We get a lot of calls from customers who have had the good fortune to purchase a Victorian house with a wealth of period features including some original tiles on floors and walls. The Victorians typically tiled a wealth of their house’s surfaces including hallway floors with intricate and colourful patterned designs sometimes incorporating encaustic tiles; porch floors and walls tiles to encompass skirting, dado and feature tiles in eye…
In a period house, stairs somehow look incomplete without a carpet on your Victorian stairs. There are different types of stair carpet you can use on your stairs. The main choice to make is whether you want the carpet to come to the very sides of your stairs and meet the wall, which tends to be a more contemporary look, or whether you want to use a stair runner, which is a carpet that runs down the centre of the stairs leaving the edges…
Hall runner carpets are commonly required because a period house has a long corridor or hallway, and the addition of a hall runner carpet makes the floor warmer on the feet than plain floorboards or tiles. It also makes the hall appear more homely and saves wear and tear on your floor tiles or boards.
If you have ever wondered how to install stair runner carpet around a corner, hopefully you will find some answers here.
Stair rods are traditionally used with stair runner carpet to give the appearance of securing the carpet to the staircase. However although originally stair rods were used as the primary means of fixing a carpet to a staircase, they are not actually safe to use in this way as has been demonstrated by many people falling down the stairs having tripped on loose carpet. Therefore nowadays stair rods are purely decorative and embellish the…
Stair runner carpet is simply a carpet that runs down the centre of a staircase and over landings, usually used in conjunction with stair rods. This is a traditional, yet stylish Victorian home decor element that can give any property an authentic, period feel.
Hallways were important to the Victorians. They were the area where guests first entered the house and were welcomed. As such the Victorians felt that this was a great opportunity to show off their wealth and good taste. This manifested itself in a number of areas.
The practice of using stone as flooring goes back thousands of years but in the Middle Ages it began to be recorded that flags (or rushes) would be laid across the stone to sweeten the air when trodden upon, thus giving rise to the word ‘flagstone’ as a description of stone flooring. Sweet smelling herbs such as lavender, camomile, rose petals, daisies and fennel were added to disguise somewhat prevalent bad smells.