Period properties, particularly those from the Victorian era were built to last. They were solidly constructed and featured a wide range of attractive detailing. By comparison, modern homes can seem boxy and bland. Gone are the high ceilings and ornate cornicing popular with the Victorians. Stylish sliding sash windows have, more often than not, given way to utilitarian casement windows.
Modern homes do have some benefits in terms of security and energy efficiency but are usually missing the character of a Victorian home. There are, however, several ways to add period features to a modern home. Here are six of the best to get you started and add charm and character to your modern home.
1. Cornice work and decorative coving
You may not be able to raise your ceilings to create the light and airy feel of a Victorian property. You can, however, easily add authentic plasterwork to your home’s interior. Ornate coving and a feature ceiling rose adorned with a chandelier-style light fitting will add a piece of 19th century charm to your modern home.
2. Rose Collection sash windows
Installing uPVC sash windows from the Rose Collection will add period character to your modern property. Our Heritage and Ultimate Rose windows are so authentic that they have been accepted for use in conservation areas across the UK. They’re not, however, exclusively for period properties. Their wood grain effect finish, astragal bars, and period detailing will look equally attractive on your modern home.
3. Feature fireplace
Victorian properties almost always had a feature fireplace, sometimes in several rooms of the house. Open fires and wood burners have had a resurgence in popularity in recent years. There are many realistic replica options available or you could source a period piece from a reclamation specialist for the ultimate in authenticity.
4. Wood flooring
Parquet flooring or exposed timber floor boards are hard wearing and full of character. Once you change your carpet or laminate flooring for a more traditional floor covering, you won’t want to go back. For a touch of Winter warmth, add a stylish patterned rug to accentuate the classic character of your home’s décor.
5. Bay windows
Nothing says classic period charm quite like bay windows. Their distinctive style is still popular in new build homes today. At Roseview Windows, we can create the perfect bay window combination to perfectly suit your home. Bay windows will bring an abundance of natural light into your home, making it feel bright and airy. They can be installed in such a way as to increase interior floor space and create panoramic views from your home’s interior.
6. Stained glass and unusual shaped windows
When you want your home to stand out from the crowd, a feature window is a great idea. At Roseview Windows, we can manufacture bespoke sash windows to meet your exact specifications. From arches and curves to unequal split sashes and coloured glazing; with Roseview Windows, your modern home will soon look as individually stunning as a classic Victorian property.
If you’d like to find out more about Roseview Windows and our range of products and services contact us today. Call us on 01234 712 657 or send us a message online.