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General Advice on Victorian living

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.

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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13 Sep 2018

Cast iron radiators can be very beautiful and are available in a wealth of different heights, widths, designs, paint effects and as such generally cost more than their modern steel equivalents. They are also very heavy and each section is hand cast so can have slightly different characteristics. We often get asked by uncertain customers whether, because of the volume of water they can hold and how heavy they are, are cast iron radiators…

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06 Aug 2018

The bath really is the stand out feature of most bathrooms and a roll top bath is the perfect choice for a period bathroom. There are a lot of different shapes to a roll top bath. For example there is the slipper bath with one high end, the oval bath with both ends at equal heights, the bath that is flat at one end or on one side and therefore supposed to be positioned against one wall.Choosing a bathThe first thing to determine when…

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20 Jul 2018

Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We'll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your Victorian fireplaces back to life. It would be unusual to have a working fireplace in a bedroom nowadays as people typically want their bedrooms to be cooler than their reception…

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17 Jul 2018

The first distinguishing feature that defines a Victorian bedroom is that it would have a fireplace, unlike this room in both the period before and the period after. In the preceeding periods, inhabitants would rely on thick blankets to keep warm and later in history, on cast iron radiators and electric heaters. The location of this fireplace may determine where furniture will sit comfortably so that the fireplace can be viewed as an…

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16 Mar 2017
​At The Victorian Emporium, we offer a service which helps you source period features and products needed in order to recreate a Victorian interior you may have seen and wished to reproduce in your own home or indeed on a film, TV or photographic set.

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23 Feb 2017
Owning a Victorian home is a responsibility. It existed long before you did and will probably be around well beyond the date of your death. For these precious architectural beings, you should see yourself as merely the custodian/caretaker, tasked with looking after the property until it becomes someone else’s.

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29 Jun 2016
Choosing a Victorian colour scheme to decorate your home can be tricky, but with a bit of background information, you should be able to narrow down what is right and wrong for your house. Here, we provide you with ideas on how to pay homage to the historic period.

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24 Jun 2016
If you have recently purchased a period property you could well be considering extending your house. People often look to extend their house because they need more space, often after they’ve had children and realised that kids stuff takes up lots of room.

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25 May 2016
During the Victorian era, fashionable gardeners created a wide range of artificial landscapes from rock gardens and ferneries to elaborate water gardens. A Victorian rockery embodied their passion for travel, plant collecting and gardening. It brought together many elements of Victorian interests and passions such as garden design, landscaping, botany, geology and innovation in materials and techniques. As rockeries becomes increasingly…

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