Scott Currie's Southampton home, a guest bedroom is painted Conch Shell by Benjamin Moore. The George III chair is upholstered in jute-cotton, in tuberose, by Ralph Lauren Home. Elle Decor Aug 2009
Georgian style came about in the 18th century is named after the reigns of George I through to George IV in England. This style covered a time period from 1714 to 1837. During this time in England, Neoclassicalism, Rococo and Gothic Revival all had their influences on design, architecture and furniture.
If you have ever been to Virginia or anywhere on the east coast of the United States you would find these classic Georgian styled homes standing along side modern architecture. One could imagine how things might have looked if you take out the modern buildings in your mind and envision how buildings may have looked sitting by themselves on larger pieces of land.
Buildings were typically designed around a simple one or two story concept that were symmetrical in size and shape. The front door is centered in the middle of the building and surrounded by rectangular windows. The design still is one of the most attractive designs around. Not overdone, but very sophisticated.
Today we don't see many interiors based around pinks and oranges schemes and I ask myself why? Pastels are some of the most beautiful colors to gaze upon, and yet most of us gravitate towards the neutrals such as the gray , brown and beige tones.
I went through a mahogany phase of decorating, where everything we had in our home was stained mahogany. Then, I enjoyed the walnut tones, and then everything that was stained was then painted black, and now I embrace color. I think for the most part, many of us are scared to use color, because we don't know how to incorporate color. Color can brighten up your mood. It is absolutely amazing to sit in a room with vibrant shades of color. If you enjoy the very thought of primitive decorating, but are looking for a bit of color, consider the Georgian style which features colorful shades, while at the same time, embraces antiques.
Below we show you several ways of how to base an interior on the corals, pinks, reds, and raspberries.
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Georgian Style Color Palettes
Georgian wall colors were quite toned down and muted. Using historical paint colors is an excellent way of making sure you get the right tones and colors. During the 18th century, many styles around the world started experimenting with more vibrant color hues, so in photographs you may see pastel colors, and vibrant colors in many decorating schemes.
It goes without saying that stone grays were quite popular during this time. Tones of beige, and gray are still quite popular today. Brighter saturated paint colors such as Venetian red, royal plum, rosy pinks, indigo blue, Prussian blue, and yellow ochre were also in fashion.
Georgian Styled Wall Considerations
Georgian interior design relies quite heavily on its distinctive architectural style, which is why the design style is so elegant and exciting to look at. Panelled walls, stately columns, and wall moldings are seen in almost every Georgian styled home. The Georgian wall was comprised of 3 sections: The lower part of the wall was often wood panelled and ended with a chair rail. The centre part of the wall was often were decorative plates, pictures and prints hung. The upper part of the wall comprised of a picture rail, cornice and frieze.
The architecture is very decorative. Adding plaster mouldings, ceiling roses, rails and friezes will go a long way to re-creating this style. Paint is like the last lipstick applied to a beautiful design. Decorators Supply carries some of the most beautiful wall ornaments on the market. Plaster wall ornaments can get very pricey quickly. Victoria Larsen is one of the leading DIY resources for plaster decorative ornaments for the ceilings, walls and furniture. Go Statue on Ebay has some very nice decorative molds that you can use with plaster and concrete. They are expanding their stock monthly, and I have been impressed with the countless molds I have purchased from them.
Plaster Molds will allow you to produce dozens of embellishments for your walls and furniture, saving you thousands in the grand scheme of things. Each decorative molding that is pre-casted could cost you upwards of $9 dollars to $30 dollars or more on each decorative molding.
Depending on how much decorative appliques you need, you may consider sourcing out moldings that you can make yourself out of plaster which may cost you pennies in comparison. There are many detailed molds that one can purchase from Europe with some simple searching. Take the time out to see all that is available for custom DIY molds. Many of these companies are listed in google, but barried in pages, so the extra effort will pay off.
