Monday, June 8, 2009

History Lesson: The Edwardian Period

The Edwardian period is one of my favourite periods of design. Following the elaborate and cluttered rooms of the Victorian era, Edwardians brought pared down airy rooms. Colours were fresher, ornamentation simpler and dados, pictures rails and extensive paneling began to vanish. Although more detailed than modern homes, the Edwardian era is the beginning of more modern sensibilities, and works beautifully with modern furnishings and design.

The picture below shows some of the key architectural features from the Edwardian period. Although less detailed than Victorian rooms, Edwardian design still often featured a picture rail (the mouldings which run above the doors and windows), a dado or wainscot (moulding which rungs just below the hip level) and of course, cornices and skirting boards.

Image from Paint & Paper by David Oliver

Colours schemes of this era were also fresher; pastel tones and pearly greys were used extensively.

Here are some pictures of modern interpretations of the Edwardian style.

Image from Paint & Paper by David Oliver

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Above two images from design Hillary Wallace

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