Everything You Need To Know About Georgian Style Homes


Have you ever envisioned yourself strolling through a peaceful English garden, just like you were a character in a period drama film? Most likely that garden would be attached to a Georgian style house. Georgian homes are old, steeped in history and have influenced architecture for generations. There are many houses that you might not categorize as Georgian but if you look closely, you’ll see features that resemble the historical example. For now, we’re going to stick to the original Georgian beauties with all their details and characteristics. Then we can all imagine we’re walking through the gardens of Georgian homes together. Here’s everything you need to know about Georgian style homes.

History

The term “Georgian” comes from the monarchs who ruled England from 1714 to 1830, all named George. During this period, English master architects Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren and James Gibbs were inspired by the beauty and symmetry of Renaissance architecture and determined to create a version for the British people. Enter Georgian style homes. These Georgian houses boasted wonderful symmetry as their main feature, whether they were small cottages or sprawling estates. Windows displayed multiple panes, standing to attention across the front of the house. Sometimes they were flanked at the corners with decorative quoins. The front door was always found at the center and often surrounded by windows or columns.

Georgian style homes became so popular across England that they created pattern books so these architectural styles could be quickly recreated to meet demand. Being so prevalent, it isn’t surprising that this is the first major style to appear in America. These pattern books were easy to transport, making the building of Georgian homes in the colonies efficient. And here’s where we deviate. As early America progressed, you see Georgian architecture mixing with farmhouse, ranch, and other kinds of homes. Today you won’t find new Georgian style homes being built but you can get a glimpse of them in some of the symmetry of certain styles, proving that a good style lasts forever.

Exterior

As mentioned above, one of the defining characteristics for Georgian homes is their symmetry. The front door is smack in the middle and if there are six windows on one side, there are six windows on the other. A smaller Georgian home might have a simple flat front but even the larger manor houses keep to the symmetry.

Is your Georgian house a square? Then you can count on that grid pattern continuing around the house. While all those windows will have you investing in lots of curtains, they will guarantee that all your indoor rooms are filled with natural light.

A historical Georgian house definitely required several fireplaces for warmth at the time. Thankfully you won’t have any strange chimneys because, just like the rest of the house, all your chimneys will be symmetrical with the front view. No matter if you have two chimneys or six.

Let’s talk details. Oftentimes the classic Georgian style homes would have decorative quoins on the corners to break up the stone or brick. It helped achieve that tidy box look and was a simple way to add interest to the home’s facade.

Another feature sometimes found on Georgian homes were columns. Heralding back to the Greek roots of architecture, columns made a home appear more stately and gave the entrance a little more grandeur. Nothing like welcoming guests to a clear display of your wealth.

While you may not see this aspect as much in Britain, you’ll definitely find it often in the U.S. Check out those shutters. They might be black or white or blue or gray, but they add to the symmetrical rigidity of the home’s facade with very little effort.

Time to get up close and personal. Georgian front doors are worth a closer look. Sometimes they’ll be flanked by columns or long windows. They might have some beautiful paneled window design above the opening. Or maybe they possess stonework that whispers of an ornate gothic age. Whatever the case, almost all Georgian style front doors have some kind of “look at me” feature.

When your home’s architecture focuses on symmetry and clean lines, that’s obviously what your landscaping should reflect. Hedges that can be trimmed into boxy shapes work well on a border. Think carefully about where you’ll plant your trees and flowers. You want each side to mirror the other as you walk up to the front door.

Of course if you really want the clean and tidy landscaping, invest in boxwood hedges and keep it at that. They’re simple to maintain and they look so nice against a symmetrical Georgian home. Line your front walk or your driveway or even just the flowerbeds by your home.

Back during the height of Georgian style, pathways were stone, brick or gravel. So if you really want to give your Georgian home that historical feel, no matter how old the stones actually are, use gravel along your sweeping driveway. That crunch will make you feel like you’re walking through a period drama.

Interior

When you picture a grand house in your head, you are probably greeted with a large foyer and sweeping staircase, right? It won’t surprise you that Georgian homes greeted guests this way. Such a grand entrance really sets the tone for the rest of the house.

In the larger Georgian style homes, you’ll find an abundance of rooms because some are meant to be formal living areas. Get out your velvet furniture and hang the sparkly chandeliers in these rooms to keep that elegance past going in your life.

Just as the exterior of a Georgian home is simple and linear, the interior takes advantage of everything rich and luxurious. You’ll find elegant details like patterned marble floors and delicate looking architectural accents. Because no one can resist a good crown molding.

Walls and floors aren’t the only places in a Georgian style home that you’ll find that little extra eye candy. The authentic historical homes are likely to have more than one fireplace and that means you’ll have more than one beautiful mantle to set the tone for your living spaces.

As you probably already guessed, Georgian homes have gorgeous windows aplenty. Most if not all of your living areas will have wonderful natural light. Don’t hinder that with curtains. Embrace indoor shutters that can be folded away from the windows during the day and provide your privacy at night.

Time to start collecting mirrors. If you haven’t already. All those gold framed vintage beauties with floral details absolutely belong in a Georgian style home. Place them strategically to help bounce light around in rooms that don’t have quite enough.

Georgian homes aren’t always big and fancy. Sometimes they’re cozy cottages instead. You’ll find the exterior materials indoors, deep set windows and maybe an extra sitting room with a cozy fireplace for company. Just the kind of place you can spend the rest of your life.{found on countryliving}.

Since you will probably have lots of light to work with, you’re options for color are limitless. So consider some deeper dusky shades that you might not normally choose. You’ll really enjoy them with all the natural light coming in.

You don’t have to stick with flat paint either. More light also allows for busy patterned wallpaper. Pick something floral and dainty if you want to stick with the historical Georgian feel or go with something bold and bright for a modern look.

When looking at a Georgian home’s interior, it’s easy to think that the only kind of decorating allowed is traditional and vintage. That’s not true. You can certainly pursue a modern design in your historical home. It would make the perfect blend of history and contemporary styles.

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