Georgian Styled Ceilings & Flooring
Georgian decor often features elegant wood floors. Wealthier homes often incorporated patterns into their flooring, such as an inlaid floor with a geometric pattern, stenciling or parquet layout. Incorporate plaster ceiling medallions and embellishments around light fixtures for a Robert Adam appearance.
Rococo Revival Piano Stool, Rococo Side Chair
Georgian style actually draws from a number of other influences. The Rococo developed in the early part of the 18th century in Paris, France as a reaction against the grandeur of Baroque where most of the pastel tones came into fashion. If you enjoy the bold shades of scarlet, cerulean, pacific blue, or shamrock green, consider working with the sibling colors such as seashell pink, peach, sea green, mint and sky blue as your main color shade in your home, while incorporating the bolder colors with accessories. The combination of pale blue and coral are great matches for one another.
1. Orange can be terrific when it is paired with dandelion yellow, bone white and copper. Use brighter sunflower yellow on the walls with muted pastel salmon as accents. Or use salmon on the walls with a few bright yellow accessories. Muted pastels work nicely combined with electric vibrant colors.
2. Consider sticking with the same shade tones for greater impact. (apricot, tangerine, salmon, sienna) are all wonderful shades that could play off one another. Consider painting a wall in a light apricot, and layer in painted English upholstery pieces with the same color tones. Consider working with copper hardware which also falls in the same color tones.
4. Pull together the details of your home in your fabric selections, upholstery and throw pillows. I believe it was Kelly Wearstler who insisted that the pink china she saw displayed in the kitchen of the home she was touring, had to come with the house as an agreement of the sale of the home. Display your china on gold or white sconces and collect several tones of the color that attracts you most. Again, matching your fabric up with your wall colors really creates a big impact. Consider purchasing sofas and armchairs with no upholstery pattern. This will give you the freedom to change the throw pillows as the room evolves.
5. Rit Dye includes dozens of dye combinations that I often use to achieve colors in paint mixing. If you have gallons of paint like I do, and useless shades that are no longer your style, this site will help you mix your own paint formulas for painting projects. Use the extra paint with odd furniture that you can incorporate, or stenciling on the walls.
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6. Rethink pink as an accent color in your house that you can showcase in different ways, other than the wall color. Find a fabric that you love, and match the paint up with the fabric. China is the perfect way to display brighter colors. Line them up on your wall using plate hooks. Throw pillows are great ways of adding pops of color on your sofa and beds. Lamps can be painted, and custom shades with fabric to match your interiors can be customized. Painting furniture is the best way to incorporate several shades of color into your home.
7. Paint your walls a shade of mango, and layer in frames in copper or gold. Consider painting picture frames a burnt ochre orange, with picture mats that match the wall color. In this picture you see several shades of orange, and a brass pitcher makes a nice centerpiece. If you plan on working with a bright color, consider accenting it with either copper or brass. It is amazing what either metals will do for tones of pink or coral.
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8. The paler pinks are feminine and pretty, while the more intense shades such as raspberry, are dramatic and exciting. Shell pinks find their true complementary shades in the pale, blue-greens, but also work well with the lighter shades of blue and lilac. Use the stronger colors of such as scarlet, Persian red and crimson as accent colors.
9. Color-washing the walls is an excellent way to tone down a bright color on the walls. Light gray, or pastel yellow can produce a mottled effect against a bright tone on the walls. The faded, sun-bleached corals also look great on exterior patio walls with terracotta floor tiles and plant holders to give a Mediterranean look.
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10. Shocking pinks aren't always the easiest colors to decorate around, although they work really well teamed with pastels in the same color tone and greens. Fuchsia pink works nicely with accents of apple green, warm golds and coral pinks.
-Raspberry and mulberry shades work well with pastel shades. Pale shades of bluish pink are a excellent choices for bedrooms, while the boldest, vivid colors tend to work best on accent pieces such as a painted console table, china on the wall, or seen in paintings with several other pinks combined.
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