looked at your living space and wondered how you could make it uniquely yours? How can you make a space look incredible by changing just a few elements?
You might think that making a space unique is difficult when you are restricted by the floor plan or fixed features, but there are ways to change aspects of a living space that will make it stand out.
Victorian and Edwardian terraces make up a huge proportion of the housing stock in most UK towns and cities. Three up, two down, turn of the century houses have often been renovated beyond recognition from their original states over the decades, but many have still retained fantastic original features such as cornices and fire places.
There is so much you can do to make a Victorian home unique, even though it is one of hundreds of similar houses in your area. From painting the outside of the house, to making the most of the original features by bringing them up to date with colour and style, the choices are limitless.
Go bold with exterior colour! Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the colour you love, traditional colours look fantastic but going all out and creating a dramatic look for the exterior of your home makes it stand out.
If you are lucky enough to still have the original, cast iron fireplaces, don’t limit yourself to just painting them black. Painting the fire place can add interest to a room and create a stunning, modern twist on an original feature.
Painting a fire surround a bright colour effortlessly mixes modern and classic to create a truly unique look. Add some bright patterns and prints and a piece of vibrant art work and you get a stunning fresh and contemporary scheme everyone will want to talk about!
Flooring can change the look of a home in an instant. Many Victorian houses lost their original tiles and floorboards when they were modernised, with most of them having been lifted to fit modern electrics and plumbing.
There are so many options when it comes to flooring, from stripping, sanding and varnishing existing floor boards, to laying laminate, using replica Victorian tiles or going for a fresh modern look.
This Victorian hall way has been painstakingly renovated to reveal original tiles that were covered with carpet. Any gaps or broken tiles can be easily replaced with modern replicas to create a classic feel. Look out for original materials at your local reclamation yard too!
This flooring is a modern twist on classic Victorian tiles, which are currently highly on trend and stocked with most good tile retailers. On a tight budget or renting? Look out for "faux tile" adhesive stickers (you can thank me later!)
Going bold with floor plaints, tiles, and carpets can also create a bold statement in a Victorian home.
Mixing Old And New
Mixing original features with modern design schemes, colours and accessories can make for a wonderfully eclectic interior that is truly unique. Mixing old and new furniture, modern wallpapers against original features such as alcoves and fireplaces creates texture and interest to a room.
The design of this home effortlessly mixes old and new. The feature fireplace and the old kitchen range have been utilised to create focal points for the rooms.
What ever you decide to do to your space, don’t be afraid to experiment and to be yourself!