Period Styles: Georgian & Regency

Georgian and Regency styleA number of the colours in our 1829 Vintage Colours range are inspired by popular shades from the Georgian and Regency Periods.

When was the Georgian Period?

Neo-classical in both architecture and interiors, Georgian style (1715-1810) was developed from the Roman Palladian style. Famous examples include the Adelphi area of London, designed by the Scottish architect Robert Adam, and Somerset House in London, designed by the English architect Sir William Chambers. Harmony and symmetry were key, with delicate furnishing, intricate moulding and panelling. Georgian architecture was characterized by proportion and balance; simple mathematical ratios were used to determine the height of a window in relation to its width or the shape of a room as a double cube.

Colours such as Adam Cream and Deep Adam Green were favoured by the Adam Brothers. In general sage and light greens, whites and creams, soft greys, pinks and blues were popular. Simple repeat patterns or chinoserie in wallpaper, and oriental rugs, along with ornate ceiling and cornice mouldings are all in keeping with Georgian style.

When was the Regency Period?

Regency style (1811-1830) flourished during George IV’s reign. Characterised by architectural diversity, designs tended to be neo-classical whereas furniture design was eclectic and showed the influence of Greek, Roman, Gothic, Egyptian and Asian ornamentation. Decorative iron railings became popular in the Regency Period, as did French windows. Windows were treated as a feature with elaborate curtains, cords, tassels and swag tails.

Decorative paint finishes such as marbling and graining were fashionable again, along with sophisticated wallpapers such as flock, damask, moiré and papers simulating decorative effects. Gilding became popular, and stronger colours such as maroons and terracottas became more widely used.

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