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Welcome to the General Advice area of The Victorian Emporium. Here you can view and read all of our advice articles on their various subjects.

How to paint a cast iron radiator

How to paint a cast iron radiator

You can purchase your cast iron radiators from The Victorian Emporium painted or primed. If you purchase your radiator primed in order to save money or because you are undecided about the paint colour you require at the time of ordering your radiators, you can…

18 Nov 2019

You can purchase your cast iron radiators from The Victorian Emporium painted or primed. If you purchase your radiator primed in order to save money or because you are undecided about the paint colour you require at the time of ordering your radiators, you can paint the radiator yourself by following our simple steps.This guide can also be followed if you have an old cast iron radiator in your house that has flaking or old paint that…

Our guide to ordering and installing cast iron radiators

Our guide to ordering and installing cast iron radiators

Cast iron radiators are expensive items and as such you will want to make sure that you are choosing a suitable radiator that will work effectively and look beautiful, and that installation of your radiators is as problem-free as possible. When you order a cast…

04 Nov 2019

Cast iron radiators are expensive items and as such you will want to make sure that you are choosing a suitable radiator that will work effectively and look beautiful, and that installation of your radiators is as problem-free as possible. When you order a cast iron radiator from The Victorian Emporium, we send you detailed guides on moving your heavy cast iron radiators once they arrive, joining a long radiator if it is supplied in two…

Where would you use wooden architrave mouldings in your home?

Where would you use wooden architrave mouldings in your home?

Architrave is one of the most widely used wooden mouldings. It is used in almost all buildings, period or less old, residential or commercial. Architrave is used to surround an opening in a wall, most commonly a doorway or window but it can be used to…

24 Oct 2019

These openings somehow look unfinished without architrave, however there are instances where architrave is not used, such as where the design wishes to achieve an ultra-modern angular and stark finish in a building.How architrave is used on doorwaysWhen a doorway is constructed out of bricks/blocks or studwork and plasterboard and is then plastered, the inside of the opening is most commonly then clad with a timber door liner. This…

Ways to make the most of Victorian wooden coving

Ways to make the most of Victorian wooden coving

It is important to fully understand the function of different mouldings in order to make the most of these items which can really enhance the interior and exterior of your house if used cleverly. Coving is used to top or finish a wall or plane off and is often…

04 Sep 2019

It is important to fully understand the function of different mouldings in order to make the most of these items which can really enhance the interior and exterior of your house if used cleverly. Coving is used to top or finish a wall or plane off and is often a method of hiding the structure of this area ie a less than perfect join between wall and ceiling or fixings at the very top of a piece of furniture.We are often asked by…

Product Specification Support for Architects and Design Professionals

Product Support for Architects and Design Professionals

We have launched a product specification service aimed at architects and designers. We work with a wide range of professionals, including architects, who will typically specify for the building contractors, a ‘shopping list’ of products to be included in the…

07 Aug 2019

What is Specify?We help and work with a wide range of design professionals including architects and designers to help them find heritage products.CALL TO FIND HOW WE CAN HELPSpecify is free to use.We help find the right heritage products for the project, era and budget.We have expert knowledge and contacts at the tips of our fingers.We find and advise on a diverse range of products and information such as suitable…

How can wooden picture rails add a decorative element to any home?

How can wooden picture rails add a decorative element to any

Picture rail mouldings are not present in every period house and every room. Old houses with low ceilings would not have originally had picture rails as a picture rail requires a ceiling to be tall. The function of picture rail is to divide up and give a…

02 Aug 2019

Picture rail mouldings are not present in every period house and every room. Old houses with low ceilings would not have originally had picture rails as a picture rail requires a ceiling to be tall. The function of picture rail is to divide up and give a structure to plain walls; it also allows the hanging of paintings on these walls without the need for damage to be made to plastered wall surfaces in the form of nails or screws. In the…

Choosing the right style of Victorian architrave mouldings for my home

Choosing the right style of Victorian architrave mouldings

When selecting which wooden mouldings, such as Victorian architraves, to use in your home there are a series of questions to ask in order to make the correct choice for your renovation. If you have existing architrave in the house you will probably wish to…

01 Aug 2019

When selecting which wooden mouldings, such as Victorian architraves, to use in your home there are a series of questions to ask in order to make the correct choice for your renovation. If you have existing architrave in the house you will probably wish to match this as closely as possible but sometimes it can be difficult to find a good match because the information you have when trying to find the match is not easily available.From…

How to buy bricks to extend your Victorian house

How to buy bricks to extend your Victorian house

When carrying out an extension on a period house, there are many things to consider. However, a fundamental consideration if you wish your extension to seamlessly mesh   with your existing house is the size, colour and texture of the bricks you use. You need to…

25 Jan 2019

When carrying out an extension on a period house, there are many things to consider. However, a fundamental consideration if you wish your extension to seamlessly mesh with your existing house is the size, colour and texture of the bricks you use. You need to make sure they are as close to the original bricks as possible and that new bricks have gone through an ageing process to match the appearance of your older, more worn ones.How to…

How to choose fabric for your upholstery project

How to choose fabric for your upholstery project

Brocade, Brocatelle, Chenille, Chintz, Damask, Linen, Tapestry, Tartan, Tweed, Velvet, Weaves, Wools to name but a few. There are so many fabulous fabrics; sometimes it’s overwhelming choosing the right one.Although I will be talking about some practical…

01 Nov 2018

Brocade, Brocatelle, Chenille, Chintz, Damask, Linen, Tapestry, Tartan, Tweed, Velvet, Weaves, Wools to name but a few. There are so many fabulous fabrics; sometimes it’s overwhelming choosing the right one.Although I will be talking about some practical considerations when selecting fabric, my intuitive choice is usually the right one. Love the fabric you choose. Upholstery is a hard craft; all that effort needs the perfect top…

Were Victorian houses cold?

Were Victorian houses cold?

Are they cold = NoAre they colder than other houses = NoAre they more expensive to heat = Yes

18 Sep 2018

Are they cold = NoAre they colder than other houses = NoAre they more expensive to heat = YesWere Victorian houses cold?This is a common question asked by people assuming that newer houses are warmer than older houses. The simple answer is that average room temperatures have risen over the years however this is only partly due to the age of the architecture. So the simple answer is that some were and some weren’t cold. A house is…

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