Period Style Perfection
Interior designer Laura Green shares her tips on how to create the perfect balance between contemporary and period style in your home.
Rows of Edwardian terraces, new build apartment blocks, grand old houses and quaint fishermen’s cottages; this eclectic mix of architectural styles adds charm and diversity to our coastal town. Look inside these buildings and the stylistic melting pot of different eras becomes even more richly flavoured. Particularly in vogue at the moment is the idea of preserving period features whilst also incorporating more contemporary, clean aesthetics. It can be a difficult balance to get right. Luckily, interior designer Laura Green is on hand to give her top tips on how to do it well.
“Layout can be particularly challenging, with modern day family living requiring larger open plan spaces. Knocking smaller rooms into one is a good way to make best use of the space. Try to keep or renovate as many of the original features as possible, if not, replace with replicas or reclaimed originals. You can source old original fireplaces, wrought iron radiators, parquet flooring etc. quite easily. Start with this as your canvas and then add contemporary furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, mirrors and pictures.”
Mixing contemporary kitchens, bathrooms and furniture in period houses creates a stunning look but Laura advises against segregating the two eras too bluntly as this can interrupt the overall flow. Instead, she suggests trying to make sure that every room has hints of each. “Select antique pieces, such as a Grand Father clock, and place in a contemporary kitchen. In the living area, trendy ornaments look great displayed on a vintage sideboard or ornate mantlepiece.”
According to Laura, creating a period-influenced interior doesn’t mean you have to follow the style to the letter, there’s still plenty of room to add your personal stamp. “Add an injection of your favourite colour to a reclaimed item to give it a personal touch or cover a period chair or sofa with a unusual fabric. These are both great ways to make your home a truly individual space that is unique to you.”
Laura Green worked for an interior designer in London before starting her own interior design business in Leigh in 2012. Since then she has worked on houses throughout Essex, doing everything from single room makeovers to whole-house renovations. She also creates gorgeous framed artwork, with prices starting from as little as £10.