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Georgian door furniture

Do you know your Georgian from your Edwardian, your Arts and Crafts from your Victorian? Period door furniture has never gone out of fashion so here is a brief guide to getting it right.

Period Door Furniture for your Georgian Home

The Georgian period began in 1714 and is generally regarded as having ended in 1820, overlapping with the Regency period (1800-1830). There are therefore many stylistic differences within the Period.  From 1760-1790 the Adam (named after Robert Adam) or neoclassical style, was in vogue. From c 1790 - 1830 the Regency style prevailed. Although all these styles lend themselves to very grand houses most people who own Georgian houses live in more intimate examples of the style, which is characterised in all instances by elegance, proportion and symmetry.

The Georgians loved painted doors, windows and furniture with only very expensive timbers such as seasoned oak and mahogany would have been left unpainted. Luckily there are plenty of paint manufacturers offering ‘traditional’ paints that will help give you an authentic look and colour.

When it comes to choosing door furniture you can take a fundamentalist approach. Most door furniture produced in the period was cast iron painted black. You can source original items from reclamation yards and antique shops but these are becoming rarer so high quality reproduction items are the preferred option. Strictly speaking brass door furniture was the norm in the Georgian period, but it has increasingly become the norm. With any brass item it is essential to source a good quality finish otherwise you may soon be replacing a tarnished item.

Remember that Georgian front doors generally had central knobs positioned at waist height and no letterboxes. The latter were a mid-Victorian invention.

Get the Georgian look in your home

You don’t need to be a Jane Austen groupie to admire the Georgian style and you can incorporate it in any home – whether built in the C18th or C21st century. Subtle touches can be used throughout the house to give a hint of that Georgian elegance. Try using door handles and finger plates in the hallway or in a living room added to a few decorative touches or period furniture. You can add a Georgian touch to upcyled furniture with some smart looking handles and fittings.

We’d love to see you Georgian style. Why not send us a pic or upload one to Ironmongery Online Facebook page?

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