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Victorian and period style lighting – how to achieve the authentic Victorian effect

Victorian and period style lighting effect

In Victorian homes lighting was used sparingly. There were several small pools of light created in each room, next to chairs and over tables rather than a large central bright light in every room.

22 Jan 2013
A very important point to make is that Victorian lighting was not very bright, especially outdoor lighting. A gas street lamp only illuminated a few feet around its post and as they were placed at some distance apart a lot of the outdoors was not illuminated at all. It could be said that any exterior Victorian lighting served the purpose of providing distant points of brightness to aim for. So when choosing exterior lighting for your…
Create your own Victorian-style garden

Create your own Victorian-style garden

Whether you choose to simply add Victorian-style furniture and ornaments to your garden, or opt for a full landscaped transformation, you can guarantee that your Victorian-style garden will be a real showstopper for many years to come.

22 Jan 2013
The Victorian era is renowned for its elegance and grandeur. This historical period was also celebrated for its progressive thinking when it comes to gardening and landscaping – new and influential discoveries from this era included garden tools, lawnmowers and giant glasshouses. If you’ve always been a fan of the Victorian period, why not create your own Victorian-style garden and bring the past back to life? Even if you don't live in a…
Types of Victorian Exterior Lighting

Types of Victorian Exterior Lighting

There are a number of different types of outdoor lighting you can use. These can be as decorative or plain as you wish – they will still fulfil the same function of providing light.

22 Jan 2013
Outdoor lighting serves a number of different functions. It can be used for the illumination of say your driveway or entrance making it easier to retrieve your keys etc. Outdoor lights are also used for the purposes of home security – burglars are averse to lights and you will feel safer if you can see your way from your car or gate to your front door. As well as the practical benefits of outdoor lighting there is a notable aesthetic…
Victorian Sash Window Accessories

Victorian Sash Window Accessories

Sash windows are one of the most usual windows used in a Victorian house. Many Victorian houses also have casement windows.

22 Jan 2013
Sash windows are one of the most usual windows used in a Victorian house. Many Victorian houses also have casement windows. Both types of windows look great and you can fit Victorian style sliding sash window accessories so that they compliment your period home. These windows can be maintained by a competent DIYer given a little time and patience. Every few years, you may find that the paint is peeling and that they need freshening up.…
Victorian Door Knockers and Door Bells

Victorian Door Knockers and Door Bells

Door knockers are an important feature of a period home as they are the caller’s first contact with your house and the opportunity to make a good impression from the outset.

22 Jan 2013
Door knockers are an important feature of a period home as they are the caller’s first contact with your house and the opportunity to make a good impression from the outset. There are many different types and styles of Victorian door knockers but a few styles work really well on a Victorian house and are faithful to the original style of the house.
How to recreate the original entrance to your Victorian home

How to recreate the original entrance to your Victorian home

Reinstating the original Victorian gate can make a big difference to the look of your home. 

22 Jan 2013
Victorian architecture is one of the most diverse periods, ranging from Arts and Crafts styles through to epic gothic affairs. However most Victorian housing stock is in the form of red brick terraces with slate roofs in towns.
Why period property is a good financial investment

Why period property is a good financial investment

Period property improvements will add value to your period home and you may never want to move again!

22 Jan 2013
The first point to make is the logical one involving the numbers. They just don’t make them any more - the existing stock of period properties is never going to expand. As the housing stock is added to, we find that the proportion of period properties to non-period properties decreases. Anything in short supply will maintain or increase in value if the demand stays the same or increases.

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