Edwardian Feature Houses

 

Edwardian architecture dates back to the relatively brief period of 1901-1918, when King Edward VII was king. This style was a move away from the Victorian periodic style, as it embraced larger spaces and incorporated some Georgian characteristics as well. Here are some defining features of Edwardian design:

 

Differing Exteriors

Although red brick properties were commonplace in Edwardian architecture, this period heralded in a multitude of other types of materials used for exteriors. For example, gravel, pebbles, cement and lime were also used and often combined together, while reinforced concrete frames were a habitual feature.

 

Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau rose to prominence a decade before King Edward VII was king, so it’s no surprise that it featured heavily in so many Edwardian interior designs. Stained glass on front doors decorated in Art Nouveau style was commonplace, while ornaments and furniture pieces were inspired by natural forms, a typical Art Nouveau feature.

 

Airy Spaces

 

Because of the ever-growing industrialisation and pollution of cities, there was a newfound desire for many people to move to the suburbs. This allowed architectural designers to play with more space compared to the cramped Victorian era. This is why Edwardian interiors are more airy and spacious, with large windows, floral wallpaper and light walls a common theme.

 

Vintage Furniture

An Edwardian home wouldn’t be complete without furniture that has historical influences, especially from the Italian Baroque and French Rococo styles. Wicker furniture also became an ever-present in Edwardian homes, which was a reflection of how society was becoming more multicultural.